Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blue Oyster Cult, part three the Early. the 80s, and the return

In 1967, the band that would someday become Blue Oyster Cult debuted in Long Island as Thin White Underbelly. This is their only known surviving recording.

In their next guise, the band was called Stalker Forrest Group. Their recordings on Elektra Records were not released, however, until later on the album St. Cecilia.

At the other end of their career, we have the album Imaginos in 1987, one of their last albums of original material. The album is an attempt to at last record an album based on the poetry arc that inspired their name and identity as Blue Oyster Cult, written by longtime manager and producer Sandy Pearlman

Now, a cut from Blue Oyster Cult's debut album in 1972. It later appears re-made as the song, "the Red and the Black" off Tyranny and Mutation.

Chris Middleman writes:

The task of lyrical reinvention fell on Meltzer and especially, Pearlman. Rock music entered the artistic consciousness over a decade earlier and now had a burgeoning community of aestheticians. Meltzer wrote lyrics sounding like sardonic jive talk, reminiscent of the goofier passages in Kerouac's Mexico City Blues, while Pearlman had a singular vision for the band's mythos. He'd already been working on a cycle of poems featuring Imaginos, a cavalier adventurer at the time of the New World's discovery who made a pact with Lovecraftian sea beasties. In exchange for his immortality, he's destined to be reincarnated as influential villains of the West's imperial powers.

That's the fourth track from Blue Oyster Cult's masterpiece third album Secret Treaties. Here's the original radio advertisement from April 1974.

We'll be back after this.

Listen, I'm still figuring out integr8dsoul.com, but meanwhile, you can do what Jason (and Aimee!) have done. In Jason's case, he sent us $9 at

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which was really cool as it covers shipping and handling, at $1.25 each! The issue itself, DNA #1, retails for $3.25.

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/According to Chris Middleman:
In 1970, the Stalk-Forrest Group was a Grateful Dead-leaning band in terms of style (and much
ess substance), boasting the quicksilver guitar of Don Roeser. The core players, including lyricists/rock critics Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer, met as students attending Stony Brook University. Botched gigs, personnel collapses and the growing irrelevancy of the band's sound precipitated in Elektra canceling Stalk-Forrest's contract; the group floundered, rocking out at bars under names such as Oaxaca and The Santos Sisters and edging closer to calling it quits. Pearlman, running in the same circle as Columbia A&R man Murray Krugman, learned that Columbia was seeking an American equivalent to Black Sabbath, given the unexpected success of their Karloffian thunder. Pearlman, doing triple duty as band manager, rallied the troops back together under the BOC moniker, with the mission of securing the Columbia recording deal through manufactured attitude, sinister lyricism, and overdriven guitar attacks.

Imaginos was a Sandy Pearlman cycle of poetry created in the late 60's, which sometimes provided Blue Oyster Cult with songs such as "Astonomy" and "ME-262" and "The Subhuman." Albert Bouchard, having left the band, spent the mid-80s developing the Imaginos songs for his debut solo record. Eventually, the entire band recorded the final result.

In the 21 st century, Blue Oyster Cult has produced one album, a true return to form for the hard rocking band's well-written tunes. Unfortunately, the band no longer has a record deal, though they continue to tour, with 36 American dates already listed for the summer. Here they are performing "Perfect Water," co-written by Dharma with Jim Carroll, poet and author of the Basketball Diaries.

I'm Richard Rory, your host.
Thanks for listening.

WNRV Omegaville, Citrusville.

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