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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), John Wiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman and Meltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records and recorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as the band's name was changed to Oaxaca. A second Elektra album also went unreleased, though a single was issued under the name the Stalk-Forrest Group.

Cut loose by Elektra, they changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and made the lower reaches of the charts. Columbia sent a promotional EP, Live Bootleg, to radio stations in October, and followed with BÖC's second album, Tyranny & Mutation, in February 1973. Their third album, Secret Treaties, was released in April 1974 and became their first to break into the Top 100 bestsellers. (It eventually went gold.) BÖC released a live double album, On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February 1975.

In May 1976 came their fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, including the Top 40 (Top Ten on some charts) hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (featured in the classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween), which became their first gold and then platinum album. (On Your Feet went gold shortly after.) BÖC's sixth overall album, Spectres, was released in October 1977 and went gold in January 1978. In September 1978 came a second live album, Some Enchanted Evening, which eventually would become BÖC's second million-seller, followed by the studio album Mirrors in June 1979. A year later, BÖC released its ninth album, Cultosaurus Erectus, with the gold Fire of Unknown Origin, containing the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You," following in June 1981.

In the summer of 1981, drummer Albert Bouchard was replaced by the band's tour manager and lighting designer, Rick Downey. BÖC's third live album, Extraterrestrial Live, was released in April 1982, followed by the studio album The Revolution by Night in October 1983. Downey left in 1984 and was replaced in 1985 by Jimmy Wilcox. The same year, Lanier left and was replaced by Tommy Zvonchek. BÖC released its 13th album, Club Ninja, in January 1986. Bassist Joe Bouchard left in 1986 and was replaced by Jon Rogers. In 1987, Lanier returned to the group, and Ron Riddle replaced Wilcox on drums. BÖC's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final new album on Columbia Records in July 1988. BÖC scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddle on drums. In 1994, Blue Öyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album of re-recorded favorites, in connection with the use of their music in the TV miniseries of horror novelist Stephen King's The Stand. Numerous lineup changes ensued throughout the '90s (as the band kept on touring the world), and in 1995, were the subject of a double disc anthology, Workshop of the Telescopes.

By the late '90s, BÖC had signed with the CMC label, resulting in their first album of all-new studio material in ten years, 1998's Heaven Forbid, and three years later The Curse of the Hidden Mirror. The group's music reached a whole new generation of hard rock fans when Metallica covered the BÖC classic "Astronomy" for their best-selling Garage Inc. album in 1998, as a few other best-of collections surfaced around the same time -- Super Hits and Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best Of. In 2001, Columbia/Legacy reissued BÖC's first four releases with a newly remastered sound and added bonus tracks. ~ William Ruhlmann & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Awesome Album
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tobybarden
Two of my favorite all time songs. Don't Fear the Reaper & Burning For You. Awesome❕����
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Where is the first album. The first two are for the people who think O Cult can't be heavy when they want to.

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kellycoles71 8
Every time I hear this song I think of SNL, MORE COWBELL !!!!
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WE NEED MORE COWBELL
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Trust me, fella's, you're gonna want that cowbell....
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this is one of the soundtracks to the movie Joe dirt
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lpaulae
More cowbells...
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The scolloped tatters of the King in Yellow must hide Yhtill forever
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GODZILLA!!!! ! ! Enough said!
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Death becomes us all. Do not fear the reaper, for we shall meet again...
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I'm only familiar with four songs.
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This was the 1st band I ever saw use lazer lights n the 70s awesome show
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I gotta fever and the only prescription is more cow bell!
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I never have feared the Reaper
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OMGOD...ZILL A ! ! !
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Im burning a few reaferz lol
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GODZILLA!!! Where have you gone? No I wasn't talking to you Chloe Kardashian.. .
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I'm burning for you.Either that or I really need some Preparation H
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Rinji news o moshiagemasu !
Rinji news o moshiagemasu !
Godzilla ga ginza hoomen e mukatte imasu!
Daishkyu hinan shite kudasai!
Daishkyu hinan shite kudasai!

Attention, emergency news! Attention, emergency news!
Godzilla is going toward the Ginza area!
Immediately escape, catch up, find shelter please!
Immediately escape, catch up, find shelter please!
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eclectic and hard hitting, nosferatu and i love the night
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Someone mentioned this song at work, started to all sing it;)
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These songs make me feel young again. Don't grow up to fast kids.
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I'm burning for u
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I ride an ME-262
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We're gonna need more cowbell, cowbell now!!!-
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Come on you guy listen to the music shut the f up
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I'm burning for you. Although it could be hemorrhoids. . . :(
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Saw these guys on a Friday night n Arlington Tx. Next day local rock station KZEW the zoo tells everyone that a free concert will on be n front of the Cotton Bowl on Sunday but they don't reveal the name of the band Blue Oyster Cult was the band what a weekend
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I belong to a cult, we dress in all blue. We eat a lot of oysters,any questions?
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Noone really knows boc there different but in a good way great songs and a great band
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Lol good one brett.that part about chloe f**kin awsome...lma o !
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GODZiLLA!!! He picks up a bus and he throws it back down as he makes his way through the center of town. Classic!
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Plus+1
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I so love Godzilla! And I'm not talking about Chloe Kardashian
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3 best songs:
1.) Burnin' For You
2.) (Don't Fear) The Reaper
3.) Godzilla
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I have a fever and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!!!
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MORE COW BELL!!!!!!
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More Cow Bells!
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I'm burning for you or maybe it's just Jock itch...
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You can't handle more cowbell!!!
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u171098
I need more cow bell!
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I rember when my cusin showes me this song and I loved it
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Omg I love Godzilla!!
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Police say no motive for murder in subway.....
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The song Blue Oyster Cult from Imaginos is the PERFECTED completion of Subhuman . . . AWESOME!!
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Great song one of my all time favorites
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just seen these guys live a about 2 weeks ago along with skid row it was a great concert they where worth going to see they put on a great performance
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blazze2k2
They tend to play what bands recorded and released classic rock in the same decade. I down thumb bands that do not mesh with B.o.C. agreed Pink Floyd has not style similar to them.
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Dame good rock great to see them live
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