Godzilla (song)

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"Godzilla"
Godzilla Single (Japan).jpg
Japan single picture sleeve
Single by Blue Öyster Cult
from the album Spectres
B-side"Nosferatu"
Released
  • November 1977 (1977-11) (album)
  • February 1978 (single)
Recorded1977
Genre
Length3:41
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Donald Roeser a.k.a. Buck Dharma
Producer(s)
Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology
"Goin' Through the Motions"
(1977)
"Godzilla"
(1977)
"We Gotta Get out of This Place"
(1978)

"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[4] 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.[5]

In 2019, over 40 years after the song's original release, a cover of the song was included in the credits of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, marking the first usage of the song in a Godzilla film.

Misheard Lyrics[edit]

Lyrics websites such as SongMeanings.com[6], MetroLyrics[7], have the phrase "points out" in the last verse of the song. The phrase, in actuality, is "points up".

This is the last verse of the song per Blue Öyster Cult's website[8]:

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of men
Godzilla!

Parodies[edit]

In response to the song's absence from the 1998 Godzilla soundtrack, Blue Öyster Cult members Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma created their own parody called "NoZilla",[9] released only to radio stations.

A parody called "Chinchilla" was sung by fictional character Donnie Baker (played by comedian Ron Sexton) in his familiar Kentuckiana accent on the Bob & Tom Show.

In other media[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godzilla at AllMusic
  2. ^ Milward, John (December 15, 1977). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult has longevity going for it (with Eric Bloom Interview)". Reno.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult recorded & performed cover versions: Other Bands Cover BÖC". Blue Öyster Cult.
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla Lyrics".
  7. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla Lyrics".
  8. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres - Godzilla".
  9. ^ NoZilla (rare radio-only single) - Blue Öyster Cult on YouTube