Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Agents of Fortune

Agents of Fortune is the fourth studio album by Blue Oyster Cult released in 1976. The platinum selling album peaked at #29 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, while the single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" peaked at #12 on the Pop Singles chart, making it Blue Öyster Cult's biggest hit. The album was also the band's greatest critical success. Of course, upon the success of the single, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", Blue Öyster Cult became the center of a controversy surrounding the supposed pro-suicide lyrics of the song. Some stupid idiots never actually listened to the song which is a love ballad concerning love that lasts beyond death, and a call to seize the day. Unfortunately stupid idiots still exist to this day and continue to run around screaming, "oh that bad music makes people kill themselves, we must ban it so we can protect everybody". But forget them, this is essential rock n roll here. Reaper was also inadvertantly responsible for one of the funniest sketches ever to appear on Saturday Night Live that aired in 2000. Featuring the overly loud and vigorous cowbell player, Gene Frenkle (played by Will Ferrell). Absolutely hilarious.

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