A beginner’s guide to Blue Oyster Cult

Posted this one back in 2008 on the Rock ‘N’ Roll Oatcake. Thought I would re-visit it as the band play UK dates next month, including their first dates outside of London for nearly five years. Still no likelihood of a new album, the band say there is no market for new material from them. However, I’d say there is even as they could use a crowdfunding source to pay for the recording and even an EP would be welcome. Even Styx have managed to record their first new album of all new songs, ‘The Journey’ in sixteen years and Cheap Trick are hitting a real purple patch releasing another new album in June, ‘We’re All Alright!’ hot on the heels of last year’s excellent album ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello’.


Formed from the late 60’s band Soft White Underbelly BOC are often dubbed ‘the thinking man’s heavy metal band’. But for me they are much more hard rock and even melodic rock than metal! I have never quite twigged with their earlier albums bar the excellent ‘Secret Treaties’ album, their first ‘must have’ in my book. Although the ‘Agents Of Fortune’ album had ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ on it, overall it is a 6/10.

What you need instead is ‘Spectres’ with ‘Golden Age Of Leather’, the 60’s pop rocker ‘Fireworks’ and the awesome ‘Godzilla’. ‘Fire Of Unknown Origin'(1981) is another must have with ‘Joan Crawford’ and ‘In Thee’. Also grab ‘Cultosarus Erectus'(1980) with the wicked ‘Lips In Hills’ and ‘Black Blade’.

But their finest albums for me are ‘Revolution By Night’ (1983) and ‘Imaginos’ (1988). The latter is more Albert Bouchard, then BOC drummer joined by BOC and many session players including Joe Satrianni.

Eric Bloom & Buck Dharma keep the flame alive playing biker bars and hog roasts in the US plus regular UK & European tours.  Sadly keys/guitarist Allen Lanier passed away in 2013. 

On a side note if you ever see an album by Deadringer called ‘Electrocution Of The Heart’ grab it as it features BOC’s Buck Dharma plus ex-BOC bassist Joe Bouchard & ex-Alice Cooper Band members with Charlie Huhn on vocals. Cracking 80’s hard rock album!

…and they tour the UK in June…

17/06 Indigo, London
25/06 MANCHESTER Academy Oxford Road
26/06 NEWCASTLE Northumbria University
28/06 NOTTINGHAM Rock City


Author: The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A keen reader and lover of music plus of course my lifelong support of the mighty Potters, Stoke City! Enjoy running and the odd bit of fundraising.

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