Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Newish Cult

Today in Music History:

In 1984, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street.

For the last 30 plus years, Blue Oyster Cult has been following their own unique path. Their motto “On Tour Forever” still holds, as the band plays over 100 dates per year. The group has often collaborated with science fiction writers like Michael Moorcock and Eric Van Lustbader on writing songs and the band's logo is the ancient symbol of Cronos, the Titan god who ate his son the Grim Reaper.

Blue Oyster Cult has released more than 25 albums and has had their music appear in numerous films and video games. Current members include Eric Bloom (vocals), Buck Dharma (guitar), Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar), Danny Miranda (bass) and Bobby Rondinelli (drums).

Things haven't been so rosy in terms of studio work since 1983. In 83 they released Revolution by Night which was an ok album. Then Club Ninja was released in 86 and it was horrible. Being a fan you try to look at the good, but there wasn't any on that album. Albert Bouchard had been working on a solo project called Imaginos but the record company wouldn't release it unless it was under the Cult moniker. With a little rework Imaginos was released in 1988. The album was only half-heartedly promoted by Columbia and consequently sold poorly, yet many fans consider this one of the finest BÖC albums. Notable is a remake of the hit "Astronomy" featuring Dharma on lead vocals. Shortly thereafter, Columbia records was sold to Sony Music and the new management terminated Columbia's almost 20-year relationship with Blue Öyster Cult. Imaginos is currently out-of-print, but BOC completists frequently browse Ebay for used copies, sometimes fetching $60.

Since Imaginos there have only been 2 studio albums. Heaven Forbid released in 1998 and Curse of the Hidden Mirror in 2001. With the 1998 release one got the feeling that BOC was on the verge of being back. A fine album with lots of nice tunes, yet on a couple of them it just wasn't quite right. Which brings us to Curse of the Hidden Mirror, which is their best studio album since the 1980 Cultosaurus Erectus. They got it right in a big way with this album. A true return to form for the guys, sounding almost seventies cult. Some would argue that Heaven Forbid was a much better album, but I don't see it that way. Anyways a sampling from the last three studio albums from Blue Oyster Cult.

I am the One You Warned Me of

Heaven Forbid
See You in Black
Cold Gray Light of Dawn
Buy It

Curse of the Hidden Mirror
The Old Gods Return
Dance on Stilts
Buy It

Funny Toon