Cult of Personality

A fond look back at Blue Öyster Cult's hits and misses

In music critics' and fans' attempts to revise the Seventies' musical identity politics in their own clique's vision (Punk won! No, metal did!), it seems as if Blue Öyster Cult were excluded simply by virtue of their genre-bending--although their bland Eighties albums certainly did nothing to help their cause. But with the reissue of their impressive discography, doesn't BÖC deserve better than playing the same Hair Ball as Warrant and Jackyl? True, BÖC's well-crafted latest, Curse of the Hidden Mirror, probably won't bring the nascent classic-metal revival into the mainstream. But a little respect for the band would still be nice. So do your part by requesting the original "Astronomy" on 93X instead of Metallica's cover, and by yelling for BÖC to play "Dominance and Submission" at the Hair Ball. And no matter how much you laughed at the SNL skit: Leave the cowbells at home.

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