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Editors’ Notes

BÖC’s 1974 album recruited songwriting sophisticates like punk poet Patti Smith (for the statement of purpose “Career of Evil”) and gonzo rock critic Richard Meltzer (the probably Ramones-inspiring “Cagey Cretins”) to create a cabal of songs that really do sound like secret treaties. Spookily catchy riffs from another dimension propel lyrics about Nazi warplanes, space science and eye harvesting; as things carry on, it only gets stranger. Some of it may be tongue-in-cheek—but unless you’re in the band, you’ll never know for sure.


Formed: 1967 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island...
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