Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

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206 – Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (1976)
Written by Buck Dharma
Produced by David Lucas, Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman
Label – Columbia

Buck Dharma has stated that the opening riff and driver of the song came to him in about five minutes. The main content has a gentle breezy Byrds style, allied with the most incredible, almost menacing guitar led instrumental guitar section, and of course the famous “more cowbell”. If the lovers inevitable demise had a soundtrack, then this would be the grand finale.

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