Time for a holiday edition of Positively Guilt-Free Wednesdays, where we get to share something without fear of ridicule or negative criticism. You know, an "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"...type thing. If you want to share something positive, this is the place, music related or not.
Blue Oyster Cult is another favorite band, along with Thin Lizzy and 10cc, that seems to always get lumped into a pile where they don't belong. They are not a heavy metal band. They are not one-hit wonders. Every record BOC released from their 1972 debut to their 1976 studio breakthrough, "Agents Of Fortune," have elements of pop, rock, jazz, psychedelia, punk and even brief walks into the avant-garde. They have employed harmonies that bring to mind both the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's guitar playing rivals the greatest axemen in music history. But of course, they will forever be known for the classic rock staples "Don't Fear The Reaper" and "Burnin' For You," two excellent songs, but neither scratching the surface of how much this band has to offer.
I thought of "Fireworks" from my favorite BOC record, "Spectres," for obvious reasons today, and it is also a good example of BOC being hard to categorize.
Another gem from "Spectres" is "Goin' Through The Motions," which feels like Phil Spector meets Mott The Hoople.
I'm feeling like today might be a big BOC listening day here at Casa de Burning Wood. If you're unfamiliar with BOC aside from the two hits, check out what I've posted. If you dig it, then dig deeper, especially the "Secret Treaties" and "Spectres" records. Though, I love "Agents Of Fortune" and "Mirrors," as well.