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15 Responses to “Vrillon Transmission: 1977 pirate TV message from space alien”

  1. Bryan White says:

    omitted: …we do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

  2. G3 says:

    I love the part about having the expertise to hijack a TV transmission—

    Because “Lenny and Squiggy” did it in Used Cars. Man that was funny. “If I can build and install a pacemaker in this man’s chest”

  3. zachstronaut says:

    I immediately think of the bit from Ren and Stimpy! Very Similar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPXl3ZSXl6o

  4. anon0mouse says:

    Prepare for the dawning of the age of aquarius?  Great.  That’s exactly what freaked everyone out in 1977…space hippies.  
    “If you refuse we will be forced to scandalize you by showing you our space boobies then tripping out on moon acid and psychedelic music.”

    “All your space are belong to us.”

  5. V says:

    Vrillon?  That guy?  I remember him from Ashtar Galactic Command Academy – always pulling stunts like that.  Interstellar prank calls, mutilating random large herbivores, abducting backwater yokels and molesting them…Hadn’t thought about him for years!  He washed out of Academy – I thinks he’s a Frith Gas broker over on Nubulon 6 now..

  6. Garymon says:

    In the 80′s I had a decent collection of analog synths. Patching a mic through a keyboard sounded much like this broadcast.

  7. doggo says:

    I recognize that voice, that’s Michael Moorcock in his Hawkwind days. “These are the first signs of sonic attack: You will notice small objects – such as ornaments – oscillating. You will notice vibrations in your diaphragm. You will hear a distand hissing in your ears. You will feel the need to vomit…”

  8. Gilbert Wham says:

    WHY was I not informed of this? I am going to have to have words with my mother. I KNEW there was a reason I needed to stay up late when I was a child. Man, I feel so fucking cheated…

  9. Wayne Dyer says:

    I still think the WGN hijacking was more creepy.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion
    Video is on YouTube.

  10. fergus1948 says:

    I remember this well and will never forgive Vrillon for doing it. You can hear at the very beginning that his broadcast interrupts the news just as the newsreader is about to give an update on progress in the cricket Test Match between England and Australia! It beggars belief that any ‘advanced’ civilisation would have the stupidity to meddle with a cricket match! 
    Jolly poor show, Vrillon, jolly poor show! 

    Damned aliens!

  11. nozodurendozuo says:

    while yall are laughing at the admittedly groovy and laughable weirdness of this long lost cultural gem of UFO lore, real stories on UFOs and ET visitation persist and are ignored by the bias so ingrained on boingboing and in nerd and science-enthusiast culture. I am in good company when I say UFO’s are real and probably the most important subject facing our species. Who else am I in company with? A short list woud include multiple NASA astronauts, Military insiders, radar technicians, scientists and Politicians such as the former heads of defense for the UK and Canada and the former CIA director Roscoe Hillenkoetter.

     I await everyone ignoring these facts and making half-ass jokes about former CIA director being named “Roscoe” -the implication that only redneck hillbillies see UFOs -  in 5…4…3….2….

  12. dainel says:

    Oh we believe in UFOs. It’s just the conclusion that they are space aliens, that’s a bit problematic. “It’s not a, b, or c … therefore it must be x”.  What about d to w. And don’t forget y and z.

    And anyway, if you already identify them, then they are no longer UFOs are they? They’ll be more like IFOs.

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