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Long Island, New York, United States (1967 – present)

Blue Öyster Cult is a renowned band that formed in 1967 in Long Island, New York, United States. The band is led by founding members Eric Bloom (vocals, guitar) and Buck Dharma (guitar, vocals). They are best known for their hit singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You”, from 1976 and 1981 respectively.

The members of the band began to come together in the late as a band called Soft White Underbelly in the vicinity of Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, formed at the prompting of critic Sandy Pearlman. Pearlman was very influential for the band, which included getting them gigs, their first record with Columbia, and using his poetry as the basis of many of their songs such as 1974’s “Astronomy”.

The band changed its name to the Stalk-Forrest Group in 1968. One single was released on Elektra Records under this name in 1969, though over one album of material was actually recorded. The groups’ name changed once more, to Blue Oyster Cult, in 1970. The umlaut was added later that year. They became a successful hard rock band during the ; unlike many of their colleagues, they are still active today.

They are best known for three songs: their 1976 single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from the album Agents of Fortune (also featured in the cult movie Halloween, and in Stephen King’s novel The Stand), “Godzilla” (1977) from the album Spectres and their 1981 single “Burnin’ for You” from the album Fire of Unknown Origin.


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  • Symbolofallloss

    Flaming Telepaths...Holyshit what a song!

    1 Aug 5:54pm Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Gettin' an urge to go play Whack-A-Mole as I keep a-scrollin' this here page. Arcade anyone? (Psst... 8 down from me)

    31 Jul 6:01am Reply
  • stasson

    More Cowbell!

    21 Jul 8:15pm Reply
  • fatalportrait99

    These guys, among many other things, are one of the best-sounding live bands I've ever had the privilege to see. Every single guitar track and vocal melody was distinct and perfectly clear.

    24 Jun 1:51am Reply
  • knight_88

    Such a great band!

    11 Jun 5:09pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Brazil please.

    2 Jun 3:09pm Reply
  • Anachronic_

    Very good shit!

    27 May 4:03am Reply
  • WitchfynderBlue

    The first album is the album that most of them carries the essence!

    25 May 4:35pm Reply
  • Metalmania91

    Love Blue Oyster Cult they are awesome to listen to. Even the song called Godzilla.

    28 Apr 3:00pm Reply
  • m0r0k1

    Every cult member must have a Cult logo tattooed somewhere on their body. Most zealous ones do scars in the shape of a logo on their faces.

    11 Apr 8:13pm Reply
  • Francisco__

    Needs of a new album!

    2 Apr 12:34am Reply
  • Metality

    I'm just sad that I have yet to find a song in their discography that matches Astronomy. Truly one of the best songs ever.

    29 Mar 9:08pm Reply
  • MoonOfNeptune

    @porcelain_tree There's more than 7K listeners for that album as it goes under different names here (Cultosaurus, Cultösaurus...). Actually it has almost 40K listeners, but yes, the followup was much stronger, I think.

    13 Mar 9:25pm Reply
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  • porcelain_tree

    Cultosaurus Erectus is criminally underplayed. For one thing, it starts with the magnificent Black Blade. The rest is very enjoyable. The 7K listeners suggests an F grade album, but I give it a B. Yet another album forgotten because the followup was A+.

    28 Jan 12:27am Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    Hearing this,comes to my attention that all stoner rock was a fucking and empty lie. This is really something to be stoned about Buck´s Boogie is all that I thought that was so magical and turns its a bad made copycat of this amazing band,all my love and respect to BOC.

    11 Jan 9:13pm Reply
  • SonnyJoeFoxx

    New Buck Dharma track:

    3 Jan 5:31am Reply
  • Lorelei_94


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  • Zach216

    "Flaming Telepaths", "Astronomy" (which Metallica covered on Garage Inc.) "Golden Age of Leather", "Death Valley Nights", "I Love the Night"... their catalog is FIRST-RATE. Currently diggin' the "Mirrors" album... personally I love when artists go "big budget" & the writing/musicianship is top-notch

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    The cowbell thing was never all that funny... artists like this get messed with because they're SO good and did SO many things that your average imbecile won't really get it. I'd say the most underrated band of their era... they were so much better than Led Zeppelin, imo. (Just comparing as they're widely regarded as the "best" 'classic rock' band)

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
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