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Blue Öyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in Long Island, New York in 1967. The band's original lineup consisted of Eric Bloom (vocals, guitar), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar, vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar), Joe Bouchard (bass, vocals), and Albert Bouchard (drums, vocals).

Blue Öyster Cult is known for their hard rock sound that incorporates elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and progressive rock. They have released 14 studio albums and have sold over 24 million records worldwide. Some of their most popular songs include "Don't Fear the Reaper," "Godzilla," "Burnin' for You," and "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll."

The band has had a significant impact on the development of heavy metal and hard rock music, influencing many bands that came after them. Their music is often characterized by intricate guitar work, intelligent lyrics, and a dark, mysterious sound. They are also known for their use of science fiction and horror imagery in their lyrics and album artwork.

Blue Öyster Cult continues to tour and perform, although with a different lineup than their original one. They were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.


Soft White Underbelly I (1967 - ? )
  • Albert Bouchard - drums/vocals - b. May 24, 1947, Watertown, New York.
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Andrew Winters - guitar/bass
  • Richard Meltzer - vocals

Soft White Underbelly II ( ? - ? )
  • Albert Bouchard - drums/vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Andrew Winters - guitar/bass
  • Les Braunstein - vocals
Recorded an unreleased album.

The Stalk-Forrest Group / Oaxaca (1969)
  • Albert Bouchard - drums/vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals - b. November 9, 1948, Watertown, New York.
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
Changed name to Blue Oyster Cult.

Blue Oyster Cult I (1969 - 1981)
  • Albert Bouchard - drums/vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
Albums:
  1. "Blue Oyster Cult" (1972) - Single: "Cities on Flame with Rock 'n Roll" - Without a doubt, one of the strongest debut efforts I've ever heard...by anybody.  Roeser's guitar work on this album totally blew me away, and I've still never heard anything to surpass it.  There's not a weak cut on this album.  For fans of heavy guitar, you can't be without this.
  2. "Tyranny and Mutation" (1973)
  3. "Secret Treaties" (1974) - Single: "Career of Evil"
  4. "Blue Oyster Cult / Tyranny and Mutation / Secret Treaties" (box set) (1996) - BOC's first three albums wrapped up in a neat package, a great way to get these great albums at a reasonable price.
  5. "On Your Feet or On Your Knees" (live) (1975) - I used to own this album, but destroyed my copy because of the Nazi and anti-Christian symbolism on the jacket.  Having seen this band a couple of times, I always thought they were better live than they came across on this album.
  6. "Agents of Fortune" (1976) - Singles: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "This Ain't the Summer of Love"
  7. "Spectres" (1977) - Single: "Godzilla"
  8. "Some Enchanted Evening" (live) (1978)
  9. "Mirrors" (1979) - Single: "In Thee"
  10. "Cultosaurus Erectus" (1980)
  11. "Fire of Unknown Origin" (1981) - Single: "Burnin' for You"
  12. "Extraterrestrial Live" (live) (1982)
  13. "Live In NY/'72" (2000) - four track "bootleg EP" recorded live in New York City in 1972.

Blue Oyster Cult II (1981 - 1985)
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
  • Rick Downey - drums
Albums:
  1. "The Revolution By Night" (1983) - Single: "Shooting Shark"

Blue Oyster Cult III (1985 - 1986)
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
  • Jimmy Wilcox - drums
Albums:
  1. "Club Ninja" (1986)

Blue Oyster Cult IV (1986 - 1987)
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
  • Jimmy Wilcox - drums
  • Tommy Zvoncheck - keyboards

Blue Oyster Cult V (1987 - 1992) (original lineup)
  • Albert Bouchard - drums/vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
Album:
  1. "Imaginos" (1988)

Blue Oyster Cult VI (1992 - 2001)
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
  • Jon Rogers - bass
  • Chuck Burgi - drums
Album:
  1. "Cult Classic" (1994)
  2. "Heaven Forbid" (1998)

Blue Oyster Cult VII (2001 - ? )
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards/guitar
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - guitar/vocals
  • Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals
  • Danny Miranda - bass
  • Bobby Rondelli - drums
Album:
  1. "The Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" (2001)
  2. "Long Day's Night" (live) (2002)

Compilations:
  1. "Career of Evil: The Metal Years" (1990)
  2. "Workshop of the Telescopes" (2-CDs) (1995)
  3. "Super Hits" (1998)
  4. "Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult" (2000)
  5. "Tales Of The Psychic Wars" (2-CDs) (2001)

Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser solo:
  1. "Flat Out" (1982)

DVDs and Videos:
  1. "Live '76" (1976) - DVD
  2. "A Long Day's Night" (2002) - DVD

Hartman Recommends:
The first three albums, "Blue Oyster Cult", "Tyranny and Mutation", and "Secret Treaties" are absolutely essential, and you can get all three of these in a 1996 box set.  If you're looking for a compilation, go with the 1995 2-CD set "Workshop of the Telescopes".

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