Don't Fear the Reaper on the Vinyl Version

Blue Öyster Cult’s first hit, this was written by lead guitarist Donald Roeser, also known as Buck Dharma. This was rumored to be about suicide, but it actually deals with the inevitability of death and the belief that we should not fear it. When Dharma wrote it, he was thinking about what would happen if he died at a young age and if he would be reunited with loved ones in the afterlife. It’s basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners.”

the lyrics were inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. Romeo swallows poison when he believes Juliet is dead. Juliet responds by taking her own life. This led many people to believe the song was about suicide, but Dharma was using Romeo and Juliet as an example of a couple who had faith that they would be together after their death.

There really is a Bruce Dickinson but he didn’t produce this song that was David Lucas who really did play the hell out of that cowbell.

Bruce Dickinson is an archivist who works on album reissues, which means gathering master tapes to ensure the best sound quality. Bruce Dickenson is credited as the reissue producer on a later version of the album, which apparently is how he was named in the sketch.
David Lucas says the cowbell was his idea, as the song “needed some momentum.” He grabbed a cowbell from a nearby recording studio and “just played four on the floor… not hard to do.”

David Lucas did not have a fever that day in the studio he just felt the song need more cowbell

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