Retro of the day: Blue Oyster Cult

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BLUE OYSTER CULT

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is a song by the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult from their 1976 album, Agents of Fortune. It was written and sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and was produced by David Lucas, Murray Krugman, and Sandy Pearlman. The song is built around Dharma’s opening, repetitive guitar riff, while the lyrics deal with eternal love and the inevitability of death. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself.

The edited single version was Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest chart success, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1976. Additionally, critical reception was mainly positive and, in 2004, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was listed at number 397 on the Rolling Stone list of the top 500 songs of all time.

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