|One of the original rock critics, Richard Meltzer began his career as a writer doing articles for Crawdaddy magazine and has published many books. His first, "The Aesthetics of Rock" was reprinted some years ago, and is readily available. It is (to say the least) a unique diatribe on music, and mentions the members of BÖC in several places, as well as having a photo of Soft White Underbelly.
In the '70s Meltzer left New York and settled in Los Angeles, where he formed the band Vom, and, as "Mr. Vom" was lead singer and chief lyricist. In 1978 they put out a six-song 7" EP called "Live at Surf City." Some of those songs can be found performed by the Angry Samoans on "Live at Rhino Records" and videos of Vom are found on "The Angry Samoans -- True Documentary" (available thru CD Now)
Meltzer has now relocated to Oregon, and continues writing. His latest works include the books "L.A. is the Capital of Kansas," "The Night (Alone)" and the video "Rhymes With Seltzer: Richard Meltzer Reads Some Stuff." He is also a regular columnist for "Addicted to Noise" magazine.
Richard Meltzer Bibliography
|Sandy Pearlman's contributions to Blue Öyster Cult are innumerable. He was there from the beginning, groomed the formative band for label-readiness, became their manager, produced their records, supplied lyrical content and concept, and more.
Pearlman got his start writing for "Crawdaddy" and other publications. Along with Richard Meltzer, he was one of the first "rock critics" and is credited with applying the term "heavy metal" to the music that now bears that label. Through that, he made lots of useful contacts that eventually led to his growing music business career.
Pearlman's influence is strongly present in the first four records, but began to diminish after the Agents of Fortune album, and eventually he parted ways with the band for good.
Pearlman now is Vice President of Media and Artist Development for GoodNoise Corporation, a new record company, and produces bands out of a studio in Northern California.
Sandy Pearlman Discography
|Rock Priestess, poet, artist, musician and writer Patti Smith became involved with Blue Öyster Cult by meeting Allen Lanier in the early '70s. They started a relationship, and Patti often contributed lyrics for the band to use.
With Allen's encouragement, Patti began experimenting with doing music of her own, and the seminal Patti Smith Group was born. Constant touring by both parties led to the eventual breakup of Allen and Patti, but poetry that Patti contributed to BÖC still would occasionally pop up on a BÖC record.
Patti has published many books of poetry and prose throughout the years. In 1979 she left the music business behind to raise a family, but has recently returned to both the studio and the road.
Patti Smith Discography / Bibliography
|Helen "Wheels" Robbins
|Singer/Songwriter Helen Wheels has been a longtime presence in the New York music scene. She met Albert Bouchard early in his career and wrote many lyrics for the band, which both Albert and Joe wrote songs for. From the late '70s through the '80s, she fronted the Helen Wheels band, and they recorded one album, released in 1981. She has another new record on the way.
Helen Wheels Discography
|Murray Krugman was a product manager at Columbia Records, and is the person to whom Sandy Pearlman brought the BÖC demo when he was shopping them for a deal. Krugman helped secure the band its critical audition for then-Columbia Records president Clive Davis. He co-managed and produced the band with Sandy Pearlman and contributed ideas for the songs. "Agents of Fortune" was titled by Murray Krugman.
Krugman currently produces records for Silverwolf Records in Vermont.
Murray Krugman Discography
|Thanks to David Lucas, there was a demo tape to be played for record labels. Lucas met the band at the infamous Camp Swan Lake gig, and was so impressed with the group that he offered his eight track jingle studio for them to record a demo. In return, the band recorded the first album there.
Lucas' ideas and studio expertise were admired by the band, and they kept him involved throughout much of their recording career. David Lucas sings the backup vocals on "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" on both "Agents of Fortune" and "Cult Classic."
David Lucas still records jingles and bands in Florida.
David Lucas Discography
|John Trivers &
|One of the members of Eric Bloom's band-before-BÖC, Lost and Found, bass player John Trivers has worked on and off with Eric for many years.
Trivers has had a very successful musical career. After Lost and Found, he played for Broadway shows such as "Grease," during which he met and married fellow musician Liz Myers. They relocated to Los Angeles and started a music and jingle business which became extremely successful.
Trivers / Myers Music operates out of Los Angeles.
|Novelist Michael Moorcock is a very well known Science Fiction author. He got involved with BÖC when Eric contacted him with what amounts to a fan letter. Moorcock wrote back, admitting that he was quite a fan of Blue Öyster Cult, and through their correspondence decided to collaborate with Eric on some songs. Moorcock mailed potential lyrics to Eric, and those inspired the fan-favorites "Black Blade," "The Great Sun Jester" and "Veteran of the Psychic Wars."
A unique event occurred in 1987 at the Atlanta, GA Dragoncon Convention (a sci-fi convention), when Eric and Moorcock took to the stage together and performed "Blade" and "Veteran" backed up by a local rock band.
Moorcock also has written lyrics for the band Hawkwind, and released a record with his own band as well.
Michael Moorcock Bibliography / Discography
|Poet Jim Carroll became acquainted with Allen through their mutual friend with Patti Smith. Carroll, best known for his book "The Basketball Diaries" also had a compelling rock band in the early '80s, The Jim Carroll Band. Allen co-wrote and played on several songs on those records, as well as sitting in with the band on several NYC-area shows, and on an appearance of the band on the short-lived "Fridays" television show. Since then, Carroll has written numerous books of prose and poems, and tours frequently on the spoken word circuit.
Jim Carroll Bibliography / Discography / Filmography
|Ian Hunter is a well-known rock 'n' roller - He was the lead singer for Mott the Hoople from 1969 - 1975 and then began a long solo career that often included work with storied guitarist Mick Ronson. Hunter left his native England after leaving Mott the Hoople, and settled in New York, not too far from Eric Bloom. Eric suggested that they try writing some songs together, so Hunter came over, and, as Eric tells it, they "opened a bottle of Port, and had "Goin' Through the Motions" two hours later." Hunter's band opened for BÖC on a number of occasions, and he made a cameo appearance singing "Goin' Through the Motions" with them at two shows, one in 1978 and one in 1979. Eric makes a cameo on Hunter's album "You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic" singing backup vocals on "Ships" and "Cleveland Rocks."
Ian Hunter Bibliography / Discography
|Ronald Binder was a Helen Wheels fan who found himself hanging around and helping out as Studio Errand Boy during the '76 - '78 recording sessions. He contributed several lyrics to BÖC, and several were demoed by Albert, but only one appeared on record. He was once voted "Punk of the Month" in John Holmstrom's famed "PUNK" magazine. He was also credited with "starting the war with KISS" by revealing the band member's real names to fans.
|Canadian guitarist Aldo Nova had a short but successful solo recording career in the early '80s, and has found even more success recently as a producer. Nova opened most of BÖC's tour in 1982, and shared the recording studio at the same time as BÖC. Nova contributed most of the music for "Take Me Away" to go with Eric's lyric.
Nova now produces and writes for Celine Dion and others.
Aldo Nova Discography
|Science Fiction writer and musician John Shirley is responsible for most of the lyrics on "Heaven Forbid." His musical career has included fronting several punk bands, and a CD release last year of his new band, The Panther Moderns. One of the first cyberpunk authors, he has written many hi-tech sci-fi novels and screenplays for movies and television.
He has always been a big fan of BÖC, and a few years ago he sent some lyrics to Buck and Eric. They liked them, so he ended up sending them many more, which became the basis for the new record.
Shirley's latest book is a collection of short stories, called "Black Butterflies" and is available now at bookstores.
John Shirley Bibliography/Discography
|Drummer Neal Smith was a founding member of the Alice Cooper Group and played on 6 albums with Alice. After Alice jettisoned his band, Smith and the remaining members went on as the Billion Dollar Babies, recording one album. In 1988, Neal Smith and his Cooper Group cohort bassist Dennis Dunaway joined forces again with Joe Bouchard to form Deadringer. They recorded one album, "Electrocution of the Heart" on Grudge Records.
Currently Smith is the very successful "Rock 'n' Realtor" specializing in New England Estates.
Neal Smith Discography
|Eric Van Lustbader
|Novelist Eric Van Lustbader came to Eric's attention after having read his book, "The Ninja." Before publication of that he had worked as a publicist for CBS Records, and worked with Arthur Levy. Much like the collaboration with Michael Moorcock, Eric contacted Van Lustbader, and with his help, created the song "Shadow Warrior" (which is what "Ninja" translates to from the Japanese).
Van Lustbader has written many novels most of which revolve around the martial arts.
Eric Van Lustbader Bibliography
|Gregg Winter is a Long Island songwriter and musician who contributed several songs to one of Eric's side projects, 1984's Bloom/Cannata with Richie Cannata of Billy Joel fame. Winter's "Eyes On Fire" was one of the Bloom/Canata band's songs, and at the terminus of that project, the song was picked up by Blue Öyster Cult.
|Bob Halligan, Jr.
|Songwriter Bob Halligan Jr. has had his songs recorded a plethora of artists. Brother of Blood, Sweat and Tears' Dick Halligan, Bob Halligan Jr. landed a publishing deal to write songs for United Artists. After getting a couple songs on a Judas Priest album, Halligan began to write songs for lots of other hard rock acts. BÖC's management knew Halligan's management, and when the call was put out for material for "Club Ninja," Halligan proffered up three songs for BÖC's consideration. "Beat 'Em Up" was also recorded by Canadian artist Lee Aaron on her "Call of the Wild" LP.
Halligan currently fronts the Celtic-influenced band Ceili Rain in Nashville.
Bob Halligan, Jr. Discography
|The Leggatt Bros.
|In the early '80s, Hugh and Gordon Leggatt had a band named Leggat, and their 1982 "Illuminations" album (Capitol Records) included the song "White Flags." Later, the brothers' songwriting talents were brought to the attention of Sandy Pearlman by ATV Canada, their publisher. Pearlman, who was working with 415 Records at the time, considered them for signing to the label. That didn't end up happening, but "White Flags" was picked to be recorded again by Blue Öyster Cult for the "Club Ninja" album.
Hugh Leggatt is a veteran of many bands, including Nucleus and A Foot In Cold Water. Hugh & Gordon formed Private Eye in 1979 and released one album.
Leggatt Brothers Discography
|Don Waller is a well-known writer whose work has appeared in innumerable music and music industry publications, including "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." He was a big fan, and met them through fellow writer and Angry Samoan Gregg Turner. He wrote the lyric for "This Ain't The Summer of Love" and offered it to BÖC.
Waller is still very active as a music writer and reviewer.
|A one-time amateur roadie for the band, Harry Farcas was also a folky-style guitarist, and helped write "Redeemed."
Farcas is now an iridologist in Southern California.
|Grammy-nominated songwriter Larry Gottlieb is a well-known country songwriter, having penned songs for Trisha Yearwood, Kim Richey and Kevin Montgomery, as well as penning "Dancin' in the Ruins" with Jason Scanlon. The song came to BÖC through the publisher, and was recorded for "Club Ninja."
Larry Gottlieb Discography
|Blotto was a crazy comedic band from upstate New York, whose claim to fame was their hilarious video "Metal Head." While Blotto was recording their "Combo Akimbo" record, they met Buck Dharma, who was recording "Flat Out" at the same studio. Blotto asked Buck to lend a hand and he recorded the guitar solo on "Metal Head" (and later made a cameo appearance in the video).
Blotto still plays an occasional date in and around upstate New York.
|Dick Trismen wrote the lyrics to Club Ninja's "Madness To The Method" and "Here Comes That Feeling" (on Curse of the Hidden Mirror). Originally from central New Jersey, Dick met Buck Dharma when both were living in Stamford, CT in the early '80s. Buck suggested that they write some songs together after seeing Dick's band play an original set in a local club. Buck also produced and played on several Dick Trismen recordings (see www.dicktrismen.com). Today Dick lives in Massachusetts, is still writing songs, and is a music software designer for Mark of the Unicorn, Inc. He is the designer of "FreeStyle," a MIDI sequencing program that won the Best Audio Software award from MacWorld magazine in 1998.
|Bryan Neumeister's Skymeister Film Productions has had a hand in innumerable films, television shows and advertisements. Neumeister became acquainted with Eric Bloom. Eric came to his studio, and with John Shirley's lyrics, the two of them wrote "Eye of the Hurricane" and "I Just Like to be Bad" from Curse of the Hidden Mirror. For more about Skymeister, see http://www.skymeister.com/BOC.htm