Spectres is the fifth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1977. It's best remembered for the radio hits "Death Valley Nights", "R.U. Ready 2 Rock", "I Love the Night" and, of course, "Godzilla". It was preceded by Agents of Fortune and the next studio LP would be the critically disliked Mirrors.
- "Godzilla" (3:41)
- "Golden Age of Leather" (5:53)
- "Death Valley Nights" (4:07)
- "Searchin' for Celine" (3:35)
- "Fireworks" (3:14)
- "R.U. Ready 2 Rock" (3:45)
- "Celestial the Queen" (3:24)
- "Goin' Through the Motions" (3:12)
- "I Love the Night" (4:23)
- "Nosferatu" (5:23)
- Eric Bloom: vocals, guitar
- Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser: vocals, guitar
- Allen Lanier: vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Joe Bouchard: bass guitar, guitar, vocals
- Albert Bouchard: vocals, harmonica, drums
- The Newark Boys Chorus: vocals on "The Golden Age Of Leather".
- Ian Hunter: co-author of Goin' Thru The Motions
With some purposeful tropes...
- A Cappella: "Golden Age Of Leather" starts of with the band members singing in unison before the song sets in.
- Breaking and Bloodsucking: "Nosferatu"So chaste so calm, she gave herselfTo the pleasure of her dreaded masterHe sucked the precious drops of lifeThroughout the long and cold dark night
- Cover Version: Goin' Thru The Motions was co-written by British singer Ian Hunter note . Hunter recorded a version with his band Mott the Hoople. The big British hit was a cover recorded by Bonnie Tyler in the early 1980's. BOC's version was released as a single in Great Britain but barely charted.
- Drunken Song: "Golden Age Of Leather"Raise your can of beer on highAnd seal your fate foreverOur best years have past us byThe golden age of leather
- Ethereal Choir: "Golden Age Of Leather" ends with a boy choir whose voices slowly fade away after the orchestra stops playing.
- Face on the Cover: The band seen around a table.
- Gaia's Vengeance: "Godzilla"History shows again and againHow nature points up the folly of men
- Gratuitous Japanese: The intermission of "Godzilla" has a Japanese newscaster talking about the beast's rampage in Tokyo and alerting listeners to run for shelter immediately. During live shows, Eric Bloom recites this part.
- Heavy Meta: "R.U. Ready 2 Rock"
- Heavy Mithril: "The Golden Age of Leather", an operatic piece about a gang of bikers who ride out into the desert and fight to the death after an all-night orgy and meth party, because they've realized they've grown too old to rock anymore. "Nosferatu" summarizes the plot of the classic silent film of that name.
- Kaiju: "Godzilla", about the Japanese film monster of the same name.
- Letters 2 Numbers: "R.U. Ready 2 Rock".
- Light and Mirrors Puzzle: the LP cover illustrates this trope, with a beam of laser light bouncing around the band members.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Golden Age of Leather" marries West Coast harmonies, surfer music and Beach Boys-style singing to the dark topic of old Hell's Angels going out with one last gang-bang of a ''wanton child, too dead to care, that each could find his pleasure as he might..." followed by a pitched battle to the death.
- One-Man Song: "Godzilla" and "Nosferatu".
- One-Woman Song: "Celestial the Queen".
- One-Word Title: The album title "Spectre" and the song "Fireworks".
- The Power of Rock: "R.U. Ready 2 Rock"Come on come on thru the cities of nightCome on come on everybody's prayingCome on come on for the wonder of lightCome on come on there's a new dance breaking
- Record Producer: Murrya Krugman, Sandy Pearlman and David Lucas.
- Shout-Out: "Godzilla" is a shout-out to Godzilla and "Nosferatu" to Nosferatu. Interestingly enough two years after the release of this album would Werner Herzog make his acclaimed remake of the classic movie.
- "Godzilla" in itself has been used as the theme music of many promos for monster movie marathons on American TV.
- The Tokyo Fireball: One of the songs is about Godzilla. Hell, one of the lyrics is "Oh, no, there goes Tokyo."
- Whole Plot Reference: "Nosferatu" basically tells the plot of the film in song.