|Song by Klaatu from the album Sir Army Suit|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, funk rock|
"Silly Boys" is a song by the Canadian band Klaatu, which first appeared on their third album, Sir Army Suit. "Silly Boys" was composed primarily of a backmasked version of Klaatu's 1973 single "Hanus of Uranus", as well as a brief backmasked fragment of the instrumental ending of "Little Neutrino". The later version of "Silly Boys" which appears on both the "Raarities" and "Solology" compilations features the backmasked "Hanus of Uranus" vocals in their entirety.
The actual lyrics
Klaatu placed a robot-sounding vocoder over approximately half of the vocals, leaving every other verse, being sung backwards, unedited. When the track is backmasked, one hears the lyrics of an earlier Klaatu single, "Hanus of Uranus" (later re-recorded as "Anus of Uranus"), as well as a fragment of the instrumental conclusion of "Little Neutrino". Both tracks appear on the group's earlier album, "3:47 EST".
The printed lyrics
The lyrics printed on the lyric sheet were written to portray a literal interpretation of the lyrics, as they would normally be heard, without the assistance of backmasking. The lyrics were also printed backwards, which led some listeners to backmask the song, to discover the backmasked tracks, of which this song is composed.
- Dee Long - vocals, keyboard, guitar
- John Woloschuk - vocals, bass guitar, keyboard
- Terry Draper - drums, percussion, vocals