The rock band Blue Öyster Cult was formed in New York in 1967. The current lineup includes Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Richie Castellano, Danny Miranda, and Jules Radino. The band is mostly known for such songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Burnin’ For You”, and “Shooting Shark”.
In its early career years, the band Blue Oyster Cult was popular for its “Black Sabbath” style riffs and mystic lyrics. They created a notion of intellectual heavy metal. Such interesting song names as “A Kiss Before The Redap" и "OD'd On Life Itself" created a certain strange half-occult and half-biker image, which was appealing to many listeners.
By 1968, the group had sufficient materials ready to create a debut album with Elektra Records. However, the release was delayed since one of the members left. That year, Eric Bloom, who used to be a sound producer, joined the band and the studio work continued.
Next year, the band put up a failing performance at Fillmore East Festival. Musicians decided to change the group’s name. It went from Soft White Underbelly to Oaxaca to Stalk-Forrest Group. With the new name, the artists started recording new songs. None of them seemed good enough for release until the band came up with "What Is Quicksand?"