Club Ninja

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Club Ninja
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released December 1985 (1985-12)
Recorded Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
Boogie Hotel Studios, Port Jefferson, New York
Tallysin Studios, Syosset, New York
Warehouse Studios, New York City, 1985
Genre Hard rock, AOR
Length 44:26
Label Columbia
Producer Sandy Pearlman
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
The Revölution by Night
(1983)
Club Ninja
(1985)
Imaginos
(1988)
Singles from Club Ninja
  1. "Dancin' in the Ruins / Shadow Warrior"
    Released: October 1985
  2. "White Flags / Make Rock Not War"
    Released: December 1985
  3. "Perfect Water / Spy in the House of Night"
    Released: February 1986

Club Ninja is the tenth studio album by the U.S. hard rock group Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). The album was intended as a comeback for the band, whose previous album The Revölution by Night failed to attain Gold status following the success of 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin and 1982's Extraterrestrial Live. Club Ninja sold more than 175,000 copies, falling well short of gold status again, and because of its high cost, Columbia Records executives deemed it a commercial failure.[1] The album was re-issued on compact disc on March 10, 2009, by the Sony-owned reissue label American Beat Records, who had also reissued the band's subsequent 1988 album, Imaginos.

Club Ninja's first single, "Dancin' in the Ruins," was a minor radio and MTV hit. "When the War Comes" features a brief spoken-word introduction by radio personality Howard Stern, whose cousin was married to guitarist and vocalist Eric Bloom. The lyrics to "Spy in the House of the Night" were written by Richard Meltzer, originally based on his poem "Out of Smokes," which was published in his 1999 book "Holes."

Club Ninja is the only Blue Öyster Cult studio album not to feature keyboardist Allen Lanier. He was replaced temporarily by Tommy Zvoncheck, who'd previously been keyboardist for Aldo Nova's live band, for a Japanese tour by Public Image Ltd. and had already contributed to the initial recordings of Blue Öyster Cult's 1988 concept album Imaginos.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[3]
Sounds 5/5 stars[4]

Edwin Pouncey, reviewing the album for Sounds, gave it a five star rating, describing it as "a seemingly leaden slab of AOR which suddenly turns into gold in your hands", praising Sandy Pearlman's production.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "White Flags"   Leggatt Bros. 4:41
2. "Dancin' in the Ruins"   Larry Gottlieb, Jason Scanlon 4:00
3. "Make Rock Not War"   Bob Halligan Jr. 3:58
4. "Perfect Water"   Donald Roeser, Jim Carroll 5:31
5. "Spy in the House of the Night"   Roeser, Richard Meltzer 4:23
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Beat 'em Up"   Bob Halligan Jr. 3:24
7. "When the War Comes"   Joe Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman 6:02
8. "Shadow Warrior"   Eric Bloom, Roeser, Eric Van Lustbader 5:42
9. "Madness to the Method"   Roeser, Dick Trismen 7:25
Total length:
44:26

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Eric Bloom – stun guitar, lead vocals on 1, 3, 6, 8
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, keyboards, lead vocals on 2, 4, 5, 9, co-lead vocal on 7
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, guitar, co-lead vocal on 7
  • Tommy Zvoncheck – synthesizers, piano, organ
  • Jimmy Wilcox – percussion, background vocals
Additional musicians
Production
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer, management
  • Paul Mandl - engineer, overdubs editor, programming
  • John Devlin, Toby Scott - engineers
  • David Lucas - additional production
  • Brian McGee - mixing

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1986 Billboard 200 (North America)[5] 63
Swedish Album Chart[6] 41

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1986 "Dancin' in the Ruins" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (March 2009). "Club Ninja". Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed! (2 ed.). Toronto, Canada: Power Chord Press. p. 209. ISBN 0-9752807-0-8. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult Club Ninja review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  4. ^ a b Pouncey, Edwin (1985) "Blue Oyster Cult 'Club Ninja'", Sounds, 14 December 1985, p. 28
  5. ^ "Club Ninja Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult - Club Ninja (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Club Ninja Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-14.