October 28, 2020 Playlist

"Cultösaurus Erectus" by Blue Öyster Cult (1980)
Blue Öyster Cult "Cultösaurus Erectus"  1980 (USA)
BÖC is a great, original, and unique American rock band. They started on the Long Island scene in the late sixties as "Soft White Underbelly", moved to California to record an album that wasn't released, changed their name to "The Stalk-Forrest Group" and recorded ANOTHER album that wasn't released, before returning home to New York and finding a name that finally stuck and recording a debut album in 1972 that DID get released! Calling themselves a "cult" was very fitting because of the mysterious aura they have always projected in their lyrics and album covers and the fact that they seem to have a loyal core following but are not exactly household names or "pop stars" (they did score about three radio hits, the most memorable being the creepy classic "Don't Fear The Reaper"). Though not exactly a "metal" band, they do have a spooky vibe (which works nicely for Halloween) and were an important influence on metal in several ways - beginning with the umlaut in the band's name! The group struggled a bit in the late 1970's but wound down their career in the early 1980's with a pair of classic albums: Fire Of Unknown Origin (1982) was the bigger seller of the two (due to the hit "Burnin' For You") but I think the undiscovered gem in their discography is this week's classic album Cultösaurus Erectus. None of the songs were hits, but it might be the most consistently interesting batch of songs they ever released. Earlier this year, the Cult put out their first studio album in decades The Symbol Remains (2020; here's the video for a brand new song). The last two remaining original members are the two most important ones: singing guitarists Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roesser, who - according to their band motto - are "still on tour forever" after 50 years!
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
Alice CooperHalo Of FliesKiller1971USA
Iron Maiden (R)KillersKillers1981UK
Metallica (R)The Call Of KtuluRide The Lightning1984USA
Mastodon Orion (Metallica)Medium Rarities (N - compilation)2020 (Reprise)USA
(with Ty Segall)
Close Your EyesFuzz III (N)2020 (In The Red)USA
All Them Witches
Enemy Of My EnemyNothing As The Ideal (N)2020 (New West)USA
Metz Framed By The Comet's TailAtlas Vending (N)2020 (Sub Pop)Canada
The Budos Band
Sixth HammerLong In The Tooth (N)2020 (Daptone)USA
James Williamson & Deniz Tek
No DreamsTwo To One (N)2020 (Cleopatra)USA
Blue Öyster CultBlack BladeCultösaurus Erectus
Blue Öyster CultLips In The HillsCultösaurus Erectus
Blue Öyster CultDeadlineCultösaurus Erectus
Blue Öyster CultTransmaniacon MCBlue Öyster Cult1972USA
Stalk-Forrest Group (AKA Soft White Underbelly)A Fact About SneakersSt. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings (compilation)rec. 1969, rel. 2001USA
Ozzy OsbourneFire (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)Prince Of Darkness (compilation)2005UK
Buffalo Fuzz
Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)Vol. II (N)2020 (self released)USA
Flotsam And JetsamSaturday Night's Alright For Fighting (Elton John)No Place For Disgrace1988USA
Slayer (R)Die By The SwordShow No Mercy1983USA
HellhammerTriumph Of DeathApocalyptic Raids1984Switzerland
Clown Core
Flat Earth
   / Infinite Realm Of Incomprehensible Suffering
   / McRonalds
Van (N)2020 (self released)USA
Scott WalkerThe Church Of The ApostlesPola X (original soundtrack)1999USA/UK
Charles MingusDevil BluesChanges One1974USA
Al Di MeolaRace With Devil On Spanish HighwayElegant Gypsy1977USA
Don EllisThe Devil Made Me Write This PieceSoaring1973USA
Jazz Sabbath Children Of The Grave (Black Sabbath)Jazz Sabbath (N)2020 (Blacklake)UK
Grace SlickTheme From The Movie "Manhole"Manhole1974USA

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