Blue Öyster Cult 1980-1981
During this time, Sandy Pearlman had become Black Sabbaths manager, and that association led to the hiring of Heaven and Hell producer Martin Birch, being hired for the next BÖC record.That, coupled with BÖCs decision to get back to being BÖC rather than trying to write with the commercial hit machine in mind, brought 1980s critically acclaimed Cultösaurus Erectus. This album brought home the fact that Blue Öyster Cult, always a little off the beaten path, were best to follow their own path rather than imitate someone elses.
Also on the Fire album was Burnin For You, a song Buck had written with a R. Meltzer lyric and was intended for inclusion on his solo album, which hed been wanting to do as an outlet for the music hed written that didnt fit as a Blue Öyster Cult song. Although the Burnin demo is the song that secured the deal for him to make his solo record, Pearlman convinced him to put the song on the Fire album, and it subsequently became the bands next hit single. The song reached the top 40, and propelled BÖC once more into the publics stream of conciousness. However, big changes were in store for the band. During the supporting tour for this record, founding member and creative wunderkind Albert Bouchard was dismissed. There had been a lot of problems at the time, and Alberts indulgences and outlandish behaviour was beginning to affect his work. Ultimately on the U.K. leg of the tour, after Albert turned up late at two consecutive shows (and forcing the band to go on with lighting designer Rick Downey filling in) the band decided that it would be better for all involved to send Albert home, and complete the remaining dates with a different drummer. Downey filled in for the remainder of the tour, and Albert went back to New York. When the band returned home, they decided to make the split permanent. The band felt they could no longer work with him, although Alberts creativity, his skill at arranging and composition, his boundless energy and prolific songwriting would be sorely missed.