Blue Oyster Cult. Where Did You Come in?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by AllOverTheMap, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. AllOverTheMap

    AllOverTheMap Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Chicopee, Ma.
    This was a consequence of my Columbia Record House great leap forward. I had quite a few Beatles albums at this time and some stray hit-single-inspired albums like Eric Carmen and The Bee Gees "Main Course."

    Ready to roar into the rock era at 16 in the summer of '76, I included "Agents of Fortune" in my 9 selections for a penny entry to the club. I think I'd heard of Don't Fear the Reaper more by reputation than actual air play, so I didn't have any great expectations when I selected AOF. They could be as good or worse than Aerosmith or the Doobie Brothers -- two others on that initial list of nine.

    Well . . . never bought another album by those bands, but The Cult quickly seized my imagination. Loved AOF all the way through. Well recall the "sit up and take notice" jolt I got from This Ain't the Summer of Love as I was sunning myself on the back patio.

    Probably waited for "Spectres" before I struck again, and then started going backwards. Even sent away for the computer print-out lyrics, once enough albums were acquired.

    Saw them play at Jones Beach Theater on New York's Long Island in a rainstorm, with their lasers pierceing through the rain drops. That was some enchanted evening!

    Stayed with them with moderate interest after that as the other albums fore and aft didn't quite grab me the way those middle three did.

    Astronomy joined Don't Fear (The Reaper) when I compiled my top 40 of all-time in college in 1982 and the three of us spent a long day's journey into night counting them down, rotating among us. I think it had to consume two nights now that I think about it.

    Only recently did I learn that so many of the impenetrable early lyrics were the building blocks of a diabolical grand scheme by Sandy Pearlman to tell a non-linear sci-fi story of his through the band's music.

    Now that's what I call a rubric scarab!
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  2. Claus

    Claus Eating is a need, enjoying is an art.

    Agents of Fortune was my first BÖC record....
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  3. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    Their first Columbia album:edthumbs::cheers: Loved the first three and the first live album. I was disappointed by Agents
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  4. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    The Revolution By Night (still my favourite).

    Moved backwards from there.
  5. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    On a friend's recommendation I bought the first album when it dropped in 1972. I really liked the first three albums, and they are still in heavy rotation, but I checked out without buying Agents of Fortune; Don't Fear the Reaper didn't appeal and was so overplayed in 1976. I've heard all the albums, but only the first three did it for me.
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  6. slop101

    slop101 Guitar Geek

    So. Cal.
    Have no idea where I came "in", they've just always been around, but after listening to their albums separately, I like their 2nd album best.
  7. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    In the beginning more or less (high school)
    Creem was pushing T&M when it came out. Columbia would do whole page ads even the back cover.
    (the first album was just dead on arrival)
    I bought it without hearing one note. F words cannot capture the feeling of hearing all that in your face music for the first time
    I bought the first album soon after, but I will admit it took awhile for much of it to connect except Stairway. Screams, and Cities.
  8. Craigman1959

    Craigman1959 Forum Resident

    Alabama, USA
    I came in on Agents also...I was 17 in the summer of '76. Got Spectres and Mirrors. Didn't like Cultosaurus at the time, but I sure dig it now. Got back on board with Unknown Origin.

    ....then I went back and got the earlier ones and the live albums. I love BOC.
  9. Agents Of Fortune in 1976-77. A favorite among me and my buddies. Spectres soon after. The next albums were On Your Feet Or On Your Knees and Some Enchanted Evening -both probably 1978-79.
  10. Doggiedogma

    Doggiedogma Forum Resident

    Started with "Don't Fear The Reaper" - I was 7 or 8 and the music and lyrics transfixed me. Later it was Some Enchanted Evening, I was around 10 then and a friend had the album, I went to his house to listen and the cover freaked me out. Got into them even more with Fire Of Unknown Origin, but became true fanatic through a roommate I had who was a huge BOC fan in the late '90s.
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  11. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    I probably heard Burnin' for You on the radio.
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  12. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    Club Ninja........probably around the spring of 1986. I remember buying the cassette because I thought the cover looked kinda cool. I had heard of BOC, but knew very little about them. Of course I worked my way backwards through their discography, and Secret Treaties became a favorite very quickly. I know Club Ninja takes a beating for being BOC's worst album, but was my first.
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  13. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
    Bought the first album on release, followed that up with a riotous concert at the old Schaefer Music Festival in 1973. It featured a very drunk Richard Meltzer as MC and lots of m-80's being tossed around. Fun times.
    First 3 albums are gold for me, Agents of Fortune has moments, and the Stalk Forrest Group St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings is a must have.
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  14. JR63

    JR63 Well-Known Member

    Freshman year in college (fall 1973) and one of the guys who lived down the hall in my dorm had their S/T first album from 1972. I recall listening to "Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll" and really liking the song, as well as, several other cuts from the album.
  15. PJayBe

    PJayBe Forum Resident

    That's two of us love that album!!
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  16. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

    London, Ontario
    `Tyranny And Mutation' - that ad in Rolling Stone with the photo of Buck and Eric with
    their `dueling guitars'......I couldn't resist. It is still one of my favourite albums. Saw them
    live this past summer and I enjoyed the concert immensely.
  17. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    The Reaper brought me, as was the case for many others, I think.

    A great band. The American Black Sabbath? Hmm.....not sure. BOC are a lot stranger than Sabbath.
  18. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    The Cult had a pretty splashy introduction in Rolling Stone as I recall. Not just the ads but the reviews of their first two albums were gushing.
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  19. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I bought the debut album when it first came out and I liked it a lot. But it was 'On Your Feet or On Your Knees' that made me realize how good they were, and I've been a fanatic since.
  20. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Fire Of Unkown Origin
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  21. sound chaser

    sound chaser Forum Resident

    North East UK.
    Cultosaurus Erectus. Then backwards, and forwards :)
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  22. AllOverTheMap

    AllOverTheMap Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Chicopee, Ma.

    The Cult were the one band that I liked that Rolling Stone also seemed to like. Could never understand why. Recently I've learned there was a lot of payola going on involving Wenner. Plus Sandy Pearlman was a rock critic. Not hard for me to see where the twain met there.
  23. stetsonic

    stetsonic Forum Resident

    I discovered Tyranny and Mutation in the late 80's and I remember being just instantly blown away by "The Red & the Black".
  24. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Nice one! :righton:
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  25. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    I like Club Ninja! :)

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