Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Now, via the previous post, I've got your undivided attention with regards to the matter of my eternal love~hate relationship with the music of Blue Öyster Cult here is my unrestrained tribute to Secret Treaties...
Fellow nostalgianauts let's hurtle back to 1974 to the hallowed era of the likes of Gerd Müller, Godzilla v. Mechagodzilla, The Monster of Peladon and now sample the fine frenzied flavour of the BÖC album Secret Treaties. I asked that Lothian Lout Mr H to identify his Cult choices and he put this record as one of the defining benchmarks. And so it is for your humble narrator, I acquired my vinyl copy in the autumn of 1980.
It is hailed by many as a proto-metal masterpiece, I call it an essential ingredient to your home audio treasure trove.
This carries THE heavyweight songs such as Subhuman, Harvester of Eyes, Flaming Telepaths, Career of Evil and the truly sublime creation Astronomy.
I spent a great deal of the 1980s on a sort of vinylesque quest to seek out all things BÖC. I saw them as a sensational saviour to all my ills and misfortune, their music saw me through the darkest of times. And yet as I've often remarked the Öyster Boys are not always palatable to these ears but their redemption is in the tracks of wonder which outshines the mediocre.
Yes Dear Readers, I was that glakit geezer who shouted the loudest hoots of delight above the crowd as the BÖC were lost in a sound misfire performance at Donington 1981. I didn't care.
My enduring pet hate about BÖC was their need to load up playing cover songs, no need why blight the shows and the live albums in this way. There's only so much Born to be Wild a man can take!
I've a copy of every 'Cult album and in each there is fried gold as well as foul fillers. I'm never under any illusion when I load up the iPod or turntable or CD grinder.
Back to Secret Treaties though with its homage to the fabulous wonder weapon the Messerschmitt 262 and the customary mystical lyrics throughout. Is there ever a better place to acquaint yourself with the mysterious world of the Blue Öyster Cult?
(And that includes you Mike...)
And before I go and make myself a hot toasted sandwich of Cheddar & Marmite, go read Julian Cope's eloquent examination of BÖC. It makes for a pleasing analysis far greater than my feeble words of praise here...
Julian Cope's BÖC Blitz
at 7:24 pm