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Blue Öyster Cult is a psychedelic/heavy metal band probably best known for two songs: their 1976 single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from the album Agents Of Fortune and their 1981 single "Burning For You" from the album Fire of Unknown Origin. Their song "Veteran of the Psychic Wars", with lyrics penned by Michael Moorcock, appeared in the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal. Two other well-known songs are "Godzilla" (1977) from Spectres, and "Astronomy" (1973) from Secret Treaties; the latter was covered by Metallica on 1998's Garage Inc.. Psychedelic music draws its inspiration from the experience of mind-altering drugs such as cannabis, psilocybin, mescaline, ecstasy and especially LSD. Characteristic features of the style include modal melodies, lengthy instrumental solos, esoteric lyrics and trippy special effects such as reversed, distorted, delayed and/or phased sounds. ... Heavy metal is a form of rock music characterized by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... (Dont Fear) The Reaper is a song by the Blue Öyster Cult from the 1976 album Agents of Fortune. ... Agents of Fortune is a 1976 (see 1976 in music) hard rock album by Blue yster Cult. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981s Fire of Unknown Origin was produced by Martin Birch, a producer who worked with many Heavy Metal bands (with his works with Iron Maiden and the blues-era Whitesnake being amongst the most famous) of the early 80s. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939) is a prolific British writer of both science fiction and science fantasy. ... Heavy Metal is a Canadian animated film released in 1981 and produced by Ivan Reitman with the cooperation of various international animation studios. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... A spectre is a representation of something supernatural or frightening, usually imaginary. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Secret Treaties is a 1974 hard rock album by Blue Öyster Cult. ... Old logo, as used in Master Of Puppets, circa 1986. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Garage Inc. ...


The members of the band began to come together in the mid-1960s, as a college band called "Soft White Underbelly", at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, at the prompting of critic Sandy Pearlman. Pearlman was very influential for the band, getting them gigs, their first record with Columbia, and using his poetry as the basis of many of their songs, including "Astronomy". The band changed its name to the Stalk Forrest Group in 1968. One single was released on Elektra Records under this name in 1969, though over one album's worth of songs was recorded. The name again changed to the Blue Oyster Cult in 1970. (The name was suggested by Sandy; the umlaut was added later.) They became a successful heavy metal band during the 1970s. At a time when the genre seemed tired and old-fashioned, Blue Öyster Cult released records that combined powerful music and intelligent and funny lyrics. They are still playing in the 21st century. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1960s. ... Stony Brook University Stony Brook University (SBU) or the University at Stony Brook (USB), or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNYSB), located in Stony Brook, New York, USA, is one of the premier public universities in the United States with more than 21,000 students enrolled. ... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... Sandy Pearlman was the original producer, manager and a songwriter for the Blue Öyster Cult. ... Look up Gig in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Gig may be: A slang term for a musical engagement A contraction for gigabyte An archaic term for a type of light carriage A type of spear A similarly designed type of fishing tackle A contraction for Captains Gig, a type... Bust of Homer, one of the earliest European poets, in the British Museum Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-04-20, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The graphic designer added the umlaut to the cover of Motörheads first album for æsthetic reasons. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... (20th century - 21st century - 22nd century - other centuries) Decades: 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s 2050s 2060s 2070s 2080s 2090s In calendars based on the Christian Era or Common Era, such as the Gregorian calendar, the 21st century is the current century, as of this writing. ...


Although Blue Öyster Cult is an experimental band, psychedelic may not be a correct descriptive term.


The umlaut on the "O" in their name started the trend for using the "heavy metal umlaut" in band names. It was suggested to Pearlman by rock critic Richard Meltzer. [1] (http://www.spiraling.com/words/umlaut.html) Ä ä Ö ö Ü ü The term umlaut is used for two closely related notions: a special kind of vowel modification and a particular diacritic mark. ... The graphic designer added the umlaut to the cover of Motörheads first album for æsthetic reasons. ... Richard Meltzer was one of the earliest rock music critics. ...

This is BÖC
Contents

2.1 Bass
2.2 Drums
2.3 Keyboards
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Lineup

The current members of the band are:

  • Eric Bloom (1970-present) - lead vocals, guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (1970-present) - lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier (1970-1985, 1987-1998, 1999-present) - keyboards, guitar
  • Richie Castellano (2004-present) - bass, vocals
  • Jules Rodino (2004-present) - drums


The original lineup of the band was: This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ...

  • Eric Bloom - lead vocals, stun guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, guitar
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard - drums, vocals

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Former Members

The former members of the band are as follows:


Bass

  • Joe Bouchard (1970-1986)
  • Jon Rogers (1987-1995)
  • Greg Smith (1995)
  • Danny Miranda (1995-2004)

Greg Smith may refer to several notable individuals. ...

Drums

  • Albert Bouchard (1970-1981, Feb 1985 - Californian tour)
  • Rick Downey (1981-1984)
  • Thommy Price (1985)
  • Jimmy Wilcox (1985-1987)
  • Ron Riddle (1987-1991)
  • Chuck Burgi (1991-1992, 1992-1995, 1996-1997)
  • John Miceli (1992, 1995 and some dates in 2003)
  • John O'Reilly (1995-1996)
  • Bobby Rondinelli (1997-2004)

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Keyboards

  • Tommy Zvonchek (1985-1987)
  • Kasim Sultan (1998) - also guitar
  • Al Pitrelli (1999) - also guitar

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Vocals

While Eric Bloom has always been the band's official lead singer, other members of the band have contributed lead vocals throughout its history.


The following is a list of songs by Blue Oyster Cult sung by band members other than Eric Bloom:


Donald Roeser

  • "Then Came The Last Days Of May", "Before the Kiss, A Redcap", "Teen Archer", "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla", "Golden Age of Leather", "I Love The Night", "In Thee", "Mirrors", "The Vigil", "Lonely Teardrops", "Deadline", "Burnin' For You", "Don't Turn Your Back", "Shooting Shark", "Veins", "Dancin' In The Ruins", "Perfect Water", "Spy In The House Of The Night", "Madness To The Method", "Astronomy" (Imaginos version), "Les Invisibles", "Magna Of Illusion", "Harvest Moon", "X-Ray Eyes", "Damaged", "Real World", "Live For Me", "Still Burnin'", "Dance on Stilts", "Pocket", "Here Comes That Feeling", "Stone of Love"

Joe Bouchard

  • "Screams", "Hot Rails To Hell", "Wings Wetted Down", "Morning Final", "Nosferatu", "Moon Crazy", "Fallen Angel", "Vengeance (The Pact)", "Light Years Of Love", "When The War Comes"

Albert Bouchard

  • "Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll", "Dominance And Submission", "The Revenge of Vera Gemini", "Sinful Love", "Debbie Denise", "Death Valley Nights", "Fireworks", "You're Not The One (I Was Looking For)", "Hungry Boys", "Blue Oyster Cult"

Allen Lanier

  • "True Confessions"

Jon Rogers

  • "Imaginos"

Gotta have more cowbell...

Blue Öyster Cult was parodied in a 2000 episode of the NBC's famed Saturday Night Live. Actor Christopher Walken portrayed 1970s mega-rock producer "Bruce Dickinson" who oversaw the fictional recording of "Don't Fear The Reaper." A dissatisfied, somewhat psychotic Dickinson loved the song but insisted he "gotta have more cowbell." As with many SNL skits, lines from the skit became catch phrases, even going so far as to spawn merchandise based on the skit. The band has responded to this by having a roadie play a cowbell on stage during performances. 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American radio and television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show from NBC which has been broadcast virtually every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Ronald Walken (born March 31, 1943), known professionally as Christopher Walken, is an American film, television, and theatre actor best known for playing menacing or psychologically damaged characters. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour with musicians who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ...


Discography

(No singles, no samplers, US release dates.)

  • 1972 Blue Öyster Cult (Original lineup)
  • 1973 Tyranny & Mutation (Original lineup)
  • 1974 Secret Treaties (Original lineup)
  • 1975 On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (live) (Original lineup)
  • 1976 Agents Of Fortune (Original lineup)
  • 1977 Spectres (Original lineup)
  • 1978 Some Enchanted Evening (live) (Original lineup)
  • 1979 Mirrors (Original lineup)
  • 1980 Cultösaurus Erectus (Original lineup)
  • 1981 Fire Of Unknown Origin (Original lineup)
  • 1982 Extraterrestrial Live (live) (Bloom, Roeser, Lanier, J. Bouchard, Downey)
  • 1983 The Revölution By Night (Bloom, Roeser, Lanier, J. Bouchard, Downey)
  • 1984 Club Ninja (Bloom, Roeser, Zvoncheck, J. Bouchard, Price)
  • 1988 Imaginos (Original lineup)
  • 1998 Heaven Forbid (Bloom, Roeser, Lanier, Miranda, Burgi)
  • 2001 Curse Of The Hidden Mirror (Bloom, Roeser, Lanier, Miranda, Rondinelli)
  • 2002 A Long Day's Night (live) (Bloom, Roeser, Lanier, Miranda, Rondinelli)

Notes: 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Blue Öyster Cult was the self-titled debut by hard rock band, the Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1972. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Tyranny And Mutation was the second album by hard rock band, Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1973. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Secret Treaties is a 1974 hard rock album by Blue Öyster Cult. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Agents of Fortune is a 1976 (see 1976 in music) hard rock album by Blue yster Cult. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Spectres is a 1977 (see 1977 in music) hard rock album by Blue Öyster Cult. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981s Fire of Unknown Origin was produced by Martin Birch, a producer who worked with many Heavy Metal bands (with his works with Iron Maiden and the blues-era Whitesnake being amongst the most famous) of the early 80s. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Imaginos was a 1988 heavy metal concept album by Blue Öyster Cult. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Jon Rogers plays on three tracks on "Heaven Forbid."
  • Bobby Rondinelli plays on one track on "Heaven Forbid."
  • Albert Bouchard plays on two tracks on "Extraterrestrial Live."
  • Please click the "Imaginos" link for an explanation on the lineup.

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