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Fire of Unknown Origin

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Released  July 1981 (1981-07)
Artist  Blue Öyster Cult
Producer  Martin Birch
Length  39:06
Release date  July 1981
Label  Columbia Records
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Recorded  Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York The Automatt, San Francisco, California, 1981
Fire of Unknown Origin (1981)  Extraterrestrial Live (1982)
Genres  Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock, Album-oriented rock, Traditional heavy metal
Similar  Blue Öyster Cult albums, Rock music albums

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Fire of Unknown Origin is the eighth album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1981. It was produced by Martin Birch.


The album, which included the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You" (#1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart) represented a resurgence of the group's commercial standing after two albums with disappointing sales. Fire of Unknown Origin would be the final studio LP featuring the band's original lineup until 1988's Imaginos; during the subsequent tour, the band fired original drummer Albert Bouchard.

The album continues BÖC's tendency to write quirky songs, from the title track (featuring lyrics by Patti Smith) to "Joan Crawford". Many of the songs were intended for the soundtrack of the animated film Heavy Metal, such as "Vengeance (The Pact)", whose lyrics follow in detail the plot of the "Taarna" segment of the movie. However, only the song "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" (which, ironically, was not written for Heavy Metal), co-written by science fiction author Michael Moorcock, ended up in the film's final version and soundtrack.

The album's closing track, "Don't Turn Your Back", marks Allen Lanier's final songwriting contribution to Blue Öyster Cult; it was played live by the group for the first time on June 17, 2016, at a special concert highlighting Lanier's music.

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Band members
  • Eric Bloom – vocals, guitar, bass on track 5
  • Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser – lead guitar, vocals, percussion on track 3, bass and sound effects on track 8
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, synthesizer, vocals, mixing (uncredited)
  • Additional musicians
  • Karla DeVito – background vocals on track 4
  • Sandy Jean – background vocals on track 9
  • Bill Civitella, Tony Cedrone – additional percussion on track 3
  • Jesse Levy – string arrangements on tracks 3 and 8
  • Production
  • Martin Birch – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Clay Hutchinson – engineer
  • Paul Stubblebine – mastering
  • Greg Scott – album artwork
  • Songs

    1Fire of Unknown Origin4:11
    2Burnin' for You4:31
    3Veteran of The Psychic Wars4:50


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