The name Blue Öyster Cult came from a poem written by their manager. The band’s manager Sandy Perlman originally came up with the band’s first name of “Soft White Underbelly”. He also provided them with song lyrics from his own poetry. A bad review at a Fillmore east show caused them to look for a new name. The name Blue Öyster Cult was part of Perlman’s poetry. In the poem, the “Blue Oyster Cult” was a group of aliens who had assembled to secretly guide Earth’s history. At first, The band didn’t like the name, but settled for it, in order to start recording. The addition of the umlaut over the O was suggested a short time later. It was reportedly to enhance the German Wagnerian aspect of their music. Other bands later used the umlaut in their own names but with their debut self titled album, Blue Öyster Cult became the first.
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