Christening Blue Öyster Cult as hard rock’s the Band – four golden voices and a keyboardist – actually does the original Long Island quintet disservice in that all five members composed, co-composed, and collaborated with the likes of author Michael Moorcock and Patti Smith. Dating back to the late-Sixties meeting of Albert Bouchard and Donald Roeser in college, the brief label mates to the Doors and Stooges rode art-rock into the mainstream 1972-88. Still led by Roeser and frontman Eric Bloom, BÖC’s deep, rich canon of FM lit can’t be reduced to a Saturday Night Live
punch line.: “Well, the cowbell has been a curse and a blessing,” chuckles Roeser, aka Buck Dharma, who wrote Top 20 calling card “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” “We had nothing to do with the [SNL
skit], of course. That was all the mind of Will Ferrell and what’s remarkable to me about it is how funny it is.”: The guitarist, 70 this year, starts laughing just thinking about it.: “[We] came close to getting him to come down once in L.A. and play cowbell with us,” he says. “Certainly, as time has rolled on, we’ve all learned to embrace the cowbell – or at least accept it.”: Bouchard once compared his ex-bandmate to Mozart (revisit “Albert,” Feb. 19, 2007), saying, “Mozart was like Donald: The ideas would just burst out of his head fully formed … Donald wrote ‘Reaper’ in one go.”: “That’s funny,” cracks up the song’s Medusa, also author of BÖC charters “Burnin’ for You” and “Shooting Shark.” “I played him ‘The Reaper’ when I was done, but it actually took me about two months to write. What happened is that after we got multitrack tape recorders, the members of the band brought in songs that were a lot more fully formed in terms of arrangement and conception than previously. Then we’d all hammer them out together in a room. It was a lot more of a collaborative effort, and you could say there was a certain organic elegance about that.: “‘The Reaper’ was the first one I wrote after I got my four-track recorder.”: Read Raoul Hernandez's entire interview with Buck Dharma.
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