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)
Recorded 1977
Genre
Length 3:41
Label Columbia
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 the tenth single by American hard rock band 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. 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 Blue Öyster Cult's best-known songs and has become a staple of their live performances. It has been covered by bands such as moe., Racer X, Fu Manchu, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sebastian Bach and Fighting Gravity.[4]

Parodies

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

  • The song can be heard in the films Detroit Rock City and Dogtown and Z-Boys.
  • Over a minute of the song was used for a promo for the Godzilla marathons that aired on TNT in the early 1990's.
  • It was featured in an episode of Nip/Tuck.
  • The chorus was used in a car commercial for AutoTrader.com, featuring a giant man grabbing cars out of dealerships to compare them.
  • The song was used as the theme song for Robosaurus in 2013 and 2014.
  • This song was the featured walk-up song for Major League Baseball player, Hideki Matsui.

Personnel

References

  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
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