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YMMV: Blue ÷yster Cult

  • Bizarro Episode: "Tenderloin," from Agents Of Fortune, practically invents the vocal style used by ABC's Martin Fry six years early.
  • Covered Up: "Astronomy" is a rare example of a band covering themselves up. It first appeared on Secret Treaties but the definitive version is from Imaginos. Or vice versa.
  • Epic Riff: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."
    • Also "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You." These are the band's 3 biggest songs for a reason.
    • It might be easier to list the number of songs that don't fit the trope.
  • Face of the Band: Unfortunately for them, the only "member" that people seem to recognize is a fictional cowbell player.
    • As for the people who know the real members of the band, Eric and "Buck" fill this role. Partially explained by the fact that they're the only two founding members who are still in the band.
    • And also are the two primary lead singers. It should be noted that the "fictional cowbell player" really looks like Eric Bloom, and Chris Kattan's sketch character resembles Buck Dharma.
    • In Great Britain, the band might well have been hampered by the existence of folk singer and comedian Mike Harding, who affected a big bushy curly perm, a beard, and glasses, and who played assorted string instruments, including banjos and ukeleles. At the time "Don't Fear The Reaper" was in the British charts, this Eric Bloom comedy lookalike charted with a song called "Rochdale Cowboy". Which does make it hard to view anyone who looks like that as a guitar hero.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band is much more popular in Japan than in the United States, probably due to "Godzilla" more than anything else.
  • Memetic Mutation: "GUESS WHAT?! I've got a fever! And the only prescription... is more cowbell!"
    • Many lines from "Godzilla" are memetic as well. With the release of the 2014 film, many news items about it featured the phrases "With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound" and "Oh no, there goes Tokyo!".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Buck Dharma specifically named "nightmares" as a source of song ideas.
    • "Joan Crawford" depicts a New York City in rioting chaos, as Joan Crawford's zombified corpse claws its way out of the Earth to get its final revenge against Christina. "Christiinaaaaaaaaaaaa!...Mommy's hommmmmeeeee."
    • "Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)" seems to have one of the oddest titles ever, until one realizes that it's about a New Orleans hoodoo queen who uses quicklime to dispose of the corpses of her rivals.
    • "Harvest Moon" seems rather tame, until the ending reveals that some THING, referred to only as "some evil" takes away the people who settle on the land.
  • Shout-Out: the back cover of Cult Classic (and indeed elements of the front cover) look suspiciously like homage to British fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, whose Discworld series uses B÷C lyrics as allusions, most notably a latinisation of "Don't Fear The Reaper" as motto for the extended Death family.
    • Removed from the main page for some reason. Although anyone reading Reaper Man and then looking at the back cover art of Cult Classic will surely see an unmistakeable link. The artwork visually alludes to Pratchett's book. It would be far too great a coincidence otherwise.
  • Signature Song: (Don't Fear) the Reaper"
  • Tearjerker: "Live For Me", a ballad about what happens to telepathic twin brothers when one of them ends up in a fatal car accident.
    • Might also be In Thee off the Mirrors album, in which Allen Lanier draws a final line under his long-term lover Patti Smith throwing him over for Fred "Sonic" Smith. Maybe she just wanted to keep the paperwork simple after getting married.
    • Aware Allen's death was only a matter of time, Patti returned to the group as a guest performer for their fortieth anniversary celebration gig. Eric Bloom has posted rehearsal footage of Patti performing Career of Evil with the band on his Facebook page. This was her first association with the group in over twenty years - her last collaboration was to co-write the song Shooting Shark for the 1985 album Revolution By Night. In a way and aware of the backstory, this is also a little bit of a tear-jerker.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It's easy to think "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" is about a Suicide Pact, especially with its mentions of Romeo and Juliet, but it's really about being Together in Death.

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