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“I thought you said Blue Öyster Cult was the sound track to the revolution.”
For the religious among us who choose to believe lies, the so-called experts at Wikipedia have an article about Blue Öyster Cult.

One of the most well-remembered bands of the '70s, Blue Öyster Cult had an amazing career that spanned an astounding 10 years. During that long career, they revolutionized the rock & roll world with hits like "(Don't Fear) the Reaper," "Godzilla," "Burnin' for You," "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "The Red & the Black," "I Love the Night," "In Thee" and "ME-262".

However, Blue Öyster Cult should not in any way be confused with Blue Panda Tattoo, which is one of the worst bands ever.

edit Beginnings

Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult, circa Black & White Days

Blue Öyster Cult started off in 1971 in Öyster Bay, New York, as The Rocky Mountain Öysters. However, with such a god-awful name, nobody gave a rat's furry ass about them.

So, one evening, the distraught boys headed on over to the downtown bar to get a drink to think of better names. They drank this one beer, which they found particularly good. It was called Cully Stöut Beer. So, the band decided to call themselves the Cully Stöut Beer Band, but they didn't get off the ground this time due to copyright reasons.

So they went back to the downtown bar and drank some more Cully Stöut Beer. After about five beers for each one of the boys, they somehow inadvertently got into a conversation about anagrams. So, they noticed that Cully Stöut Beer was a fourteen-letter phrase, so they decided to figure out what anagrams they could make out of Cully Stöut Beer. First, they thought of Bluster Lucy Öye, but that made no sense.

They drank another beer and then thought of another anagram: Bölt Lust Rue Cye. Nobody even had the slightest idea as to what the hell they meant.

So they had another beer, and then they thought Rest Club Teclöy. They had seven beers as of this time, so they decided to go easy for the next round, so they then ordered Cully Stöut Lite. The lite beer was no help at all.

So, for the eighth round, they went for the normal Cully Stöut Beer again, but by the end of this round, they were so drunk that they could hardly think straight. So, a teetotaler sitting next to them told them to look at the facts around them. They were living in Öyster Bay, New York, which had a funny 'O' in its name, and Cully Stöut Beer. The five boys then pointed their fingers at each other and looked at each other like apes and then somehow miraculously came up with the name Blue Öyster Cult, and that was the start of ten years of awesomeness.

edit The Black and White Years

Blue Öyster Cult's first phase in their career – as Blue Öyster Cult, of course – was called the Black & White Years, named in honor of how the covers of their first couple of albums had black and white artwork on it. Their first album – as Blue Öyster Cult – was self-titled, following the name of 'Blue Öyster Cult'. It was met with popularity and liking by both fan and critic alike, even though it was only an initial success in America, commercial-selling-wise, with a placement on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 at #172. Their debut album consisted of hits like "Stairway to the Stars," "Then Came the Last Days of May" and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," the last one still being a fan favorite, or "Cult Classic" to this day.

Their second album, 'Tyranny and Mutilation,' was also a huge hit in America and a fan favorite across the world as well. The most popular songs on 'Tyranny and Mutilation' were "The Red & the Black" and "Baby Ice Dog," the first a song written about Mounties and the latter about a weird type of food that visited drummer Albert Bouchard in a dream.

edit Blatant Treaties

Workingmans Dead

The original cover for "Blatant Treaties"; was dropped after Jerry Garcia threatened to sue Blue Öyster Cult for the hefty cost of 27 joints.

Their third album, 'Blatant Treaties,' and marked the start of the group's pinnacle. It was met with positive reviews by several critics, with four stars from Q Magazine, and we all know how much Q hates bands that aren't British. The album met top sales in America, Great Britain and Canada. 'Blatant Treaties' contained the top hit "ME-262," which was about the German airplane that was used to kill, ironically, the British.

However, the album was met with some controversy, when Grateful Dead bandleader Jerry Garcia threatened to sue Blue Öyster Cult, for ripping off their image. Jerry Garcia pointed out that the original cover for 'Blatant Treaties' was a blatant rip-off of their 'Workingman's Dead' album, said he:

It really pisses me off, man, that we've been playing songs since the sixties man, and then these new guns, man, come out of nowhere and start fucking rippin' us off. I mean, we make an honest living, writing and making our own stuff, dude, and these Blue Öyster Shit dudes steal our Workingman's Dead cover, which any man can agree, whether Deadhead or not, that that was our best album, dude. I will totally sue those dudes for 27 joints if they don't put their fuckin' act together, man. Ya hear me, ya stupid fuckers? I will sue you, Blue Öyster Cult! So you better change your fuckin' cover now, dudes!

Upon hearing this, BÖC guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser laughed and simply said, "Jerry Garcia doesn't scare us! He's just a dirty wanker that only acid-dropping hippies and pot-smoking college professors listen to."

When Jerry Garcia heard this, he said, "Okay, he's right on that one."

Regardless, Blue Öyster Cult decided to play it safe and change the cover to something more original. From there on out, the Grateful Dead stayed out of their hair, even though the new cover for 'Blatant Treaties' still had some striking similarities to the 'Workingman's Dead' case.

Blatant Treaties

The final cover for 'Blatant Treaties'. Deadheads argue that there still isn't much difference between it and the 'Workingman's Dead' cover.

Also around this time, keyboardist Allen Lainer started dating the then-unknown musician Patti Smith, and she helped out with some of the songs, such as "Career of Evil".

edit Discography

  • Blue Öyster Cult (1972)
  • Tyranny and Mutilation (1973)
  • Blatant Treaties (1974)
  • Secret Agents of Fortunes (1976)
  • Hallucinations (1977)
  • SЯOЯЯIM (1979)
  • Whoreosaurus Rex (1980)
  • Fire Made in Japan (1981)
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