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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..

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.

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] (

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The current members of the band are:

The original lineup of the band was:

Former Members

The former members of the band are as follows:





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", "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", "Debbie Denise", "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", "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.


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


  • 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.

External links

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