8. AS­TRON­OMY (1974)

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

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New York quasi-me­tal ec­centrics Blue Öyster Cult were pro­moted as the Amer­i­can Sab­bath, but their more sen­si­tive charms were ev­i­dent on mon­ster smash (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.

Bassist Joe Bouchard left the band in 1986, drift­ing into a nine-to-five life in pub­lish­ing. Then he heard that Me­tal­lica were cov­er­ing As­tron­omy, a song he’d writ­ten for BÖC’s third al­bum, 1974’s Se­cret Treaties. As a re­sult, he quit his day job and went back to full-time mu­sic: “I said to my­self, to have this kind of suc­cess, that hon­our of be­ing cov­ered by a fa­mous band, re­ally meant that I should write more songs,” Joe told the web­site Clas­sicbands.com. Since then, he’s been in­volved with projects fea­tur­ing the likes of orig­i­nal Alice Cooper bassist Den­nis Dun­away and Doors gui­tarist Robby Krieger, and recorded a hand­ful of solo records. “I said,

‘This is pretty lucky,’” added Joe.

“The Me­tal­lica record ended up sell­ing about 5 mil­lion copies. So, that’s pretty cool.” Yep, you could say that, Joe.

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