|Song by Blue Öyster Cult from the album Spectres|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Writer||Buck Dharma, Richard Meltzer|
|Producer||Blue Öyster Cult
|Spectres track listing|
"Godzilla" is a song by Blue Öyster Cult from their fifth album, Spectres. The lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the popular movie monster of the same name. The song is, along with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Burnin' for You", one of Blue Öyster Cult's best known songs and has become a staple of their live performances. It has been covered by bands such as Racer X, Fu Manchu, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sebastian Bach and Fighting Gravity.
The spoken words (in Japanese) during the interlude translate to:
"Receiving breaking news! (臨時ニュースを申し上げます！ Rinji nyūsu o mōshiagemasu!?)
Receiving breaking news! (臨時ニュースを申し上げます！ Rinji nyūsu o mōshiagemasu!?)
Godzilla is headed towards the Ginza area! (ゴジラが銀座の方に向っています！ Gojira ga Ginza no hō ni mukatteimasu!?)
Please seek shelter as soon as possible! (大至急、避難してください Daishikyū, hinan shite kudasai!?)
Please seek shelter as soon as possible! (大至急、避難してください Daishikyū, hinan shite kudasai!?)"
In response to the song's lack of inclusion anywhere in the 1998 Godzilla soundtrack, Blue Öyster Cult members Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma created their own parody called "NoZilla". The song was only released to radio stations.
In other media
- The song can be heard in films such as Detroit Rock City, and Dogtown and Z-Boys.
- It was featured in an episode of Nip/Tuck.
- A cover version was featured in Guitar Hero. The master track is featured in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, and as downloadable content for the Rock Band series.
- The chorus was used in a car commercial for AutoTrader.com, featuring a giant man grabbing cars out of dealerships to compare them.
- It is included in numerous compilations, including The Heavy Metal Box box set.
- It was sometimes played during New York Yankees home games when then-Yankee Hideki Matsui came up to bat, as his nickname since his days in Japan has been "Godzilla".
- It was used in promos for Godzilla movie marathons on TNT's MonsterVision and the Sci-Fi Channel during the 1990s.
- It is featured on a Paper Jamz guitar.
- Thunderpuss 2000 has remixed the song in several different ways, including a Radio Mix (03:13), Extended Mix (05:25), Atomic Funky Dub (05:27), and Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix (06:12)
- Akira Yamaoka, featuring vocals by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, covered the song for the closing credits of Julia X 3D, released in 2011.
- American jam band moe. has covered the song in concert numerous times.
- 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.
- "Blue Öyster Cult recorded & performed cover versions: OTHER BANDS COVER BÖC". Blue Öyster Cult.
- NoZilla (rare radio-only single) - Blue Öyster Cult on YouTube