Band Blue Öyster Cult

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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.

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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)

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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.

Context with Wicked Lester

Wicked Lester, member was under others Kurt Grothe (Prophecy), Peter Vollmer and Mark Meister. They changed the name to Sykotik Sinfoney with Ronny Appoldt, Darryl Johnson (Prophecy) and few more members.

Bad Channels
Bad Channels Blue Öyster Cult | Cirith Ungol Online

1988

Bad Channels is a 1992 American science fiction spoof direct-to-video film, produced by Full Moon Features and released by Paramount Home Video. It is about two aliens (Cosmo and Lump) who invade a radio station with the intention of capturing female humans, by using radio broadcasts. The hero is a DJ forced to combat the aliens alone when listeners think he is joking about the invasion.

Bad Channels is the soundtrack album of the science fiction spoof film of the same name, released in 1992. It features ten songs by the bands Blue Öyster Cult, Joker, Fair Game (with Ron Keel), Sykotik Sinfoney and DMT and a film score written and performed by Blue Öyster Cult. The film was on movie and soundtrack.

Featured songs on various artists:

  1. “Demon’s Kiss” – Blue Öyster Cult 3:53
  2. “The Horsemen Arrive” – Blue Öyster Cult 6:12
  3. “That’s How It Is” – Joker 3:07
  4. “Jane Jane (The Hurricane)” – Joker 3:03
  5. “Somewhere in the Night” – Fair Game 4:30
  6. “Blind Faith” – Fair Game 4:24
  7. “Manic Depresso” – Sykotik Sinfoney 4:03
  8. “Mr. Cool” – Sykotik Sinfoney 3:38
  9. “Myth of Freedom” – DMT 5:07
  10. “Touching Myself Again” – DMT 3:59
  11. “Little Old Lady Polka” – The Ukelaliens 3:04

And there is even more on original score by Blue Öyster Cult.

 

Heavy Metal Magazine – The adult illustrated fantasy magazine
Heavy Metal Magazine 198109 vol5 no6 Blue Öyster Cult | Cirith Ungol Online

Vol. 5, No. 6, 1981

Sidenote: not related to Cirith Ungol but it’s Heavy Metal Magazine in 1981. Cirith Ungol has few covers on this. The cover was by Chris Achilléos, he is also known for artwork Elric. Heavy Metal Magazine is known for amongst other Jean “Mœbius” Giraud (Slayer), Philippe Druillet (Elric, Slayer), Robert E. Howard (Conan), Frank Frazetta, Steven Spielberg, Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden cover artwork), Michael Moorcock, Frank Brunner, H.P. Lovecraft, H.R. Giger (movie Alien, ELP, Celtic Frost, Danzig, Magma, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, etc), Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Stephen King, Robert Anson Wilson (book The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Bill Drummond designed sets for the show, and it was eventually seen by Jimmy Cauty. Drummond and Cauty later went on to form the Illuminatus!-inspired band The KLF), William Shakespeare (writer, actor), Alejandro Jodorowsky (film director), Karl Edward Wagner, David Lynch (film director), David Cronenberg (film director), Edgar Allan Poe (writer), Oscar Wilde (writer), Clark Ashton Smith (writer), Barry Windsor-Smith (illustrator) m.m.

  1. “Heavy Metal” (original version) – Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) 3:50
  2. “Heartbeat” – Riggs (Pat Travers) 4:20
  3. “Working in the Coal Mine” – Devo 2:48
  4. “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” – Blue Öyster Cult 4:48
  5. “Reach Out” – Cheap Trick 3:35
  6. “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)” – Don Felder (Eagles) 5:00
  7. “True Companion” – Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) 5:02
  8. “Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)” – Nazareth (artwork of Rodney Matthews) 3:24
  9. “Radar Rider” – Riggs (Pat Travers) 2:40
  10. “Open Arms” – Journey 3:20
  11. “Queen Bee” – Grand Funk Railroad 3:11
  12. “I Must Be Dreamin'” – Cheap Trick 5:37
  13. “The Mob Rules” (alternate version) – Black Sabbath 3:16
  14. “All of You” – Don Felder (Eagles) 4:18
  15. “Prefabricated” – Trust 2:59
  16. “Blue Lamp” – Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) 3:48

Heavy Metal – The adult illustrated fantasy magazine – vol.5, no.6,  Sep 1981. Check it out on comic, video or soundtrack.

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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