The favorite video of Anne “Celestia” Heche?
The world’s going to hell—but maybe if we all wish really hard at the same time for an alien invasion, it’ll be ok! That’s the message of this uncharacteristically broad-minded toe-tapper from the Carpenters. Written and originally recorded by a Canadian band called Klaatu, “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” takes its inspiration from 1953′s World Contact Day, an apparently unsuccessful effort to summon an interstellar policeman.
I do like the idea of world peace being instantly attained and with someone else doing all the work, but on the other hand it seems presumptuous and wreckless to fling such a message into the vast unknown. What if they have problems of their own that they were hoping we could rescue them from? Or what if the occupants turned out to be space pirates, or slavers? Then we’d be sorry!
Is it worth the risks? Do you think we should try it again? -John Q Sanchez
Oh, and: Aliens are also on the radio in David Bowie’s “Starman” (performed for an audience of boogying children, after the jump).