Blue Öyster Cult

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Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in New York in 1967 and still active as of 2010. The group is well known for songs including "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Burnin' for You" and "Godzilla". They have sold over 114 million albums worldwide(including 70 million in the US alone), and have over 36 charted singles.

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History

The band originated as a band called Soft White Underbelly (a name the band would later occasionally use in the 1970s and 1980s to play small club gigs around the U.S.) in 1967 in the vicinity of Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, at the prompting of critic and manager Sandy Pearlman.[1] Pearlman wanted the group to be the American answer to Black Sabbath.[2] Pearlman was very important to the band—he was able to get them gigs, recording contracts with Elektra and Columbia, and he provided them with his poetry for use as lyrics for many of their songs, including "Astronomy". Writer Richard Meltzer also provided the band with lyrics from their early days up through their most recent studio album. The band (with original lead vocalist Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters) recorded an album's worth of material for Elektra Records in 1968. When Braunstein departed in early 1969, Elektra shelved the album.

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