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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changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe.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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Curse Of The Hidden Mirror

1. Dance On Stilts

2. Showtime

3. The Old Gods Return

4. Pocket

5. One Step Ahead Of The Devil

6. I Just Like To Be Bad

7. Here Comes That Feeling

8. Out Of The Darkness

9. Stone Of Love

10. Eye Of The Hurricane

11. Good To Feel Hungry

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Track List: Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult

1. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll

2. The Red & The Black

3. Flaming Telepaths

4. Astronomy

5. This Ain't The Summer Of Love

6. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

7. I Love The Night

8. Goin' Through The Motions

9. Godzilla

10. In Thee

11. The Marshall Plan

12. Black Blade

13. Joan Crawford

14. Burnin' For You

15. Shooting Shark

16. Take Me Away

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Track List: Agents Of Fortune

1. This Ain't The Summer Of Love

2. True Confessions

3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)

5. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini (feat. Patti Smith)

6. Sinful Love

7. Tattoo Vampire

8. Morning Final

9. Tenderloin

10. Debbie Denise

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They butchered the shooting shark lyrics! ha ha!
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Godzilla, A creature so terrifying and relentless people still today have nightmares. Sit down Rosie O'Donnell I wasn't talking about you :0
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dragonlady60 8 8
One of the Best concerts I've seen..
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.the REAPER
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Godzilla rules
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I LOVE DONT FEAR THE REAPER!
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If you like music follow my channel!
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I saw these guys in March of 1996 in Jackson MS - in a bar room setting - up close to the stage. They autographed my copy of ETI Live after the show. A truly great show.
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Extra-Terres t r i a l Live should be on here.
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Love this song, especially the cowbells!
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You*
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Don't fear the reaper and I'm burning for ypu
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Why aren't box in rock hall of fame?
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I don't fear the reaper at all my love Mimi mike
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I will not be afraid I will let you hold my hands Mimi Mike
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I want to feel the reaper I do now in my soal ii
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CONFIRMATION ! ! !
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Last night in Santa Cruz California!! ! !

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YAY!!! Get to go SEE them 6-24-16!!!!
V excited....o u g h t to be GOOD!! LOL

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kick-a** show last night in New York City...by the way Pandora it's time to play B-sides.
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B.O.C. THAT IS ALL THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!
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Classic Blue Oyster Cult, Don't Fear the Reaper. Such a great Jam, even this live version. Rock on!
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Brings back memories....
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Need More Cowbell
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Going to see them for 7th time!
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Best and most talented Band ever seen in concert Hawaii 1999
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Buck Dharma....Le a d cowbell
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Gentlemen, start your trucks.....
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Cowbell FTW
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These guys were so diverse. I love so many of their songs but for me, Don't Fear the Reaper is my favorite. Never fails to transform me back into a 15 year old kid.
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Saw BOC live at Gas Monkey Friday night in Dallas, they were AWESOME!
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Tyranny And Mutation is the best album BOC recorded. But, their live performances is where they shined brilliantly.
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Saw these guys several times in the 70s 1st band I Saw use lazor lights awesome band
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Cowbells aside - I hear you but either way I fear Donald Trump more than anything else
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I saw them at the coachhouse and again at the Ventura theater in 87. Just awesome.
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but the best shows were see'in 'em in a tiny bar called Detroit'sin Port Chester, NY now defunct, under the name Soft White Underbelly
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yeah I saw them in 76 opening act was Rush doing Farewell to Kings Tour and then was BOC doin the Specters tour (Godzilla) with lots and lots of lazors.. really cool show
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Albums were great but to see in concert these guys rocked 1st band to use lazor lights1976
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Saw Ted Nugent, BOC & Aerosmith (in that order/one concert) in the early 70's. I came out of there a BOC fan for life, they were by far the star of the concert.
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Rock On Man Yeah yeah
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