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    Album: "Agents Of Fortune" (1976.)
    Charts: US #12, UK #16.

    After all the years, I still love this song to bits. It's twisted and cute at the same time with that psychedelic 70's touch. One of my all-time favourites.

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    I love this song too. In the Uk it was released in 1978.

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    • #3
      Great song One of my favourite classic rock tunes.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by johnnyboy
        I love this song too. In the Uk it was released in 1978.
        That should be re-released.
        The above cover depicts the UK single released in July of 1976 (CBS 4483).
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        • #5
          Well, it wasn't ahit until 1978 then.

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          • #6
            Great song, never heard it before
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            • #7
              Great song, I discovered it last year after hearing it on an episode of Six Feet Under.

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              • #8
                Great song
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                • #9
                  Classic song, but classic rock overplaying has hurt it a bit. I prefer "Burning For You".
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                  • #10
                    Great song.I like it.

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                    • #11
                      SNL did a skit with this song with Christopher Walken plays as the record producer and Will Ferrell playing the cowbell

                      One of the classic skits.

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                      • #12
                        This song makes them one-hit-wonders in the UK don't you know ;p


                        I call this 'driving home late at night down empty country roads' music. Feels very creepy when you do it.
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                        • #13
                          Great stuff!
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                          • #14
                            What caused the song to be such a belated UK hit? The usage in Halloween?
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                            • #15
                              Love this song. I remember hearing it for the first time when I watched Halloween. Astronomy is another great Blue Öyster Cult track.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Ruthymon
                                SNL did a skit with this song with Christopher Walken plays as the record producer and Will Ferrell playing the cowbell

                                One of the classic skits.
                                "It needs more cowbell!"

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                                • #17
                                  US Billboard Charts (09/11/2019)

                                  ROCK DIGITAL SONG SALES
                                  16 Re-Entry 6 (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult ( 16 ) Columbia

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by NothingFails View Post
                                    What caused the song to be such a belated UK hit? The usage in Halloween?
                                    DFTR was a hit here in May 1978; Halloween was released in the USA late '78 and the UK early '79 - so that can't be the reason....

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