Thirty seven years ago this month, Blue Öyster Cult released their second LP: Tyranny and Mutation. I'm sure many a high culture hipster is now rolling his or her eyes in a head suddenly filled with visions of acid washed denim, mullet-cut wearing dudes flanked by chicks who wished they looked like Elvira. And maybe that's as fair as anything else considering BÖC's eventualy foray into cartoon territory like the song Godzilla. But at the time of Tyranny and Mutation, the boys were still singing cryptic, bizarre, surreal and somehow almost soulful heavy metal songs such as The Red and The Black. And, baby, if it's good enough for the Minutemen, it's good enough for me. Note that while many a punk/indie band would cover '70's metal from a position of irony, I think these guys were covering this song (as they often did live, too) out of a pure love for the tune. In fact, Mike Watt did the song live when I saw him last year in Lancaster, PA. So put that in your "Vecka" and "timest" it, yo.