Hitmakers: The songwriting secrets of Blue Oyster Cult's (Don't Fear) The Reaper

George Garner

At the time of writing (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, we didn’t have a Top 40 chart hit. We were not that kind of band, we always considered ourselves an album band. Reaper was the first song I wrote when the band had bought four track recorders, which had just become available. For the first time we could overdub at home like you could in the studio! I thought we had something with the song in terms of FM airplay, I ...

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