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YMMV / Blue Öyster Cult

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  • 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.
    • The same LP also self-covers Sub Human from Secret Treaties, reworked on Imaginos as Blue Öyster Cult.
  • Epic Riff: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." If you don't immediately recognize the iconic guitar riff, then you'll recognize the cowbell in the background.
    • 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.
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    • 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" from Spectres 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.
  • Signature Song: (Don't Fear) the Reaper"
  • Tear Jerker: "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.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Mention this band or "Don't Fear (The Reaper)" to anyone nowadays and count how many people don't respond with "I need more cowbell!" It's surprisingly easy.


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