"Godzilla" is a single by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, the first track from the band's fifth studio album Spectres. The lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the popular movie monster of the same name. Despite failing to chart, the song received significant airplay on rock radio stations and would go on to become a sleeper hit. The song is, along with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Burnin' for You," one of the band's best-known songs and has become a staple of its live performances. It has been covered by bands such as moe., Racer X, Fu Manchu, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sebastian Bach, Double Experience and Fighting Gravity.
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|Single by Blue Öyster Cult|
|from the album Spectres|
|Songwriter(s)||Donald Roeser a.k.a. Buck Dharma|
|Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology|
In 2019, over 40 years after the song's original release, a cover of the song was included in the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, marking the first usage of the song in a Godzilla film.
In other mediaEdit
- The song can be heard in the films Detroit Rock City and Dogtown and Z-Boys.
- Over a minute of the song was used for a promo for the Godzilla marathons that aired on TNT in the early 1990s.
- It was featured in an episode of Nip/Tuck.
- The chorus was used in a car commercial for AutoTrader.com, featuring a giant man grabbing cars out of dealerships to compare them.
- The song was used as the theme song for Robosaurus in 2013 and 2014.
- This song was the featured walk-up song for Major League Baseball player Hideki Matsui.
- A cover version of the song appears as a playable track in Guitar Hero. The master track is available as a playable song in Guitar Hero Smash Hits and as downloadable content for Rocksmith, as well as the Rock Band series.
- the demo version used a sountrack from the 2015 german-language dub version Guardians of The Lost Code.
- A cover version by Serj Tankian and composed by Bear McCreary is featured in the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- Godzilla at AllMusic
- Milward, John (December 15, 1977). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007.
- Kelly Boyer Sagert (1 January 2007). The 1970s. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-313-33919-6.
Meanwhile, Blue Oyster Cult released two of the decade's hard rock favorites: "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Godzilla.
- "Blue Oyster Cult has longevity going for it (with Eric Bloom Interview)". Reno.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
- "Blue Öyster Cult recorded & performed cover versions: Other Bands Cover BÖC". Blue Öyster Cult.
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