Blue Öyster Cult

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1997 (The 1998 Induction Ceremony)

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Blue ?yster Cult (1972)
Agents of Fortune (1976)

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(Don't Fear) The Reaper (1976)
Godzilla (1977)
Burnin' For You (1981)

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Will Blue Öyster Cult be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


57 comments so far (post your own)

BOC kicks ass

Posted by Hummer on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 10:33am

I think SNL ruined these folks' chances. No Blue Oyster Cult song will ever be played again without people yelling, "More cowbell!!"

Posted by Moni3 on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 22:23pm

Should be...but unless more hard rock acts are added in...there may not be a chance for BOC

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 05.17.07 @ 11:51am

These guys are one of the greatest bands ever formed!Not only did the write and perform one of the worlds most timeless song (don't fear the reaper) they still rock today.Theres a madness to the method God bless BOC!

Posted by keith on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 07:08am

One of very few bands I can think of to have some of their lyrics penned by famous (or semi-famous) authors.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 06.5.07 @ 11:12am

To Moni3

Yes SNL may have made BOC a puchline, but if it was not for SNL I would have never discoverd BOC.

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 08.15.07 @ 22:34pm

boc deserves to be inducted. don't fear the reaper,godzilla and burnin for you are constant staples on classic rock radio,they also have many other great songs cities on flame,astronomy,last last days of may so on and so forth.

Posted by lewis dolgin on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 23:46pm

Forget whether they deserve to be inducted--if they were, wouldn't it be cool (okay, wouldn't it be hilarious) to see the entire audience pull out cowbells?

They appeared in concert at a city fair last summer. At their final song ("Don't Fear the Reaper"), even the lead singer mimed a cowbell!

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 16:45pm

I saw them live: awesome. Anyone who contributed to Hear 'N Aid deserves credit.

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 16:04pm

Whether viewed in a small bar as Soft White Underbelly, a moderate arena like the COW Palace (needed more cowbells at this place!), or a huge Day on the Green in Oakland, you were always guaranteed the best show possible. Laser lights, huge godzilla on stage, Harley's, leather, whips, and pure heavy metal. The 'On Your Feet or On Your Knees' album, was precisely representative of any show you would - extremely well done, without a need to overdub. Having been to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, I'd rather not debase BOC's status - everyone who understands this band likely has the best monument to them, their memories, their albums, their CDs, their DVDs, and everything else. Who needs the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, to validate what we all actually know.

Posted by subhuman on Sunday, 02.24.08 @ 13:54pm

Well put.

Posted by Metalsmith on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 09:56am

FOX411 "Rock Hall of Shame" by Roger Friedman, dated March 10, 2008.

"It’s an audience that pays up to $100,000 a table in some cases, and a minimum of $2,500 a seat for individuals."

"But how to explain the newly available actual finances of this corrupt, dying establishment created by Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner?",2933,336289,00.html

Rock 'n Roll is exploited by the Hall of Fame Folks.

Get over anyone who is inducted.

Posted by subhuman on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 08:05am

I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!!!!!!!!

Posted by Lol on Monday, 04.21.08 @ 12:50pm

The Feds want to bulldoze the COW Palace in SF; SF wants to preserve it. BOC fans should support the preservation of the COW Palace.

Posted by subhuman on Wednesday, 04.30.08 @ 08:07am

I was watching Heavy Metal on one of the satellite stations today. This show proclaimed that Judas Priest was the first to wear leather, ride Harleys and carry whips on stage. Sounds like a rip-off of BOC.

Posted by Mutant on Sunday, 06.29.08 @ 00:17am

Rock on BOC

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 19:19pm

Yep...BOC deserves the honor. I don't know what planet these guys came from but they have given us some of the creepiest cool lyrics in music history.(Don't Fear)The Reaper is a MASTERPIECE.

Posted by bquest on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 11:40am

Easily one of the five greatest bands of the 70's. While their influence is everywhere, no one has made a serious attempt to recreate the style of this band (you'll never hear a group get called a BOC rip-off that's for sure) because they would't know where to begin. "Don't Fear The Reaper" is a masterpiece and "Burnin' For You" showed that they could adapt their sonic formula for the mainstream as well.

Posted by Randy on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 18:03pm

There are about 18 posts on this site as I write this, and I think everyone supports the band. Well, I'm going to be the fly in the ointment and go against it, not because I want to disrupt this perfect record, but rather because I can see no way to discern between them and many of the other arena acts that are fought over on the site.

First off - I do like the band. I hold no bizarre personal thing against them that would influence my reasoning. In addition, I readily admit to not hearing everything they ever did, so my judgement is not the be-all and end-all here. "Don't Fear the Reaper' is a great song, and it does have a sound that is truly unique. It sounds almost like what would happen if they Byrds had set out to make a metal album.

Thing is, I fail to hear it in any of their other stuff. "Burnin For You" is another very good track, but really sounds like a poppier-sounding version of a track like "Godzilla" (no, I am not saying they sound exactly alike - don't get that idea). As it is, "Godzilla" sounds a lot like the basic metal that Sabbath, Deep Purple, and anyone else could have put out. It seems strange to defend a band like BOC and go against Foreigner, Rush, Journey, Yes, or anyone else. Now no one on this post has done that yet.

I'll leave it like this. I would have no issue w/ them getting in if all of these contemporaries were also getting in. I've read a lot of posts where people vigorously stump for one band or another. I could not find any logic to understand why BOC would merit something special in relation to those others, ala LAX and his Genesis hype, if that's what folks are thinking.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 18:47pm

Ive seen B.O.C. since the seventies and I saw them this summer in Santa Cruz rockin' the Boardwalk. They still are very tight and making new music that is good, but today's radio boycotts. These guys have been around the world. I know I must have partied with the Subhuman from above at a Day on the Green or at the Cow Palace or Selland Arena, or The Catalyst. These guys are what rock and roll is about from the 70's, Hard rock, good lyrics, lotsa props and lights! They still have a huge loyal following and are very gracious to the fans.

Posted by Brian S. Taylor on Wednesday, 12.3.08 @ 21:37pm

I believe I heard over the holidays on That Metal Show, that they are even dumping on the RnR Hall of Shame. I've been to Cleveland and the Hall - not impressed by either.

I'm in excess of 50y.o. - "about half my life" - and I don't need no stinking corporate-styled conglomerate to define who is good and who isn't.

I've purchased some crappy albums and seen some terrible live shows, and once was enough to not spend my money on them again - much the same with the RnR Hall of Shame (wouldn't recommend going and wouldn't go back). Wake up and realize that the RnR Hall of Shame is nothing more than a money making machine for some pinheaded twits.

Posted by Subhuman on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 14:45pm

"I can see no way to discern between them and many of the other arena acts that are fought over on the site"

I'm having a really hard time following your reasoning that BOC should be left out until bands like Foreigner, Journey, Rush, and Yes get in. First off, I feel that every one of those bands should get in (though I think Rush is WAAAY overrated). Second, I don't see how you lump BOC in any of them. What made the Oysters (well, I can't call them the Cult now can I?) amazing is how unique they were.

Posted by Randy on Saturday, 03.14.09 @ 00:45am

Blue Oyster Cult are another one of the greats that has been ignored by the hall. Great song writing, huge influence in rock, songs that have held up on radio, they have all the qualifications. I remember reading an old album review for these guys and the critic refered to them as the, "Fleetwood Mac of heavy metal" and they were one of the first bands that was heavy and melodic. I feel that they have been sterotyped like Deep Purple for only having one difinative song ( (Don't Fear) The Reaper in BOC's case and Smoke on the Water in DP's case) which really shouldn't be in either case. So many great BOC songs other than reaper: "Godzilla", "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll", "Vetern of the Psychic Wars", "Divine Wind", "Burnin' for You", "Heavy Metal:the Black and Silver". Really an influencial band that I feel needs some respect.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 04.25.09 @ 17:45pm

They also had arguably the best cover of "Born to be Wild". Buck Dharma is an amazing underrated guitar player too, just listen to the solo on "Vetern of the Psychic Wars". So Soft White Underbelly really should get thier due in my opinion.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 04.25.09 @ 18:27pm

This is epic and Buck Dharma can play!

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 21:03pm

I was making a list of some of artists who have covered BOC and I realized they actually have a very wide influence. Metal, alternative, stoner, and punk bands have covered them either live or on albums. Here's the list:

-Iced Earth
-The Minutemen
-Goo Goo Dolls
-Smashing Pumpkins
-Fu Manchu
-White Flag
-Band of Susans
-White Zombie
-Sebastian Bach

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.1.09 @ 22:08pm

buck dharma is an underrated guitar player. I've seen BOC many times over the decades, (tickets for this friday night in Denver) and I've always left impressed by Buck's playing. Any one who says they didn't influence guitar rock is just plan wrong.

Posted by bsharp on Tuesday, 07.21.09 @ 11:02am

B.O.C. Should Be In.I Saw Them 15+ Times.Also Have Met The Band.Nice People And Great Players.

Posted by woody on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 11:42am

Man i'm 52 years old and have listened to every form of music,and B.O.C. is by far the group that can give you goose bumps on every song they play,does any one remember"Then came the Last Days of May?"I can't find it anywhere,I think it was on the L.P.on your feet or on your khees,can any one help me?????Thank-you!!!!Robert Wilson Sr.

Posted by Robert E. Wilson Sr. on Saturday, 03.27.10 @ 18:15pm

Robert...I have the subscription service Rhapsody (which I would highly recommend to any music lover), and "Last Days of May" along with that album (their whole catalogue is available, actually). Definitely worth checking out!

Hope that helps you out a bit...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 03.27.10 @ 21:11pm

BOC is beyond a doubt one of the greatest "bands" to ever rock. All members were writers, singers and musicians, showing what a true band should be. They are underrated but have clearly had a huge influenced on multiple acts. Their career has spanned decades and they are still rocking. The rock hall is nothing until hard rock gets its due!
Long live BOC!

Posted by Walt on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 04:28am

I actually advocate BOC's induction. Along with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, not only did they rock as hard as anyone in the 70's, their lyrical content was scores more interesting (even literate) than bands like...oh, I don't know... KISS. They had 2 or 3 good to great albums and a slew of hits. They were also a big influence on the Minutemen (in fact, D. Boon started going by his first initial because of E. Bloom)

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 16:30pm

I would certainly support their induction but with the absence of bands like Deep Purple it's going to be tough when looking down the road at the next few years. I'm still keeping an open mind but I wouldn't hold my breathe. They were pretty unique and have their fair share of influence. Let's hope.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:43am

B.O.C. is my all-time favorite band. I've seen them dozens of times, and will see them dozens more. I want to get permission from the band to setup a world record mass cowbell event to Don't Fear The Reaper. Let's get this going viral, and set it up!!! Let's get B.O.C. in the Guinness Book of World Records. Screw the hall of fame!

Posted by Wayne Woodall on Thursday, 07.8.10 @ 14:31pm

There's a hole in HoF and the only thing that'll fill it up is more cowbell.

Posted by Theguy on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 19:12pm

I hope that the boc never goes into the hof. they are so much better then that. The of is like the Hollywood walk of fame where one has to pay for the recognition. The Blue Oyster Cult are the best! the hof is for "acts" like Bon Jovi, alice copper, boxcar willie, ll cool j etc. After all, "I'm on the lamb, but I ain't no sheep".

Posted by Grey Ghost on Tuesday, 03.15.11 @ 09:32am

Enough influence to qualify, but its been 10 years and they're still known as the "More Cowbell" band. If they do make it past the unfair stereotype its possible, and I would totally support it.

Posted by Jim on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 17:21pm

An average of just under 100 shows a year for 40+ years (all of which still jam BTW) should be reason enough. One very, very brief hiatus along the way. The band had a member for every personality...never one-sided. They were simply too deep for the mainstream to understand or appreciate. You need to have brains to get The Blue Oyster Cult. You need to understand music technique to love The Blue Oyster Cult. You had to have a sense of humour. You just need a soul. Nothing turned me off more in this band's history as their sporadic attempts to become mainstream. The mainstream is not what rock 'n' roll is about. If the HoF doesn't get it. No big deal. We Understand!

Posted by Blowhard on Friday, 03.18.11 @ 18:02pm

This so called hall of fame keeps inducting some bands that are were either around a limited number of years with limited material, had little talent or had minimal impact on rock n roll. They're obviously biased against hard rock and heavy metal but that makes sense since Rolling Stone magazine has been that way since the 80's. Debbie Harry but no Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden Ronnie James Dio or Megadeth? You say that musical talent and material is a major criteria for your decision but The Beastie Boys are up for nomination. When you do nominate someone like Ozzy you don't let Black Sabbath in? Without Iommi there would be no Ozzy. He's the one who tuned down his guitar and created metal.

Posted by Tom Oester on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 20:59pm

Black Sabbath's in and I don't think Ozzy's even been considered.
Also ain't nothing wrong with Blondie.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 13:02pm

I don't know Tom. Did BOC do anything original? Innovative? Groundbreaking? Sorry but I don't consider Godzilla or Don't Fear the Reaper, two catchy but silly songs, to be watershed events in musical history. Nor were they an overwhelming commercial success. As noted Black Sabbaths is already in, and hopefully Iron Maiden joins them. And Blondie has about a million times more of an impact on contemporary music than BOC, to the extent BOC is remembered at all. When you see that type of closed-minded comment, it makes me almost enjoy roasting marshmallows on the rock funereal pyre. I may even make Smores out of it.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 14:11pm

Don't Fear The Reaper isn't silly, I'd say Blondie had sillier songs than that. And no way did Blondie have a million times more impact, that's just stupid.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 14:29pm

"One Way or Another" is very silly, sillier than even "Godzilla" to me. "I'm gonna get ya get ya get ya get ya". It is also a good song. Using silly songs as a criterion to keep someone out of the HoF is very weird, since it's hard to think of many long-lasting bands who don't have some silly songs.

The question is whether BOC had a large enough influence on metal or not (I think they're a borderline case that could reasonably go either way). Van Halen is in and their whole career was pretty silly...

Posted by Sean on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 15:50pm

The last pop culture reference I can recall for Blue Oyster Cult was Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) in the scene where some loser was trying to scalp tickets. Yes, so many bands are "influenced" by BOC today. That is rich. To be fair, I had a copy of Some Enchanted Evening. I still remember the intro for Godzilla.
Anyway, the lesson of BOC: take some chances, do something new, don't just be a decent rock band among a dozen others in the same genre. Not only has BOC never been nominated. They've never even come close. And apart from the typical conspiracy theories, I can't think of a single reason why they should be.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 09.29.11 @ 17:11pm

On reflection though, having said all that, if I had to choose between BOC and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, I would would go with BOC. So there you go.

Posted by astrodog on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 13:14pm

Joan Jett isn't really a guitar player. A few bar chords. Buck Dharma is one of the most amazing guitarists ever. BOC has music in countless films, many recent, so the Fast Times comment is just ignorant. This link just shows a few of the several.

Posted by Wayne Woodall on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 12:54pm

It's true. BOC's music was used in Larry the Cable Guy. I did hear Reaper some where recently.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 13:30pm

The lack of BOC in the RRHOF is a devastating, credibility vaporizing 16 year denial. Buck Dharma is a guitar GOD and epitomizes rock and roll.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 11:26am

If H.P. Lovecraft was a musician, he'd be in BoC.

That they and Rush have been snubbed by the industry for so long is a testament to how they refuse to cater to the industry itself, and it's never ending search for money. These two bands, among others, have stayed true to the fans, the music, and themselves. Rock and Roll has never been about fitting in, so it's a mark of pride that they've been out for so long.

Rush just inducted and BoC still out, but Aerosmith was in long ago? Says all you need to know right there.
Commercial success isn't the only form of success, and it's certainly NOT the form most worthy of respect.

Long live BoC.

Posted by Cthulhu on Sunday, 05.19.13 @ 17:35pm

RIP, Allen Lanier

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 08.15.13 @ 11:14am

BOC should be in if only for the awesome cowbell riffs.

Posted by Telarock on Saturday, 02.8.14 @ 14:27pm

Blue Oyster Cult reminds me of 38 Special.Very good songs & excellent musicians. It's always a mystery why certain bands break through as superstars & others never reach that height.

I'm afraid Blue Oyster Cult will never be inducted. There is such a backlog of deserving bands. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 02.18.14 @ 14:21pm

What kind of moron would say BOC had no influence on rock? In the early and mid '70s, before Don't Fear The Reaper, they headlined and sold out concerts without any radio air play. (Metallica?) They took a little known band on tour with them during this time and because of it they became mega stars (KISS). BOC is always about the music and their fans. They've gone from playing stadiums during the height of their popularity to playing rib fests and county fairs just so they can still play. How many other bands would do that? I've seen them in every venue and they always put on a hell of a show. They were all very talented musicians. They are what every band should be. Best live band ever.

Posted by EZE on Friday, 12.12.14 @ 20:12pm

just visited this website to view what I had already thought.No BOC in the hall. what a shame.Just saw them in Cleveland,ohio in October.They still kick ass!All their songs....they could have played all nite.I'll see them again .screw the hall.

Posted by joe scap on Wednesday, 12.17.14 @ 07:48am

What nothing against Blondie, but come on BOC is a great band and should be in the RRH of fame this band has been around since the late 60s and has put out some great music.. Go Buck

Posted by t smith on Sunday, 08.9.15 @ 01:36am

Blue Oyster Cult, another band snubbed by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Its litereally a sin that Blue Oyster cult isnt in yet. Theyre still around touring and making music. They had influences just like the others. Todays msuic wouldnt be around if it wasnt for BOC, The CARS, Kiss, Blondie, Def Leppard , ect

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 12.22.16 @ 02:16am

On Blue Oyster Cult: I think Blue Oyster Cult's longevity and excellent stage performances will help their nomination and induction. They had some monster great songs like Burnin' For You (Classic Perfection) and Don't Fear The Reaper. I'm a fan of the Joan Crawford song with the incredible piano intro. First class musicians. They BOC are on my 30 group list that I pared down from 45. It will be difficult to make the Final 20 but I think it's going to be BOC's time for nomination. Chicago,ELO,Kiss,Rush,YES have all been inducted in recent years. There seems to be 2 or 3 open spots for BOC to capture 1 of them. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 07.11.17 @ 05:11am

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