Contact Us

Dear Blue Oyster Cult, I’m Sorry I Killed That Guy And I Really Love You

Okay, this is weird. The other night I was being a weirdo on Facebook (imagine that!) and I signed off with “I’m off to dream the dream of history, I am Imaginos”. Well the more more musically aware will recognize that as the intro to Blue Oyster Cult’s remake of their own “Astronomy”.  It was read over the intro of the song by Stephen King.  The very next day something tragic happened.


So I quoted a Blue Oyster Cult song before bed. The next morning it was announced that Alan Lanier, a founding member of the band had died. Weird huh?

Blue Oyster Cult hit it big with “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” in 1976.  They also had a giant hit with “Burning For You” in 1981.  Most of you only know the band from these two songs.  They actually had a very weird, trippy catalog of songs and sold 22 million albums worldwide. Their albums, when listened to in context actually always made me think of them as “The sci-fi Black Sabbath”.  Some of my favorite tracks are “Joan Crawford”, “Cities On Flame(with Rock and Roll), “Veteran Of Psychic Wars”, “Godzilla”, “Fireworks” and on and on.  You see the thing with Blue Oyster Cult is, they made ALBUMS.  You didn’t listen to a Blue Oyster Cult “song”, you put on the album and enjoyed the entire thing.

Alan Lanier was with the band as a second guitarist and keyboardist for 38 years.  One of the highlights of a Blue Oyster Cult show was when he stepped out from behind the keyboard and they killed you with three guitars at once. Rest now my friend and dream the dream of history for us.

It’s very odd, but I can’t find a version of “Astronomy” that has the narration by Stephen King (the one I quoted on it).  Here’s a good copy of the song through:

Subscribe to KFMX FM on

And here’s the full “Agent’s Of Fortune” Album

Subscribe to KFMX FM on

Best of KFMX

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for THE BOMB SQUAD quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive THE BOMB SQUAD contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.