Blue Öyster Cult
The genesis of Blue Öyster Cult lay in the musical ambitions of rock writers Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer. Based in Long Island, New York, the pair put together a group - known variously as the Cows, the Soft White Underbelly and Oaxaca - to perform their original songs. By 1969 the unit, now dubbed the Stalk Forrest Group, had formed around Eric Bloom (11 December 1944; guitar, vocals), Donald Buck Dharma Roeser (b. 12 November 1947; guitar, vocals), Allen Lanier (b. 25 June 1946; keyboards, guitar), Joe Bouchard (b. 9 November 1948; bass, vocals) and Albert Bouchard (drums). The quintet completed a single, What Is Quicksand, before adopting the Blue Öyster Cult appellation. Early releases combined Black Sabbath -styled riffs with obscure lyricism, which engendered an intelligent heavy metal tag. Cryptic titles, including A Kiss Before The Redap and ODd On Life Itself, compounded an...