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Blue Öyster Cult is an USA rock band formed on Long Island in Stony Brook, New York, in 1967. Best known for the singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Burnin’ for You”, and “Godzilla”, the band has sold 25 million records worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. The band’s fusion of hard rock and psychedelia with occult, fantastical and often tongue-in-cheek lyrics had a major influence on heavy metal music.


Greg Lindstrom: … and by 1973-74 we were playing mostly cover songs by less well known groups (at least at the time): … ‘Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll’ (Blue Öyster Cult), … (Psychedelic Baby Mag)

Saga character Elric of Melniboné

The song “Black Blade”, which was written by Bloom with lyrics by science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock, is a kind of retelling of Moorcock’s epic Elric of Melniboné saga. The song “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” was co-written by Moorcock.

Context with artist P.J. and Richard Meltzer

The Angry Samoans is a Californian punk rock band in the first wave of US punk. P.J., who previously played in pre-Cirith Ungol band Titanic on 1971 with Greg Lindstrom and Robert Garven, played lead guitarist from 1979-84. The pre-Angry Samoans was VOM, abbreviation for “vomit”, on 1976-1978. Member Gregg Turner and “Metal” Mike Saunders is leaving VOM, and vocalist Richard Meltzer has written the rock critic books, He wrote the lyrics for many of the band’s songs Soft White Underbelly, later renamed Blue Öyster Cult.

Hook and Cross

Some of them had Saturn crosses stuck in, like in BÖC’s logo.

What does the BOC logo mean?

We like to say it is an ancient symbol that means “Blue Oyster Cult”.

The BOC logo was created by Bill Gawlik, the artist who created the band’s first and second album covers. It is a stylization of the astronomical symbol for the planet Saturn. In the process of creating the album cover, Gawlick used a washer to separate the symbol into its 5 parts hook, bars and dot.

When the band was shown the artwork for the album cover, they instantly decided that it would be the perfect band logo, and that it is.

Official Blue Oyster Cult

The hook-and-cross logo was designed by fellow Stony Brook student Bill Gawlik for his master’s thesis in January 1972, and appears on all of the band’s albums. In Greek mythology, “… the hook-and-cross symbol is that of Kronos (Cronus), the king of the Titans and father of Zeus … and is the alchemical symbol for lead (a heavy metal), one of the heaviest of metals.” Sandy Pearlman considered this, combined with the heavy and distorted guitar sound of the band and decided the description “heavy metal” would be apt for the band’s sound. The hook-and-cross symbol also resembled the astrological symbol for Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture, and the sickle, which is associated with both Kronos (Cronus) and Saturn (both the planet and the Roman god). The logo’s “… metaphysical, alchemical and mythological connotations, combined with its similarity to some religious symbols gave it a flair of decadence and mystery …”.

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