Current pop culture may only remember Blue Öyster Cult from the now classic "more cowbell" skit from TV's Saturday Night Live, but BOC were in fact an important and prolific rock band with heavy progressive leanings. They were very relevant in the '70s and even had ties to the NYC punk scene. Deep ties: Allen Lanier dated Patti Smith for a bit. Keyboardist/guitarist Lanier had been with BOC since it formed as Soft White Underbelly in 1967, retiring from the group in 2006 and missing only a couple years in the mid-'80s. Lanier died of chronic obstructed pulmonary disease; he was only 67.
When I was a lad learning to play the drums, I was in a "band" with a hopeful guitar player, Brent, who was obsessed with BOC. We spent many Saturday afternoons playing most of their '70s catalog, including the "cowbell song."