Blue Oyster Cult still needs a ticket for 'Godzilla'
By Naughty Mickie

Blue Oyster CultWith a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high tension wires down

Helpless people on a subway train
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh no, they say he's got to go go go Godzilla
Oh no, there goes Tokyo go go Godzilla

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

- “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult

When I heard that one of the movies set to kick-off the summer was a new version of "Godzilla," I immediately thought of classic rockers, Blue Oyster Cult. In 1977, they released the song, “Godzilla,” on their album, “Spectres” (Columbia). It never appeared in any films featuring the angry radiated lizard-monster, but was featured in movies like, “Detroit Rock City,” “Dogtown” and “Z-Boys,” as well as in television shows, commercials, video games and compliation recordings. The tune has been covered by musicians such as Racer X, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sebastian Bach. It has also been parodied by several artists, however, most notably by Blue Oyster Cult members Eric Bloom and Donald Roesser, who did it as “NoZilla” in response its being left out of the 1998 “Godzilla” film soundtrack.

“I’m a huge fan of the original ‘Godzilla’ movie and all of the Toho monster movies, everything that came out of Japan through the ‘60s and up to the ‘70s,” Donald Roesser said.

Roesser, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for Blue Oyster Cult, penned the still-popular song.

“I spontaneously wrote the guitar lick in a hotel room in Dallas and it made me think of Godzilla and the rest was just trying to get enough words to talk about the subject,” Roesser explained.

Roesser made a demo of "Godzilla" on a four-track recorder and took it to the band. The members kept true to the song’s base, filling it out as needed.

Blue Oyster CultWhat was so compelling about "Godzilla" to prompt Roesser to write about the creature?

“The nifty thing about the original ‘Godzilla’ film was it was a Japanese film and when it was released in America they got Raymond Burr to overdub his role. He didn’t appear in the original movies and they created some scenes where standins for some of the Japanese characters had their backs to him and he would talk to them, they basically inserted him into the movie,” shared Roesser.

Roesser continues, “Ironically there’s been two Godzilla movies made in the last 15 years and neither one of them have used the song, which was a chagrin to me personally, but I understand it since our ‘Godzilla’ song is almost whimsical and sort of affectionate with the idea of Godzilla and the latest two movies have tried to present Godzilla as something terrifying."

Unfortunately, the latest "Godzilla" film has also passed on Blue Oyster Cult's classic tune. Roesser believes that this might be due to the fact that the movie depicts humans as seeing Godzilla for the first time, whereas his song supposes that people are already familiar with the monster.

“I think it’s too bad that there wasn’t some ironic usage of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Godzilla’ that could have been done for that movie or a credit roll, but that’s the way it goes. In today’s music business, movies are one of the few usages where you still actually get paid,” Roesser said. “I’m still going to see the new ‘Godzilla’ movie. It looks really good from the trailer, so I’ll definitely go see it.”

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