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Cultösaurus Erectus is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1980. Following an experiment with a more-polished sound on the album Mirrors (released the previous year), this recording marked a return to the band's earlier, heavier sound. The first track, "Black Blade", features lyrics by fantasy and sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock and is about Stormbringer, a black sword wielded by Elric of Melniboné, the most famous character in Moorcock's mythology.

Cultösaurus Erectus
A dinosaur-like monster with long teeth and 5 eyes stands majestically in front of a mountain landscape.
Cover art by Richard Clifton-Dey
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1980 (1980-06-14)
StudioKingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York
ProducerMartin Birch
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Cultösaurus Erectus
Fire of Unknown Origin
Singles from Cultösaurus Erectus
  1. "Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan)" / "Divine Wind"
    Released: June 1980
  2. "Fallen Angel" / "Lips in the Hills"
    Released: July 1980
  3. "Deadline" / "Monsters"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[3]

This album also features the first collaboration with British producer Martin Birch (Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden), who would also produce the band's following album Fire of Unknown Origin in 1981. The riff to Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water", a song Birch helped record, is referenced in "The Marshall Plan" - a song not about the World War II scenario, but a reference to the amplifier manufacturer.

While the album did sell more than its predecessor, it stalled at Gold status. However, during this time Blue Öyster Cult was still filling large venues. The tour promoting Cultösaurus Erectus found the band co-headlining sports arenas in the United States with Black Sabbath as part of the Black and Blue Tour (see Black and Blue).

The album cover features a part of the painting Behemoth's World by British artist Richard Clifton-Dey. The cover art was also used for the 1991 video game Ork.


Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Black Blade"Eric Bloom, Michael Moorcock, John TriversBloom6:34
2."Monsters"Albert Bouchard, Caryn BouchardBloom5:10
3."Divine Wind"Donald RoeserBloom5:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
5."The Marshall Plan"Bloom, A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Allen Lanier, RoeserBloom5:24
6."Hungry Boys"A. Bouchard, C. BouchardA. Bouchard3:38
7."Fallen Angel"J. Bouchard, Helen WheelsJ. Bouchard3:11
8."Lips in the Hills"Bloom, Roeser, Richard MeltzerBloom4:24
9."Unknown Tongue"A. Bouchard, David RoterBloom3:55


Band members
Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard 200 (United States) 34[4]
UK Albums Chart 12[5]
RPM100 Albums (Canada) 77[6]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Davis, Robert. "Blue Öyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  4. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 33, No. 21, August 16, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 16 August 1980. Retrieved 2012-01-19.