Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult

photo: Eric Meola

48 articles


Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny and Mutation

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

YOU MIGHT remember my brief mention of Blue Oyster Cult's new album in the heavy metal piece. That was after only one listen, however, and ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 30 September 1978

IT COULD be just my fevered imagination running away with me, but right now it seems that Sandy Pearlman (wily old fox and Cult behind-the-scenes ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Night Of The Locusts

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 13 September 1980

THE GOLDEN AGE of hotrod and dragster racing is over but the USA is still littered with its mythology. One such relic is Lebanon Valley ...


Blue Öyster Cult (1978)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages Audio, 30 April 1978

In which the band debunk myths, largely spread by Richard Meltzer, about the band's formation; discuss songwriting formulae for success and dispute the latent satire in their music; and talk about the role of producers and, specifically, Sandy Pearlman's relationship to the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 22.9mb, interview length: 25' 03" sound quality: ****


Blue Öyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult (Columbia 31063)

Review by Nick Tosches, Fusion, May 1972

NEVER JUDGE a fellow earthling by the way he/she looks; this was perhaps the first lesson I gleaned from the Blue Öyster Cult — upon ...

Jeff Beck/Blue Oyster Cult/Flash/Argent: Gaelic Park, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Tiven, Phonograph Record, October 1972

BLUE OYSTER CULT had a real bad time at the big park and oh boy did they know of the guys backstage connected wit ...

Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls: New York's Beasty, Brutal Music Explosion

Overview by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, October 1973

The N.Y. Dolls & Blue Oyster Cult Revive Manhattan ...

Various: New York New Wave

Report by Dave Marsh, Melody Maker, 6 October 1973

GREAT WHITE ROCK has not often come from New York City and its surrounding boroughs, even though – or perhaps because the American music business ...

Blue Oyster Cult at Hollywood Palladium

Live Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, November 1973

FEW GROUPS in recent memory have had as successful a California debut performance as Blue Oyster Cult's here this September. Third-billed to Joe Walsh and ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Cult Heroes

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 16 February 1974

NEW YORK: They say that heavy rock is on the decline and it's become fashionable to put down bands whose music is based on a ...

Blue Oyster Cult/Black Oak Arkansas

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 March 1974

THIRD TIME down 52nd and 6th, and this guy from The Process is still trying to accost you with his pamphlets and spectre-of-doom rap. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny And Mutation (Columbia Import)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

WELL, HERE it is then: volume two of Sandy Perlman's boys' collective voyage in the S.S. "Cosmic Greaser Speed-freak" towards strange new worlds of murk ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Secret Treaties (Columbia)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1974

BLUE OYSTER CULT was formed with a very definite idea in mind, and they haven't deviated from or enlarged that idea much in two years. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Secret Treaties (Columbia KC)

Review by Arthur Levy, Zoo World, 4 July 1974

VIOLENT FANTASY, and the fantasy of violence — confrontation and aggression — present the logical ultimatum of warlike Christian civilizations: Imperial control of the means ...

Blue Öyster Cult: That's Right, Another Bunch Of Neo-Fascist Heavies

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

"We're pain, we're steel, we're a plot of knives...we're obsessed with the technology of matter...our symbol is a swastika substitute..." ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

FIRST OF ALL let me tell you about the art work that John Berg has concocted for the Blue Oyster Cult's most extreme venture to ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Steven Rosen, Phonograph Record, April 1975

THOUGH THIS record does not rank with the Beach Boys In Concert for sheer recording quality or the Who's Live at Leeds for spontaneous instrumentation, ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Columbia)

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1975

THE BLUE OYSTER CULT have been heavy metal's premier studio musicians. Initially, they were an image manipulated, a persona directed by their producers, Murray Krugman ...

Stanley Kissed Off At Cult

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus, July 1975

THE FLAMING ROCK 'n' holocaust that Kiss brings to the stage has caused many intimidated headlining groups to ban the New York nitro-rockers from appearing ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

Heavy metal fatigue ...

Blue Öyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 25 October 1975

SUPPORT ACT Lemmy's Motorhead played the second worst set I've ever seen. The only past concert I can think of that surpasses it, in terms ...

Blue Oyster's Buck Dharma

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, January 1976

DONALD "BUCK Dharma" Roeser is the lead guitar player in the New York based band, Blue Oyster Cult, a driving and loud outfit which has ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents Of Fortune

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, June 1976

NO MATTER HOW predictable rock seems to become, it can still surprise you, and I've got to admit to being surprised as hell by the ...

Blue Oyster Cult: We Copped A Lot From Sabbath

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 24 July 1976

EVEN THE hardest of hearts must soften sometime, and so it is with Blue Oyster Cult, whose fifth album Agents of Fortune offers a degree ...

True Confessions: Weird Tales From The Early Days Of the Blue Oyster Cult

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 31 July 1976

O.K. The B.O.C.’s have just come offstage at the San Francisco Day on the Green, and they’re tired. ...

Blue Oyster Cult

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 21 August 1976

Nectar of strychnine! Seminal psychedelic trip-wire rock'n'roll! Geometric chaos! Neo-nuclear Pearl Harbour precision! Flash-pod explosion! Blood-on-snow controlled fury! Boot-heeling dangerous! ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents Of Fortune (Island)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, September 1976

It’s back-to-the-roots for the Oysters this time; the roots being the band’s late-’60s incarnation as the Stalk-Forrest Group. Which is to say, Agents Of Fortune ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 5 November 1977

SINCE 1971 this band has been one of the few HM perpetrators worth listening to. Since 1974's Secret Treaties it has been only one. If ...

Blue Oyster Cult: The Cult Occult And The Disco Nightmare

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 4 March 1978

ALLEN LANIER sits down for a pleasant chat about bikers, Burt Bacharach and band ideology. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 6 May 1978

FLAMING PYROTECHNICS, lasers, great rock'n'roll; Blue Oyster Cult is the group you always dreamt about. Even though there were sound problems and the visual ...

Blue Oyster Cult and Sandy Pearlman

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 13 May 1978

ERIC BLOOM is adamant about the current position and status of the band he sings and plays for, the am-aaa-zing Blue Oyster Cult; they are ...

Blue Öyster Cult's Bivalve Personality

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 6 August 1978

BLUE OYSTER Cult's lead singer Eric Bloom was never comfortable with the band's original image — a tongue-in-cheek, leather-bound melange of macabre, tough guy and, ...

Blue Oyster Cult/UFO: Live In Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 2 September 1978

THEY DON'T have a Trades Descriptions Act in the States. If they did, then the Cult might be in trouble. Their ads (and, what's more, ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 October 1978

NOW THAT Blue Oyster Cult have a patented studio style of their own, neatly quashing any lingering doubts that they had softened up in the ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Mirrors

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 July 1979

DEMOCRACY IS A wonderful thing in theory, even if the practice is not always assured of success. And that self-same philosophical trait is a rare ...

Blue Oyster Cult at Pauley Pavilion

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 28 August 1979

THERE WERE enough guitar solos at Blue Oyster Cult's concert at UCLA'S Pauley Pavilion Friday to satiate even the most dedicated ax fanatic. But, judging ...

Fantasy Castle: Monsters of Rock!

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, July 1981

BARNEY HOSKYNS straps on his breastplate, girds his loins and takes his sword to the HM Monsters Of Rock joust at Castle Donington. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Country Club, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 16 January 1982

FIRST TIME I've seen Blue Oyster Cult in ages. Actually seen them. Last time HM's Santas-little-helpers played in the neighbourhood was one of those monstrous ...

Why You Should Care About Blue Oyster Cult

Comment by Jim Green, Trouser Press, February 1982

Action conforms to preexistent imagery.– Sandy Pearlman, The History of Los Angeles, 1965-1969 ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Extraterrestrial Live

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 29 May 1982

ANGLE OF VIEW, that's the ticket, the key to the mystery of this one! BOC, y'see, have made two previous excursions into the highly dubious ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Club Ninja

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 14 December 1985

HEAVY METAL groups come and go but the Cult apparently to on forever. It kinda makes you feel warm inside — at least you can ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Cult Classic

Review by Susan Compo, MOJO, August 1994

NERDY menace dogs this murky compilation, which sounds like it's coming from an eight-track player in a gas guzrler stuck beneath a muddy stream. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: California Club Caprice, Redondo Beach, CA

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 1998

WHEN ONE plopped down the appropriate coinage for the self-titled debut of the Blue Oyster Cult in 1972, one prepared to enjoy the hard-edged glory ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Tyranny & Mutation/Secret Treaties/Agents Of Fortune

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 2001

WITH ITS de rigueur darkside lyrics, bugaboo blues-monster riffs, and hypermacho pose-striking, heavy metal was always the dumbest member of the rock family. ...

Rock Criticism as Brain Surgery: Deborah Frost Looks Back

Interview by Steven Ward,, June 2002

MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER Deborah Frost took a little break in the early '70s from a gig with an all-girl band that lasted until the early '90s. ...

Don't Fear the Blue Oyster Cult

Retrospective and Interview by Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine, 14 September 2007

IN THE SUMMER of 1977, Blue Oyster Cult found themselves in one of the trickiest situations for a rock band: recording the follow-up to a ...

Blue Öyster Cult: The Making of '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'

Retrospective and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Uncut, November 2010

Riff approaching! Buck Dharma and co's "trans-awesome" tune, and the spookiest FM staple ever. "Nothing like the Byrds," apparently... ...

From Soft White Underbelly to the Stalk-Forrest Group

Book Excerpt by Mick Houghton, 'Becoming Elektra' (Jawbone), November 2016

NOTE: In an excerpt from the new edition of Becoming Elektra: The Incredible True Story of the pioneering Elektra Records label and its Far-sighted Founder, ...


back to LIBRARY