Music / Secret Treaties

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The band next to their tour "bus", an Me 262. There are some color pictures on the rear sleeve.

Rossignol's curious, albeit simply titled book, 'The Origins of a World War', spoke in terms of 'secret treaties', drawn up between the Ambassadors from Plutonia and Desdinova the foreign minister. These treaties founded a secret science from the stars. Astronomy. The career of evil.

Secret Treaties is the third studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1974. It is their last LP cover to have a minimal monochrome design (with touches of red) and has been dubbed the third part of the "red, white, and black" trilogy of albums.

Preceded by the LP Tyranny and Mutation (1973) and followed by the live LP Some Enchanted Evening (1975). Their next studio album was Agents of Fortune (1976).

Tracklist:

Side One:
  1. "Career of Evil"
  2. "Subhuman"
  3. "Dominance and Submission"
  4. "ME 262"

Side Two:

  1. "Cagey Cretins"
  2. "Harvester of Eyes"
  3. "Flaming Telepaths"
  4. "Astronomy"

Tropes forced to submit to dominant guitar work include:

  • Ace Pilot: The "Willi" named in "ME-262" could be Willi Steinhoff, a Luftwaffe ace who became the first to score five kills in this plane; despite hideous burns in a crash-landing, he survived the war to succeed Herman Goering as commander-in-chief of the new West German Luftwaffe.
    • "Willy" could also be Willy Messerschmitt, whose firm produced the Messerschmitt Me 262 and who designed several other fighter planes.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Implied between Suzie and Wild Charles in "Dominance and Submission".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The narrator of "Career of Evil".
  • Cool Plane: You're allowed one guess. "ME-262".
  • Aleister Crowley: His occultism is alluded to in "Astronomy".
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Strongly implied to have happened to the narrator of "Dominance and Submission".
  • Epic Rocking: "Astronomy" is 6:28. Later recordings of this song would expand the length further.
  • Evil Gloating: The entirety of "Career of Evil" is the singer bragging about all the evil deeds he gets away with.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: The children's music box tune that links "Harvester of Eyes" to "Flaming Telepaths".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Harvester of Eyes" is a catchy upbeat number about a Serial Killer who takes his victims' eyes as souvenirs and stores them in jars.
  • More Dakka: "ME-262" is a hymn of praise to the power of the first combat jet fighter. Its armament is specifically referred to as "great silver slugs, eager to feed".
  • No Ending: Employed on "Flaming Telepaths":
    and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the joke's on you...and the jo—
  • No Social Skills: The maladjusted nerd protagonist of "Cagey Cretins".
  • Pillar of Light: The laser show developed for live gigs after this album. The lasers generally switched to full power on the line in Astronomy that goes
    Call me Desdinova! Eternal Light!
  • Progressive Rock: A borderline example. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the highest rated of BÖC's albums on Prog Archives.
  • Rock Opera: The songs on the album were originally intended to be part of Imaginos, a rock opera about a man given superhuman powers by alien gods in exchange for becoming their servant and causing wars and destruction, which fell through and was eventually released in a fragmentary form in 1988. "Subhuman" and "Astronomy" were re-recorded for that album.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: The alternative reading of "Dominance and Submission" is that it's about wholly consenting BDSM practices involving three people, two men and a woman.
  • Patti Smith: She wrote "Career of Evil".
  • Shout-Out: J. K. Rowling's novel Career of Evil is titled after a song from this album.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: Basically every song transition on the album, with the exception of the gap between sides.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Charles, the sinister protagonist of "Dominance and Submission".
  • Three-Way Sex: "Dominance and Submission"—the song's narrator, Suzie, and
    Wild Charles—the one they call her brother!
  • Troubled Production: This LP contains the largest concentration of thematic ideas from the ill-fated Imaginos cycle to be commited to music. Several songs were re-arranged for the ill-fated 1988 album Imaginos, which represents the lowest ebb in the band's fortunes and which was panned as a critical turkey.
  • Villain Song: "Career of Evil"; "Harvester of Eyes".
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