On Your Feet Or On Your Knees is the name of a Blue Öyster Cult live album from the Seventies. While not provided as an option, I spent most of my time at the show on my ass, occasionally getting up to boogie.
I did a post a while back on Blue Öyster Cult’s first album. BOC is pretty much my favorite heavy metal band. Maybe not as heavy as, say, Metallica but pretty fucking heavy.
The one and only time I saw them was, well, quite a few years ago. (With Slade. I was Slade’s only fan in America, near as I can tell.) As I mentioned in that previous post, original guitarists Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom are still very much with the band and are a great duo. I have missed one opportunity after the other to see the band and when I heard they were coming I was determined to catch up with them.
They played at the Tupelo Music Hall up in New Hampshire which – with its combination of rock, blues, and jazz – has become one of my go-to places for good music. They can rearrange the front of the auditorium to either be tables or chairs. In this case, it was a bunch of very squeezed together chairs so we were all very, very cozy.
The current iteration of the band consists of Dharma (real name Donald Roeser), Bloom, Danny Miranda (bass), Richie Castellano (keyboards), Jules Radino (drums.) And I’m happy to report that these guys came out smokin’.
The thing you should know about BOC is that even though they play hard rock and heavy metal, they are not some fucking hair band, there’s no pyro, no posing, no attitude, no “Thank you Cleveland,” no “Do you wanna rock?” no bullshit. (And yet a certain amount of cowbell.) These boys came to play. I recorded a few tunes; one is a studio riff I’ll get to.
First up – “Buck’s Boogie,” a hot instrumental I hadn’t heard in years and years:
BOC had a nice hit in the early ’80s with “Burnin’ For You.” For some reason, I find it very satisfying to know that Elvis’ daughter covered this song. I like this tune and had it going around and around in my head for days after. Enjoy the dude behind me singing. He sure did:
I couldn’t get a good live version of this song “ME 262.” But I’m featuring it because it’s a great, rockin’ Chuck Berryish tune. I like to think it’s their tribute to Music Enthusiast (ME) and either his age or his IQ depending on how charitable you’re feeling towards him at any point in time.
“Must they live that I might die?”
One more from the highly expensive, intricate and semi-accurate camera phone of Your Humble Correspondent. My favorite BOC song, “Before the Kiss, A Redcap,” a story about a bar and, well, you can read a little bit about it in that other post:
The Red & the Black
Before the Kiss, a Redcap
Dancin’ in the Ruins
Burnin’ for You
E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
Then Came the Last Days of May
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Golden Age of Leather
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll