Shooting Shark

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"Shooting Shark"
Shooting Shark.jpg
UK 12" single cover
Single by Blue Öyster Cult
from the album The Revölution by Night
Released February 1984
Format
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:20 (single edit)
7:07 (album version)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology
"Take Me Away"
(1983)
"Shooting Shark"
(1984)
"Perfect Water"
(1985)

"Take Me Away"
(1983)
"Shooting Shark"
(1984)
"Perfect Water"
(1985)
Music video
"Shooting Shark" on YouTube

"Shooting Shark" is a song by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, appearing on the band's ninth album The Revölution by Night. Written by guitarist/vocalist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser with lyrics inspired by a Patti Smith poem, the song features a synthesizer-heavy pop sound mixed with rock elements. The song features Randy Jackson on bass, who would later go on to become a judge on American Idol from 2002–2013.[1]

"Shooting Shark" was a modest success, peaking at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Reception[edit]

AllMusic reviewer William Ruhlmann picked the song as an Allmusic reviewer's pick.[3] Errol Somay of Rolling Stone noted the song's saxophone solo, stating it "remind[s] us that Blue Oyster Cult are capable songwriters at both ends of the rock & roll Richter scale".[4]

Track listing[edit]

American 7" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith4:20
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dragon Lady"Broadway Blotto, Roeser4:04
American 12" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark" (Edit)Roeser, Smith4:20
2."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith7:07
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Take Me Away"Eric Bloom, Aldo Nova4:26
2."Eyes On Fire"Gregg Winter3:54
European 7" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith4:20
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Feel the Thunder"Bloom5:47
UK 12" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark" (Extended Version)Roeser, Smith7:07
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dragon Lady"Blotto, Roeser4:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US (Billboard Hot 100) 83[5]
US (Billboard Mainstream Rock) 16[6]
UK (Official Charts Company) 97[7]

Personnel[edit]

Blue Öyster Cult
Additional musicians

References[edit]