Shooting Shark

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"Shooting Shark"
Shooting Shark.jpg
UK 12" single cover
Single by Blue Öyster Cult
from the album The Revölution by Night
ReleasedFebruary 1984
Format
GenrePop rock
Length4:20 (single edit)
7:07 (album version)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn
Blue Öyster Cult singles chronology
"Take Me Away"
(1983)
"Shooting Shark"
(1984)
"Perfect Water"
(1985)
Music video
Shooting Shark on YouTube

"Shooting Shark" is a song by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, appearing on the band's ninth album The Revölution by Night. Written by guitarist/vocalist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser with lyrics inspired by a Patti Smith poem, the song features a synthesizer-heavy pop sound mixed with rock elements; the song features Randy Jackson on bass, who would later go on to become a judge on American Idol from 2002–2013.[1]

"Shooting Shark" was a modest success, peaking at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] as well as #16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock (chart) chart.[3]

Reception[edit]

AllMusic reviewer William Ruhlmann picked the song as an Allmusic reviewer's pick.[4] Errol Somay of Rolling Stone noted the song's saxophone solo, stating it "remind[s] us that Blue Öyster Cult are capable songwriters at both ends of the rock & roll Richter scale".[5]

Track listing[edit]

American 7" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith4:20
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dragon Lady"Broadway Blotto, Roeser4:04
American 12" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark" (Edit)Roeser, Smith4:20
2."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith7:07
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Take Me Away"Eric Bloom, Aldo Nova4:26
2."Eyes On Fire"Gregg Winter3:54
European 7" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark"Roeser, Smith4:20
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Feel the Thunder"Bloom5:47
UK 12" single
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shooting Shark" (Extended Version)Roeser, Smith7:07
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dragon Lady"Blotto, Roeser4:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US (Billboard Hot 100) 83[6]
US (Billboard Mainstream Rock) 16[7]
UK (Official Charts Company) 97[8]

Personnel[edit]

Blue Öyster Cult
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randy Jackson is Leaving 'American Idol' After This Season. Retrieved May 5, 2018
  2. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Shooting Shark Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult Shooting Shark Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult The Revolution by Night review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Somay, Errol (1 March 1984). "Album Reviews: Blue Oyster Cult – The Revolution by Night". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Blue Öyster Cult". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "shooting shark | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 5, 2018.