Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Carpenters: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

I know this might shock you, but I'm not a big Carpenters fan.

Not my kind of music. But I had to check them out when I heard they had a song called "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft." Here's the video for it:

I like how it starts out, basically mocking the cheesy DJ type that spun "solid gold" hits of the 70s. After that, things get trippy. Mr. J takes what he thinks is a regular phone call requesting a song, but nothing could be further from the truth. A fuzzy, electronic voice speaks in strident hisses through the phone, informing the disc jockey that "we are observing your Earth."

Numerous alien ships then approach the Earth. Sometimes they appear rather Robotech-y and others almost resemble the "beamships" referred to in Dulce lore. Anyway, the song goes on for a few minutes and its basically Karen Carpenter in space making an appeal to occupants of interplanetary craft (hence the title) to come in peace and help make the world better a better place. Buy us a Coke, teach us to sing, keep us company, and all that shit.

This actually dovetails quite nicely with several aspects of UFO phenomena, especially the whole "space brother" contactee movement. These were people who claimed to have had contact with aliens who were completely human in appearance, but with near perfect physical features. Yep, they were just damn pretty. They also only wanted to help the human race. They wanted us to mature, to embrace peace, and to join them in an interplanetary brotherhood.

That's basically what the Carpenters are saying in this song. I had no idea they were ever into such things. I suppose it shouldn't surprise me. The 1970s did have a great deal of metaphysical, New Age hoo-ha floating about in the zeitgeist. A movement towards peace was certainly present in the early part of the decade, so I guess this song shouldn't come as too much of a shock. Given that many of our lives are currently affected by economic strife, threat of violence in our streets, and who knows what will happen after this election (I promise I'll hold off on Trump dumping for tonight), having an outside force come down from the sky and fix everything sure would be nice.

Fortunately, someone in the YouTube comments for that Carpenters video says that's exactly what is going to happen on March 15th, 2017. That's "World Contact Day." As he says, "Please for the love of the world inform others."


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