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Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Ă–yster 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 Ă–yster 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 Underbe ...read more

Blue Ă–yster 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 Ă–yster 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changed their name again, to Blue Ă–yster Cult, and signed to Columbia Records in late 1971, by which time Winters had been replaced by Albert Bouchard's brother Joe. Blue Ă–yster 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 BĂ–C'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.) BĂ–C 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.) BĂ–C'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 BĂ–C's second million-seller, followed by the studio album Mirrors in June 1979. A year later, BĂ–C 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. BĂ–C'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. BĂ–C 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. BĂ–C's 14th album, the concept recording Imaginos, became their final new album on Columbia Records in July 1988. BĂ–C scored the movie Bad Channels in 1992, by which time Chuck Burgi had replaced Ron Riddle on drums. In 1994, Blue Ă–yster 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, BĂ–C 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 BĂ–C 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 BĂ–C's first four releases with a newly remastered sound and added bonus tracks. In 2020, the band released their first studio album in 19 years, the critically acclaimed The Symbol Remains. « hide

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LPs
Ghost Stories
2024

3.1
10 Votes
The Symbol Remains
2020

3.8
75 Votes
Curse of the Hidden Mirror
2001

3.1
78 Votes
Heaven Forbid
1998

3.2
86 Votes
Imaginos
1988

3.6
118 Votes
Club Ninja
1985

2.5
113 Votes
The Revölution by Night
1983

2.8
116 Votes
Fire of Unknown Origin
1981

4.1
437 Votes
Cultösaurus Erectus
1980

3.8
218 Votes
Mirrors
1979

3.1
161 Votes
Spectres
1977

3.9
264 Votes
Agents of Fortune
1976

3.9
501 Votes
Secret Treaties
1974

4.2
472 Votes
Tyranny and Mutation
1973

3.9
336 Votes
Blue Ă–yster Cult
1972

3.9
394 Votes
Live Albums
45th Anniversary - Live in London
2020

iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
2020

A Long Day's Night
2002

4
15 Votes
Cult Classic
1994

4
5 Votes
Live 1976
1991

3.4
10 Votes
Extraterrestrial Live
1982

3.9
57 Votes
Some Enchanted Evening
1978

4
61 Votes
On Your Feet or on Your Knees
1975

3.9
60 Votes
Compilations
Dominance And Submission...
2022

The Singles Collection
2005

3.5
4 Votes
The Essential Blue Ă–yster Cult
2003

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

3.9
90 Votes
Super Hits
1998

3.8
25 Votes
Workshop Of The Telescopes
1995

4.3
14 Votes
Bad Channels Soundtrack
1992

2.1
7 Votes
Career of Evil: The Metal Years
1990

3.6
12 Votes
On Flame With Rock and Roll
1990

3.6
16 Votes

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