On 121 Favorites Lists

NEWS

08-15 Allen Glover Lanier dies

» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums

» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add MP3
» Add News

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 aclose 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 thatbecame Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlmanand Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbe ...read more

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 aclose 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 thatbecame Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island by students (and later rock critics) Sandy Pearlmanand Richard Meltzer as Soft White Underbelly and consisted of Andy Winters (bass), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar), JohnWiesenthal -- quickly replaced by Allen Lanier -- (keyboards), and Albert Bouchard (drums), with Pearlman managing and Pearlman andMeltzer writing songs. Initially without a lead singer, they added Les Bronstein on vocals. This quintet signed to Elektra Records andrecorded an album that was never released. They then dropped Bronstein and replaced him with their road manager, Eric Bloom, as theband'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changed their name again, to Blue Öyster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which timeWinters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Öyster Cult, their debut album, was released in January 1972 and madethe lower reaches of the charts. Columbia sent a promotional EP, Live Bootleg, to radio stations in October, and followed with BÖC's secondalbum, Tyranny & Mutation, in February 1973. Their third album, Secret Treaties, was released in April 1974 and became their first to breakinto the Top 100 bestsellers. (It eventually went gold.) BÖC released a live double album, On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February1975. In May 1976, came their fourth studio album, Agents of Fortune, including the Top 40 (Top Ten on some charts) hit single "(Don'tFear) The Reaper" (featured in the classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween), which became their first gold and then platinum album. (OnYour Feet went gold shortly after.) BÖC's sixth overall album, Spectres, was released in October 1977 and went gold in January 1978. InSeptember 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 ofUnknown 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 thirdlive 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. BÖCreleased its 13th album, Club Ninja, in January 1986. Bassist Joe Bouchard left in 1986 and was replaced by Jon Rogers. In 1987, Lanierreturned to the group, and Ron Riddle replaced Wilcox on drums. BÖC's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final newalbum on Columbia Records in July 1988. BÖC scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddleon drums. In 1994, Blue Öyster Cult released Cult Classic, an album of re-recorded favorites, in connection with the use of their music inthe TV miniseries of horror novelist Stephen King's The Stand. Numerous lineup changes ensued throughout the '90s (as the band kept ontouring the world), and in 1995, were the subject of a double disc anthology, Workshop of the Telescopes. By the late '90s, BÖC had signedwith the CMC label, resulting in their first album of all-new studio material in ten years, 1998's Heaven Forbid, and three years later TheCurse 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 -- SuperHits and Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best Of. In 2001, Columbia/Legacy reissued BÖC's first four releases with a newly remastered soundand added bonus tracks. « hide

Similar Bands: UFO, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple

LPs
Curse Of The Hidden Mirror
2001

3.3
32 Votes
Heaven Forbid
1998

3.3
37 Votes
Imaginos
1988

3.7
43 Votes
Club Ninja
1986

2.6
41 Votes
The Revolution By Night
1983

2.8
46 Votes
Fire of Unknown Origin
1981

4
165 Votes
Cultosaurus Erectus
1980

3.7
79 Votes
Mirrors
1979

3.1
60 Votes
Spectres
1977

3.9
99 Votes
Agents Of Fortune
1976

3.9
208 Votes
Secret Treaties
1974

4.3
177 Votes
Tyranny And Mutation
1973

3.8
117 Votes
Blue Oyster Cult
1972

3.9
148 Votes
Live Albums
A Long Day's Night
2002

4.1
8 Votes
Live 1976
1991

3.5
7 Votes
Extraterrestrial Live
1982

3.8
29 Votes
Some Enchanted Evening
1978

3.9
29 Votes
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
1975

3.8
27 Votes
Compilations
The Singles Collection
2005

3.5
2 Votes
The Essential Blue Öyster Cult
2003

4.1
6 Votes
Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of
2000

3.9
72 Votes
Super Hits
1998

3.8
25 Votes
Workshop Of The Telescopes
1995

4.5
4 Votes
Career of Evil: The Metal Years
1990

3.7
10 Votes
On Flame With Rock and Roll
1990

3.3
11 Votes

Music Lists
09.13.14  My Favorite Bands08.26.14  Who The Fuck's At Kate Bush Tonight
06.24.14  Top 100 All Time Favorites06.14.14  Awesome Albums With Black And White
05.02.14  My Top 25 Favorite Albums (that I O04.25.14  Hench's Top Whatever: 1981
04.20.14  Hench's Top 20s: 197604.18.14  Hench's Top 20s: 1974
04.17.14  Hench's Top 20s: 197304.16.14  Hench's Top 20s: 1972
03.11.14  Bad Concepts02.28.14  Hard Rock And Metal Through From 69
02.25.14  Hey Sput, Add Me On Last.fm02.20.14  Album Collection Hits 100
01.20.14  Return Of TMF's.01.04.14  50 Great Opening Songs
11.25.13  Death To False Alts11.17.13  Best Albums Of All Time
11.12.13  Kuma's Corner10.15.13  My Current Vinyl Collection
» More Lists (118)

Contributors: arcane, ViperAces, Mad., AleksiS, rockandmetaljunkie, mooncrazy, Alex101, Nexion, jhed13, Agents of fortune, tom79, unclebobscircus, Aftertheascension, Mad., Mikesn,

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy