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Blue Oyster Cult - Music Artist Band Bio

Biography

The genesis of Blue ™yster Cult lay in the musical ambitions of rock writers Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer. Based in Long Island, New York, the pair put together a group - known variously as the Cows, the Soft White Underbelly and Oaxaca - to perform their original songs. By 1969 the unit, now dubbed the Stalk Forrest Group, had formed around Eric Bloom (Born 11 December 1944; guitar, vocals), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Born 12 November 1947; guitar, vocals), Allen Lanier (Born 25 June 1946; keyboards, guitar), Joe Bouchard (Born 9 November 1948; bass, vocals) and Albert Bouchard (drums). The quintet completed a single, "What Is Quicksand", before adopting the Blue ™yster Cult appellation. Early releases combined Black Sabbath-styled riffs with obscure lyricism, which engendered an "intelligent heavy metal" tag. Cryptic titles, including "A Kiss Before The Redap" and "OD'd On Life Itself", compounded an image - part biker, part occult - assiduously sculpted by Pearlman, whose clean production technique also removed any emotional inflections. "Career Of Evil' from Secret Treaties - co-written by Patti Smith - showed an increasing grasp of commercial hooklines, which flourished on 1976"s Byrds-sounding international hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". Smith continued her association with the band on Agents Of Fortune, contributing to "Debbie Denise" and "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini". Romantically involved with Allen Lanier, she later added "Shooting Shark" to the band's repertoire for The Revolution By Night and single release. Fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, meanwhile, contributed to Mirrors and Cultosaurus Erectus.

The release of the live Some Enchanted Evening had already brought the band's most innovative era to an end, despite an unlikely hit single, "Joan Crawford Has Risen From The Grave", drawn from Fire Of Unknown Origin. Sustained by continued in-concert popularity, notably on the Black And Blue tour with Black Sabbath, elsewhere predictability had crept into their studio work. Former road crew boss Rick Downey replaced Al Bouchard in 1981, while the following year Roeser completed a solo album as the Cult's own recordings grew less prolific. Imaginos in 1988 was the band's reinterpretation of a Bouchard solo album that had never been released. Though of dubious origins, critics welcomed it as the band's best work for several years. Afterwards, Joe Bouchard left the group to form Dead Ringer with Neal Smith (ex-Alice Cooper), Dennis Dunaway, Charlie Huhn and Jay Johnson. In 1992 the band wrote and performed most of the soundtrack to the horror movie Bad Channels. They reconvened in 1998 for the hard-rocking Heaven Forbid, their first studio album in 10 years. Lanier, Bloom and Roeser were augmented by Danny Miranda (bass) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums) for Curse Of The Hidden Mirror, featuring lyrics by Richard Meltzer, John Trivers and SF/Fantasy author John Shirley.

Discography:
Blue ™yster Cult (Columbia 1971)***, Tyranny And Mutation (Columbia 1973)***, Secret Treaties (Columbia 1974)**, On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Columbia 1975)**, Agents Of Fortune (Columbia 1976)****, Spectres (Columbia 1977)**, Some Enchanted Evening (Columbia 1978)**, Mirrors (Columbia 1979)**, Cultosaurus Erectus (Columbia 1980)**, Fire Of Unknown Origin (Columbia 1981)**, Extraterrestial Live (Columbia 1982)*, The Revolution By Night (Columbia 1983)*, Club Ninja (Columbia 1986)**, Imaginos (Columbia 1988)***, Bad Channels film soundtrack (Moonstone 1992)**, Live 1976 (Gopaco 1994)***, Heaven Forbid (CMC International 1998)**, Curse Of The Hidden Mirror (Sanctuary 2001)**, Tales From The Psychic Wars (Burning Airlines 2001)**, A Long Day's Night (CMC International 2002)**.

Solo: Donald Roeser Flat Out (Portrait 1982)**.

Compilations:
(Don't Fear) The Reaper (CBS Special Products 1989)***, On Flame With Rock & Roll (CBS Special Products 1990)***, Career Of Evil: The Metal Years (Columbia 1990)***, Cult Classic (Herald 1994)***, Workshop Of The Telescopes (Columbia/Legacy 1995)****, Revisited (Gusto 1996)***, Super Hits (Columbia/Legacy 1998)***.

Videography:
Live 1976 (Castle Music Pictures 1991), A Long Day's Night (CMC International 2002).



Source: Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Music Albums

Cult Classic
Herald/Caroline
06/10/1994

Workshop Of The Telescopes
Legacy Recordings
09/26/1995

Blue Oyster Cult/Tyranny &... [Box]
Columbia
10/17/1995

Live 1976
Griffin Music
03/11/1994

Heaven Forbid
CMC International
03/24/1998

Agents Of Fortune [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
06/26/2001

Super Hits
Legacy Recordings
07/21/1998

Blue Oyster Cult/Tyranny & Mutation [Gold Disc]
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
05/18/1999

Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of...
Sony Music Special Products
09/30/2002

Blue Oyster Cult (Platinum)
Platinum Disc Corp.
2000

Revisited
Gusto Records
11/01/1996

Curse Of The Hidden Mirror
Sanctuary
06/05/2001

Tales Of The Psychic Wars
Pilot
10/09/2001

A Long Day's Night
Sanctuary
09/24/2002

Agents Of Fortune [SACD]
Legacy Recordings
01/21/2003

Then And Now
Sanctuary
03/18/2003

The Essential Blue Oyster Cult
Legacy Recordings
04/01/2003

A Long Day's Night [CD & DVD]
Sanctuary
10/07/2003

Don't Fear The Reaper (Collectables)
Collectables
04/13/2004

A Long Day's Night [DVD-Audio]
Silverline Records
01/28/2003

Extended Versions *
BMG Special Products
10/15/2004

Agents Of Fortune/Spectres [Cassette]
Columbia
n/a

Blue Oyster Cult [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
06/26/2001

Career Of Evil: The Metal Years
Columbia
02/13/1990

Club Ninja
Koch Records
02/18/1997

Cultosaurus Erectus
Columbia
09/27/1988

Extraterrestrial Live
Columbia
08/28/1990

Fire Of Unknown Origin
Columbia
08/02/1985

Imaginos
Columbia
n/a

Mirrors
Columbia
08/02/1987

On Flame With Rock And Roll
Sony Music Special Products
02/13/1990

On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
Columbia
1989

Secret Treaties [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
06/26/2001

Some Enchanted Evening
Columbia
10/25/1990

Spectres
Columbia
1993

The Revolution By Night
Columbia
10/13/1987

Tyranny And Mutation [Remaster]
Columbia
06/26/2001

 
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