Godzilla (song)

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

"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,[3] 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 and Fighting Gravity.[4]


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",[5] 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]



  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. ^ "Blue Oyster Cult has longevity going for it (with Eric Bloom Interview)". Reno.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult recorded & performed cover versions: Other Bands Cover BÖC". Blue Öyster Cult.
  5. ^ NoZilla (rare radio-only single) - Blue Öyster Cult on YouTube