When I was growing up rock music was all I used to hear, well rock and folk music. Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors, Cream, Jimi Hendrix. It was the way of life. So it’s not too surprising that I found this band and had an instant connection to them.
Blue Öyster Cult pioneered the heavy metal style while providing inspiration to psychedelic jam bands and when you hear their hit ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ is an experience in itself and it’s a song that you never forgot, yes it is one of my favorites. It has The Byrds inspired guitar riff and ghostly vocals that for some reason reminds me of In A Gadda Da Vida but trust me on this – its fun.
That said their music went through leaps and bounds sound wise- they went from heavy metal to sounding a little like Journey/Foreigner/Boston but that could simple be explained by the band evolving with the times. The name “Blue Öyster Cult” came from a 1960s poem written by manager Sandy Pearlman. It was part of his “Imaginos” poetry, later used more extensively in their 1988 album Imaginos
Many bands have cited them as a major influence Metallica, The Goo Goo Dolls, HIM being some of them.
The awesome thing about Blue Öyster Cult is that even if you think you have never heard a single song, I bet you most probably have without knowing it. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was used in the horror classic “Halloween” and Peter Jackson’s film “The Frighteners”. Also used in CW’s hit show Supernatural and rightly so.
I’m not going to tell you about the songs because they are the type of band that everybody is going to have their own favorite and their own reason for those favorites. So explore, have a listen and get back to me