History Music / BlueOysterCult

1st Feb '16 4:14:06 PM MarkLungo
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* CoverVersion: several on the live albums; their choices of covers give a pretty good idea of who their main influences were. ''On Your Feet Or On Your Knees'' includes Music/TheYardbirds' "I Ain't Got You" from ''Music/FiveLiveYardbirds'', while ''Some Enchanted Evening'' features Music/TheAnimals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and the Music/MC5's ''Music/KickOutTheJams'', while ''Extraterrestrial Live'' features a cover of "Roadhouse Blues" from ''Music/LAWoman'' by Music/TheDoors, with Robbie Krieger himself guesting on guitar. "St. Cecilia", the group's unreleased album as the Stalk-Forrest Group, included a cover of Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes".
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* CoverVersion: several on the live albums; their choices of covers give a pretty good idea of who their main influences were. ''On Your Feet Or On Your Knees'' includes Music/TheYardbirds' "I Ain't Got You" from ''Music/FiveLiveYardbirds'', while ''Some Enchanted Evening'' features Music/TheAnimals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and the Music/MC5's ''Music/KickOutTheJams'', while ''Extraterrestrial Live'' features a cover of "Roadhouse Blues" from ''Music/LAWoman'' by Music/TheDoors, with Robbie Krieger himself guesting on guitar. "St. Cecilia", the group's originally unreleased album as the Stalk-Forrest Group, included a cover of Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes".
17th Jan '16 8:16:38 AM Exxolon
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[[http://www.blueoystercult.com/ Blue Öyster Cult]] is an American HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal band. Their manager, Sandy Pearlman, formed the group as Soft White Underbelly in 1967. The group cut its teeth playing CountryMusic in biker bars before, at Pearlman's urging, their musical style shifted in a harder, psychedelic direction inspired by Music/BlackSabbath. After some trials and tribulations, including the departure of lead singer Les Braunstein and his replacement with acoustic engineer Eric Bloom, the band eventually took the name Blue Öyster Cult [[HeavyMetalUmlaut (with a trope-making ümlaut over the "O")]] and released their self-titled album under Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 1972. The original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom, lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, guitarist/keyboardist Allen Lanier, and drummer Albert and bassist Joe Bouchard.
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[[http://www.'''[[http://www.blueoystercult.com/ Blue Öyster Cult]] Cult]]''' is an American HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal band. Their manager, Sandy Pearlman, formed the group as Soft White Underbelly in 1967. The group cut its teeth playing CountryMusic in biker bars before, at Pearlman's urging, their musical style shifted in a harder, psychedelic direction inspired by Music/BlackSabbath. After some trials and tribulations, including the departure of lead singer Les Braunstein and his replacement with acoustic engineer Eric Bloom, the band eventually took the name Blue Öyster Cult [[HeavyMetalUmlaut (with a trope-making ümlaut over the "O")]] and released their self-titled album under Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 1972. The original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom, lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, guitarist/keyboardist Allen Lanier, and drummer Albert and bassist Joe Bouchard.
11th Dec '15 7:09:01 PM orvillethird
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* ShellShockedVeteran: "Veteran of the Psychic Wars".
18th Nov '15 5:10:29 PM Smapti
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[[caption-width-right:375:[[Series/SaturdayNightLive I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is]] '''[[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell!]] (From left to right; Jules Radino, Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Allen Lanier, Richie Castellano.)''']]
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[[caption-width-right:375:[[Series/SaturdayNightLive I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is]] '''[[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell!]] cowbell!]]''' (From left to right; Jules Radino, Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Allen Lanier, Richie Castellano.)''']] )]]
18th Nov '15 5:10:10 PM Smapti
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[[caption-width-right:375:[[Series/SaturdayNightLive I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is]] '''[[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell!]]''']]
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[[caption-width-right:375:[[Series/SaturdayNightLive I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is]] '''[[Creator/ChristopherWalken more cowbell!]]''']] cowbell!]] (From left to right; Jules Radino, Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Allen Lanier, Richie Castellano.)''']]
2nd Nov '15 12:26:51 PM StFan
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** It also inspired the whole "Vera Gemini" story arc in MarvelComics' ''TheDefenders'', published some years after the song.
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** It also inspired the whole "Vera Gemini" story arc in MarvelComics' ''TheDefenders'', ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'', published some years after the song.
14th Oct '15 10:54:32 AM AgProv
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The pioneering laser show, ten years ahead of its time
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* GreatBallsOfFire: The BÖC pioneered the use of lasers onstage to enhance a performance. This was in 1975, some years before MTV, in an age where most groups stuck to music only. The band's laser equipment was cumbersome and frequently unreliable, but when it worked, it was spectacular. It even provoked a Congressional investigation into how safe lasers were as a form of entertainment.
12th Sep '15 1:48:27 PM 102372
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* CanonDiscontinuity: As a result of being critical and commercial failures, ''The Revolution By Night'' and ''Club Ninja'' (though "Perfect Water" still made it onto the group's 2002 live release ''A Long Day's Night''). Nothing from ''Imaginos'' EVER makes it into their live shows, though.
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* CanonDiscontinuity: As a result of being critical and commercial failures, ''The Revolution Revölution By Night'' and ''Club Ninja'' (though "Perfect Water" still made it onto the group's 2002 live release ''A Long Day's Night''). Nothing from ''Imaginos'' EVER makes it into their live shows, though.

* ChangedForTheVideo: The LP version of "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliché of the opening bars of Music/DeepPurple's "Smoke on the Water" from ''{{Music/MachineHead|Album}}''. It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show.
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* ChangedForTheVideo: The LP version of "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliché of the opening bars of Music/DeepPurple's "Smoke on the Water" from ''{{Music/MachineHead|Album}}''.''{{Music/Machine Head|Album}}''. It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show.

* HumanoidAbomination: The eponymous Imaginos.
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* HumanoidAbomination: The eponymous Imaginos.Imaginos/Desdinova from ''Imaginos''.

* {{Instrumentals}}: Not on record, but a concert staple of the original lineup was a jam section where Lanier and Albert Bouchard would don guitars, resulting in a [[UpToEleven five-man guitar solo]]. This most commonly occurred during "[=ME=] 262", but also sometimes on "Golden Age of Leather" or a cover of TheDoors' "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)".
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* {{Instrumentals}}: Not on record, but a concert staple of the original lineup was a jam section where Lanier and Albert Bouchard would don guitars, resulting in a [[UpToEleven five-man guitar solo]]. This most commonly occurred during "[=ME=] "ME 262", but also sometimes on "Golden Age of Leather" or a cover of TheDoors' Music/TheDoors' "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)".

** Also the repetition of the line "Lucifer the light" at the end of ''Seven Screaming Dizbusters''--this line repeats thirty-two times in succession.
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** Also the repetition of the line "Lucifer the light" at the end of ''Seven ''7 Screaming Dizbusters''--this Diz-Busters''--this line repeats thirty-two times in succession.
12th Sep '15 1:41:37 PM 102372
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[[http://www.blueoystercult.com/ Blue Öyster Cult]] is an American HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal band. Their manager, Sandy Pearlman, formed the group as Soft White Underbelly in 1967. The group cut its teeth playing CountryMusic in biker bars before, at Pearlman's urging, their musical style shifted in a harder, psychedelic direction inspired by Music/BlackSabbath. After some trials and tribulations, including the departure of lead singer Les Braunstein and his replacement with acoustic engineer Eric Bloom, the band eventually took the name Blue Öyster Cult [[HeavyMetalUmlaut (with a trope-making umlaut over the "O")]] and released their self-titled album under Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 1972. The original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom, lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, guitarist/keyboardist Allen Lanier, and drummer Albert and bassist Joe Bouchard.
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[[http://www.blueoystercult.com/ Blue Öyster Cult]] is an American HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal band. Their manager, Sandy Pearlman, formed the group as Soft White Underbelly in 1967. The group cut its teeth playing CountryMusic in biker bars before, at Pearlman's urging, their musical style shifted in a harder, psychedelic direction inspired by Music/BlackSabbath. After some trials and tribulations, including the departure of lead singer Les Braunstein and his replacement with acoustic engineer Eric Bloom, the band eventually took the name Blue Öyster Cult [[HeavyMetalUmlaut (with a trope-making umlaut ümlaut over the "O")]] and released their self-titled album under Creator/ColumbiaRecords in 1972. The original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom, lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, guitarist/keyboardist Allen Lanier, and drummer Albert and bassist Joe Bouchard.

* NewSoundAlbum: ''Mirrors'' was almost pop-rock relative to the group's earlier albums, with the sentimental guitar ballad "In Thee" as its lead single, and the Cars-inspired "You're Not The One I Was Looking For". It didn't gel, and the band returned to heavy metal for ''Cultosaurus Erectus.'' ** Mostly that's due to the production, though- get past that and two-thirds of the album still counts as HardRock or Heavy Metal. On the other hand, "Agents of Fortune" comes closer- more than half of the album can't be called either.
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Mirrors'' was almost pop-rock relative to the group's earlier albums, with the sentimental guitar ballad "In Thee" as its lead single, and the Cars-inspired "You're Not The One I Was Looking For". It didn't gel, and the band returned to heavy metal for ''Cultosaurus ''Cultösaurus Erectus.'' ** Mostly that's due to the production, though- get though--get past that and two-thirds of the album still counts as HardRock or Heavy Metal. On the other hand, "Agents ''Agents of Fortune" Fortune'' comes closer- more closer--more than half of the album can't be called either.

** ''and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the jo-''
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** ''and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the jo-'' jo--''

* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "Tattoo Vampire," "I Love the Night" * {{Parabombing}}: ''(Don't Fear) The Reaper''; ''Joan Crawford (Has Risen From The Grave)''. * PerspectiveFlip: ''Transmaniacon MC'' tells the story of the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert Altamont Free Concert]] from the perspective of the Hell's Angels. ''Workshop of the Telescopes'' the rise of modern of science from the point-of-view of an astrologer (whose discipline was discredited); ''ME 262'' is about the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as perceived by a German fighter ace; and "Joan Crawford" is partially ''Literature/MommieDearest'' as perceived by ''[[ZombieApocalypse a zombified incarnation of the title actress]]''.
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "Tattoo Vampire," "I Love the Night" Night". * {{Parabombing}}: ''(Don't "(Don't Fear) The Reaper''; ''Joan Reaper"; "Joan Crawford (Has Risen From The Grave)''.Grave)". * PerspectiveFlip: ''Transmaniacon MC'' "Transmaniacon MC" tells the story of the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert Altamont Free Concert]] from the perspective of the Hell's Angels. ''Workshop of the Telescopes'' the rise of modern of science from the point-of-view of an astrologer (whose discipline was discredited); ''ME 262'' "ME 262" is about the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as perceived by a German fighter ace; and "Joan Crawford" is partially ''Literature/MommieDearest'' as perceived by ''[[ZombieApocalypse a zombified incarnation of the title actress]]''.

* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: For the band's 40th anniversary show in November 2012, they brought back Albert and Joe Bouchard (left in 1981 and 1986 respectively), and Allen Lanier (left in 2007 due to health problems). This show ultimately ended up being the last ever performance of the original five members due to Allen's death in August 2013. ** Music/PattiSmith also rejoined the band for this gig. There is extant footage of her performing ''Career of Evil'' with the group. * RefugeInAudacity: There were so many hints of evil in their lyrics and Nazi images on their album covers that some writers began to suggest that they really were Nazis. This despite names like "Pearlman", "Bloom" and "Roeser" suggesting the sort of ethnicity that would be ''last'' to line up in support of the Nazis. Creator/MichaelMoorcock describes them as ''a bunch of nice Jewish boys from upstate New York''. YouHaveToHaveJews? * ReligionRantSong: ''Divine Wind'' is a pop at militant extremist Islam. ** ''Unknown Tongues'' is a slap at religious mania, the Catholic sort especially.
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* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: For the band's 40th anniversary show in November 2012, they brought back Albert and Joe Bouchard (left in 1981 and 1986 respectively), and Allen Lanier (left in 2007 due to health problems). This show ultimately ended up being the last ever last-ever performance of the original five members due to Allen's death in August 2013. ** Music/PattiSmith also rejoined the band for this gig. There is extant footage of her performing ''Career "Career of Evil'' Evil" with the group. * RefugeInAudacity: There were so many hints of evil in their lyrics and Nazi images on their album covers that some writers began to suggest that they really were Nazis. This despite names like "Pearlman", "Bloom" "Bloom", and "Roeser" suggesting the sort of ethnicity that would be ''last'' to line up in support of the Nazis. Creator/MichaelMoorcock describes them as ''a bunch of nice Jewish boys from upstate New York''. YouHaveToHaveJews? * ReligionRantSong: ''Divine Wind'' "Divine Wind" is a pop at militant extremist Islam. ** ''Unknown Tongues'' "Unknown Tongues" is a slap at religious mania, the Catholic sort especially.

* RhymingWithItself: The final verse of the otherwise sublime "Don't Fear The Reaper" does this... -->Came the last night of sadness, and it was clear she couldn't go on; --> And the door burst open and a wind appeared; --> The candle blew and then disappeared; --> The curtains flew and then He appeared... --> (Sayin' "Don't be afraid) ** ''Joan Crawford'': -->Catholic schoolgirls have thrown away their mascara -->They've chained themselves to the axles of big Mack trucks -->The sky is filled with hurt and shivering angels -->The fat lady lives, children, start your trucks * RockOpera: ''Imaginos'', a ''fragment'' of the above MythArc, tells the story of a 19th century adventurer imbued with magic powers by aliens, and whose efforts prove to be the cause of World War I. * RockStarSong: "The Marshall Plan" * SanitySlippageSong: "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"
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* RhymingWithItself: RhymingWithItself: ** The final verse of the otherwise sublime "Don't Fear "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" does this... -->Came --->''Came the last night of sadness, and it was clear she couldn't go on; --> And on;'' --->''And the door burst open and a wind appeared; --> The appeared'' --->''The candle blew and then disappeared; --> The disappeared'' --->''The curtains flew and then He appeared... --> (Sayin' appeared'' --->''(Sayin', "Don't be afraid) afraid")'' ** ''Joan Crawford'': -->Catholic "Joan Crawford": --->''Catholic schoolgirls have thrown away their mascara -->They've mascara'' --->''They've chained themselves to the axles of big Mack trucks -->The trucks'' --->''The sky is filled with hurt and shivering angels -->The angels'' --->''The fat lady lives, children, start your trucks trucks'' * RockOpera: ''Imaginos'', a ''fragment'' of the above MythArc, tells the story of a 19th century 19th-century adventurer imbued with magic powers by aliens, and whose efforts prove to be the cause of World War I. * RockStarSong: "The Marshall Plan" Plan". * SanitySlippageSong: "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"Wars".

** "Franchise/{{Godzilla}}," of course. ** The song "Revenge of Vera Gemini" namechecks Patti Smith's ''Music/{{Horses}}'' album.
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** "Franchise/{{Godzilla}}," "Franchise/{{Godzilla}}", of course. ** The song "Revenge "The Revenge of Vera Gemini" namechecks Patti Smith's ''Music/{{Horses}}'' album.

* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: "Eyes On Fire"
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* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: "Eyes On Fire"Fire":

-->''For the millionth time I'm all alone;'' -->''I'm the guy she turns to, when her lovers leave,'' -->''I'm the wild card she's got up her sleeve;''
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-->''For the millionth time I'm all alone;'' alone'' -->''I'm the guy she turns to, when her lovers leave,'' leave'' -->''I'm the wild card she's got up her sleeve;''sleeve''

-->''Eyes on fire, glowing like coals in the night;''
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-->''Eyes on fire, glowing like coals in the night;''night''

* StopAndGo: "Career of Evil" * TalkingWeapon: "Black Blade"
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* StopAndGo: "Career of Evil" Evil". * TalkingWeapon: "Black Blade"Blade".

* TogetherInDeath: "(Don't Fear) the Reaper". * TransAtlanticEquivalent: The band's style, lyrical content and preceived preoccupations were equated to those of Birmingham's most notorious Satanists, Music/BlackSabbath. Aware that musical critics were directly comparing both bands, their managements bundled them together on a joint tour, dubbed ''The Black And Blue Tour''. It was never repeated. After the BOC started to record Creator/MichaelMoorcock songs, they attracted the label from British fans of ''America's Music/{{Hawkwind}}''. Indeed, the live version of the Moorcock-penned "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" has an eerie Hawkwind-like quality to it. * TraumaSwing: The video for ''Joan Crawford Has Risen From the Grave'' uses imagery derived from Christina Crawford's autobiography about living with her allegedly psychotic mother, ''Literature/MommieDearest''. The video ends on a teenage girl playing the Christina role, sitting crying and despondent by the swimming pool; the scene is shot in muted washed-out light with autumn leaves swirling around and landing in the water, conveying the idea that summer is gone, it is cold, she is alone, innocence is dead and symbolic of emotional and physical abuse: this visual image conveys exactly the mood of the Trauma Swing using a different analogy. * VillainProtagonist: the setup for "Last Days of May" is a cross-border drug transaction, allegedly based on a true story.
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* TogetherInDeath: "(Don't Fear) the The Reaper". * TransAtlanticEquivalent: The band's style, lyrical content and preceived perceived preoccupations were equated to those of Birmingham's most notorious Satanists, Music/BlackSabbath. Aware that musical critics were directly comparing both bands, their managements bundled them together on a joint tour, dubbed ''The Black And Blue Tour''. It was never repeated. After the BOC BÖC started to record Creator/MichaelMoorcock songs, they attracted the label from British fans of ''America's Music/{{Hawkwind}}''. Indeed, the live version of the Moorcock-penned "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" has an eerie Hawkwind-like quality to it. * TraumaSwing: The video for ''Joan "Joan Crawford Has (Has Risen From from the Grave'' Grave)" uses imagery derived from Christina Crawford's autobiography about living with her allegedly psychotic mother, ''Literature/MommieDearest''. The video ends on a teenage girl playing the Christina role, sitting crying and despondent by the swimming pool; the scene is shot in muted washed-out light with autumn leaves swirling around and landing in the water, conveying the idea that summer is gone, it is cold, she is alone, innocence is dead and dead; symbolic of emotional and physical abuse: this visual image conveys exactly the mood of the Trauma Swing using a different analogy. * VillainProtagonist: the The setup for "Last "Then Came the Last Days of May" is a cross-border drug transaction, allegedly based on a true story.

* VillainSong: Several, see PerspectiveFlip and LyricalDissonance above, but "Career of Evil" could easily be the poster-song for the trope.
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* VillainSong: Several, see Several--see PerspectiveFlip and LyricalDissonance above, but above--but "Career of Evil" could easily be the poster-song poster song for the trope.
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* AlbumTitleDrop: The album ''Agents of Fortune'' is named after a lyric from the included song ''E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)''.
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* AlbumTitleDrop: The album ''Agents of Fortune'' is named after a lyric from the included song ''E."E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)''.Intelligence)".

** Not sure if this counts here, but the Radio Birdman album ''Radios Appear'' is named after a lyric from BÖC's ''Dominance and Submission''.
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** Not sure if this counts here, but the Radio Birdman album ''Radios Appear'' is named after a lyric from BÖC's ''Dominance "Dominance and Submission''.Submission".

-->''Time everlasting / Time to play B-sides...'' ('''"Burnin' For You"''')
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-->''Time everlasting / Time everlasting/Time to play B-sides...'' ('''"Burnin' For You"''')

* BigApplesauce: the band are mainly from, and based in, New York.
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* BigApplesauce: the The band are mainly from, and based in, New York.

** Fun fact: originally all the Blue Öyster Cult references in the movie were going to be references to Music/TheWho. The band refused to allow their names or music to be featured in the movie due to its content (teenagers getting drunk and having sex) so all Who references became Blue Öyster Cult references, complete with the ending cameo.
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** Fun fact: originally all the Blue Öyster Cult references in the movie were going to be references to Music/TheWho. The band Who refused to allow their names or music to be featured in the movie due to its content (teenagers getting drunk and having sex) sex), so all Who references became Blue Öyster Cult references, complete with the ending cameo.

* CatchPhrase: "On your feet... or on your knees! From New York City — the amazing BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!" * CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The otherwise impenetrable video for "Joan Crawford", in which quite a lot of the said Catholic Schoolgirls get up to shenanigans, aided and abetted by Allen Lanier looking ''extremely'' seedy. Also the track "Unknown Tongues" (off ''Cultösaurus Erectus''), in which a devout Catholic schoolgirl called Margaret explores glossolalia and the mysteries of the holy Stigmata. (i.e., the voices in her head tell her to self-harm with a razor blade). * ChangedForTheVideo: The LP version of "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliché of the opening bars of Music/DeepPurple's "Smoke on the Water" from ''[[Music/MachineHeadAlbum Machine Head]]''. It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show. * CityShoutOuts: ''Atlanta, Georgia!", "Poughkeepsie, New York!" ** Their live cover version of Music/TheAnimals' ''We Gotta Get Out Of This Place'' was recorded in Newcastle, England: {{Homage}} to the home town of Eric Burdon and Alan Price, and a [[CityShoutOuts City Shout Out]] by inference.
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* CatchPhrase: "On your feet... or on your knees! From New York City — the City--the amazing BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!" * CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The otherwise impenetrable otherwise-impenetrable video for "Joan Crawford", in which quite a lot of the said Catholic Schoolgirls get up to shenanigans, aided and abetted by Allen Lanier looking ''extremely'' seedy. Also the track seedy. ** "Unknown Tongues" (off ''Cultösaurus Erectus''), in which a devout Catholic schoolgirl called Margaret explores glossolalia and the mysteries of the holy Stigmata. (i.e., the voices in her head tell her to self-harm with a razor blade). * ChangedForTheVideo: The LP version of "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliché of the opening bars of Music/DeepPurple's "Smoke on the Water" from ''[[Music/MachineHeadAlbum Machine Head]]''.''{{Music/MachineHead|Album}}''. It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show. * CityShoutOuts: ''Atlanta, "Atlanta, Georgia!", "Poughkeepsie, New York!" ** Their live cover version of Music/TheAnimals' ''We Gotta Get Out Of This Place'' was recorded in Newcastle, England: {{Homage}} to the home town of Eric Burdon and Alan Price, and a [[CityShoutOuts City Shout Out]] Shout-Out]] by inference.

* CatchPhrase: "On your feet... or on your knees! From New York City — the amazing BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!" * CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The otherwise impenetrable video for "Joan Crawford", in which quite -->''You see me now a lot of the said Catholic Schoolgirls get up to shenanigans, aided veteran\\ Of a thousand psychic wars\\ My energy is spent at last and abetted by Allen Lanier looking ''extremely'' seedy. Also the track "Unknown Tongues" (off ''Cultösaurus Erectus''), in which a devout Catholic schoolgirl called Margaret explores glossolalia my armor is destroyed\\ I have used up all my weapons and the mysteries of the holy Stigmata. (i.e., the voices in her head tell her to self-harm with a razor blade). * ChangedForTheVideo: The LP version of "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliché of the opening bars of Music/DeepPurple's "Smoke on the Water" from ''[[Music/MachineHeadAlbum Machine Head]]''. It also homages an American TV rock show I'm helpless and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but bereaved\\ Wounds are all I'm made of\\ Did I hear you say that this is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show. * CityShoutOuts: ''Atlanta, Georgia!", "Poughkeepsie, New York!" ** Their live cover version of Music/TheAnimals' ''We Gotta Get Out Of This Place'' was recorded in Newcastle, England: {{Homage}} to the home town of Eric Burdon and Alan Price, and a [[CityShoutOuts City Shout Out]] by inference.victory?''

* [[DrugsAreBad Drugs can be bad for your health]]: "Last Days of May", "Tenderloin", "Hungry Boys". * DungeonMastersGirlfriend: Allen Lanier's girlfriend, Music/PattiSmith (who later achieved fame as a solo artist) wrote several songs for the group's early albums and provided backing vocals on ''Music/AgentsOfFortune''.
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* [[DrugsAreBad Drugs can be bad for your health]]: "Last Can Be Bad For Your Health]]: "Then Came the Last Days of May", "Tenderloin", "Hungry Boys". * DungeonMastersGirlfriend: Allen Lanier's girlfriend, Music/PattiSmith (who girlfriend Music/PattiSmith, who later achieved fame as a solo artist) artist, wrote several songs for the group's early albums and provided backing vocals on ''Music/AgentsOfFortune''.the ''Music/AgentsOfFortune'' track "The Revenge of Vera Gemini".

* EldritchAbomination: A favorite topic of the group, found in "Les Invisibles," "Harvest Moon," "The Old Gods Return," and numerous other songs.
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* EldritchAbomination: A favorite topic of the group, found in "Les Invisibles," Invisibles", "Harvest Moon," Moon", "The Old Gods Return," Return", and numerous other songs.

* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''Cultosaurus Erectus''. * EvilLaugh: [[Literature/TheElricSaga Stormbringer]] at the end of "Black Blade." * ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: ''Morning Final'' on the ''Agents of Fortune'' album. The track ends on a paperboy calling the murder investigation in classic ''Extra! Extra! Read all about it!'' form.
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: ''Cultosaurus ''Cultösaurus Erectus''. * EvilLaugh: [[Literature/TheElricSaga Stormbringer]] at the end of "Black Blade." Blade". * ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: ''Morning Final'' "Morning Final" on the ''Agents of Fortune'' album. The track ends on a paperboy calling the murder investigation in classic ''Extra! Extra! Read all about it!'' form.

* [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlauts]]: The {{Trope Maker|s}}, and possibly the UrExample. * HeavyMeta: ''Cities on Flame with Rock'n'Roll'', ''R.U.Ready To Rock'', "Before the Kiss, a Redcap", and ''The Marshall Plan'' (which includes a spoken word interlude by Don Kirschner). They also did a cover of ''Music/KickOutTheJams'', and in a way ''Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver'' counts as well. * HeavyMithril: Creator/MichaelMoorcock wrote several songs for the group in the early '80s, including ''Black Blade'', a heavy metal summary of Literature/TheElricSaga.
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* [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Heävy Mëtal Ümlauts]]: HeavyMetalUmlaut: The {{Trope Maker|s}}, and possibly the UrExample. * HeavyMeta: ''Cities "Cities on Flame with Rock'n'Roll'', ''R.U.Rock & Roll", "R. U. Ready To Rock'', 2 Rock"', "Before the Kiss, a Redcap", and ''The "The Marshall Plan'' Plan" (which includes a spoken word interlude by Don Kirschner). They also did a cover of ''Music/KickOutTheJams'', and in a way ''Heavy "Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver'' Silver" counts as well. * HeavyMithril: Creator/MichaelMoorcock wrote several songs for the group in the early '80s, including ''Black Blade'', "Black Blade", a heavy metal summary of Literature/TheElricSaga.

** "X-Ray Eyes" is based on the film "The Man With The X-Ray Eyes", and name-drops Ray Milland in the lyrics.
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** "X-Ray Eyes" is based on the film "The ''The Man With The X-Ray Eyes", Eyes'', and name-drops Ray Milland in the lyrics.

* IconicLogo: The band's "hooked cross" logo, which appears on all their album covers and most of their merchandise, derived from the alchemical symbol for Saturn. It's also the symbol for lead — a [[{{Pun}} heavy metal]]. * IncrediblyLongNote: Eric Bloom on the last syllable of "risen" in the live performance of ''Joan Crawford''. As it's a live performance there's no wiggle room for post-production — what you hear is what he sang. * IKissYourFoot: A sardonic example in "She's as Beautiful as a Foot". * IronicEcho: The band's collaboration with Music/PattiSmith, ''Revenge of Vera Gemini'' is built around the ironic echo; Patti Smith's lines, coming in slightly behind Eric Bloom's, are sardonic echoes that subtly twist the meaning. * IronicNurseryTune: The children's musical box deployed as a linking theme between tracks on ''Secret Treaties''. Perhaps even the symbolism used in certain lyrics, such as the following from "Astronomy": --> ''Come Suzy dear, let's take a walk,'' --> ''Just down there along the beach;'' --> ''I know you'll soon be married,'' --> ''And you'll want to know where winds come from...'' The nature of the innocent Suzy's relationship with her older nurse Carrie has oft been speculated upon. Les Yay...
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* IconicLogo: The band's "hooked cross" logo, which appears on all their album covers and most of their merchandise, derived from the alchemical symbol for Saturn. It's also the symbol for lead — a lead--a [[{{Pun}} heavy metal]]. * IncrediblyLongNote: Eric Bloom on the last syllable of "risen" in the live performance of ''Joan Crawford''. "Joan Crawford". As it's a live performance there's no wiggle room for post-production — what post-production--what you hear is what he sang. * IKissYourFoot: A sardonic ([[FootFetish probably]]) example in "She's as Beautiful as a Foot". * IronicEcho: The band's collaboration with Music/PattiSmith, ''Revenge "The Revenge of Vera Gemini'' Gemini", is built around the ironic echo; Patti Smith's lines, coming in slightly behind Eric Bloom's, are sardonic echoes that subtly twist the meaning. * IronicNurseryTune: The children's musical music box tune deployed as a linking theme between tracks on ''Secret Treaties''. Perhaps even the symbolism used in certain lyrics, such as the following from "Astronomy": --> ''Come -->''Come, Suzy dear, let's take a walk,'' --> ''Just down walk'' -->''Just out there along the beach;'' --> ''I beach'' -->''I know you'll soon be married,'' --> ''And married'' -->''And you'll want to know where winds come from...'' ** The nature of the innocent Suzy's relationship with her older nurse Carrie has oft been speculated upon. Les Yay...

* {{Kaiju}}: Take a wild guess... * LastNoteNightmare: The very faint, edge-of-hearing, last spoken line of ''Black Blade''.
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* {{Kaiju}}: [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Take a wild guess... guess...]] * LastNoteNightmare: The very faint, edge-of-hearing, last spoken line of ''Black Blade''."Black Blade".

* LongTitle: "The Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria" * LoopedLyrics: "Seven seven seven" ''ad nauseam'' on "Les Invisibles" from ''Imaginos'' ** Also the repetition of the line "Lucifer the light" at the end of ''Seven Screaming Dizbusters'' - this line repeats thirty-two times in succession.
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* LongTitle: "The Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria" Weisseria". * LoopedLyrics: LoopedLyrics: ** "Seven seven seven seven" ''ad nauseam'' on "Les Invisibles" from ''Imaginos'' ''Imaginos''. ** "Carpe diem" in the background of "The Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria" from ''Imaginos''. The same song loops "world without end" throughout most of the last two or three minutes. ** Also the repetition of the line "Lucifer the light" at the end of ''Seven Screaming Dizbusters'' - this Dizbusters''--this line repeats thirty-two times in succession.

** A common trope with this band, given that so many of their lyrics are dark, and often in a tongue-in-cheek way. "Hot Rails to Hell" is another good ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin example - an up-tempo tune with surf guitar riffs and peppy vocals... about riding a subway train into Damnation. ** Also the Buck Dharma solo track "All Tied Up", a sweet ballad with [[Music/{{Eagles}} Eagles-ish]] vocal harmonies. It turns out that the subject of the song [[FridgeHorror is not tied up as in ''busy'']], but as in Exactly What...oh, you know the drill by now. ** "Mistress of the Salmon Salt" drops some very dark lyrics in a tone so casual that it sounds like a garden tour. Which it actually is, but regular gardens don't use the type of fertilizer that the narrator is freely referring to.
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** A common trope with this band, given that so many of their lyrics are dark, and often in a tongue-in-cheek way. "Hot Rails to Hell" is another good ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin example - an example--an up-tempo tune with surf guitar riffs and peppy vocals... vocals...about riding a subway train into Damnation. ** Also the Buck Dharma solo track "All Tied Up", a sweet ballad with [[Music/{{Eagles}} Eagles-ish]] Music/{{Eagles}}-ish vocal harmonies. It turns out that the subject of the song is [[FridgeHorror is not tied up as in ''busy'']], but as in Exactly What...oh, you know the drill by now. ** "Mistress of the Salmon Salt" Salt (Quicklime Girl)" drops some very dark lyrics in a tone so casual that it sounds like a garden tour. Which it actually is, but regular gardens don't use the type of fertilizer that the narrator is freely referring to.
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