(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult

Possibly the first cover version posted on SteveForTheDeaf. I could check. I’m not going to. When posted in those early days it was the uber-thick matt painted broad black eyeliner strokes of H.I.M. Still one of my favourite covers ever. But today is about going back to the well. That cover only works as well as it does if you know the original.

Yeah yeah more cowbell and all that but come on! Don’t Fear The Reaper Baby! Actually the idea of a Reaper Baby is pretty scary. Like a mix of Chucky and The Seventh Seal. So maybe do fear the Reaper Baby but (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Brackets or not.

Those hippy ‘Ahhh Laaa Laaa Laaa Laaas’ wash over that staccato guitar line for a groovy couple of minutes before it all gets a bit primitive rock! “Seasons don’t fear the Reaper, nor do the wind or the sun and the rain” What a concept for a young mind to sit and take on board. This song is often lumped in with lots of classic heavy rock. It’s much softer and more reflective than most of the other tracks on Ultimate Dad Rock Volume 7. You know the one. It’s sold at motorway service stations with the exploding stratocaster in a ball of fire on it’s sleeve. That solo is almost Eastern in it’s tuning. It’s got a whiff of Moroccan about it in more ways than one.

“We could be like they are”

Come on Baby!

Number Two of The Ten Most Bestest Songs Ever (not already posted on SFTD but somehow already posted… But as a cover version… Only now they’re the original versions… or 10MBSE(NAPOSFTDBSAPBACVONTTOV) for short.

“Here but now you’re gone” ….. Almost

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult


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