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Fire Of Unknown Origin

  1. Fire Of Unknown Origin -- (J. Bouchard, P. Smith, E. Bloom, A. Bouchard, D. Roeser)
  2. Burnin' For You -- (D. Roeser, R. Meltzer)
  3. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars -- (E. Bloom, M. Moorcock)
  4. Sole Survivor -- (E. Bloom, J. Trivers, L. Myers)
  5. Heavy Metal: The Black And Silver -- (A. Bouchard, E. Bloom, S. Pearlman)
  6. Vengeance (The Pact) -- (A. Bouchard, J. Bouchard)
  7. After Dark -- (E. Bloom, J. Trivers, L. Myers)
  8. Joan Crawford -- (A. Bouchard, D. Roter, J. Rigg)
  9. Don't Turn Your Back -- (A. Lanier, D. Roeser, A. Bouchard)

Release Notes: Released in June 1981 by Columbia. Produced by Martin Birch. The album went gold.

Instruments: Eric Bloom (lead vocals, bass on "Heavy Metal"), Albert Bouchard (drums, synthesizer, vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitar, vocals, bass and sound effects on "Joan Crawford"), Karla DeVito (background vocal on "Sole Survivor"), Sandy Jean (background vocal on "Don't Turn Your Back"), Bill Civitella, Tony Cedrone, Buck Dharma (additional percussion on "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars"), Jess Levy (string arrangements on "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars" and "Joan Crawford").

Additional Notes: The song "Veteran Of the Psychic Wars" appears in the movie "Heavy Metal". A version of the song "Fire Of Unknown Origin" (with Albert Bouchard on lead vocals) was originally worked-up during the sessions for the *Agents Of Fortune* album. The song "Burnin' For You", based on Richard Meltzer's poem, "Burn Out The Day" (which both Albert and Joe attempted to put to music before Buck's music was used) may have been originally intended for Buck's *Flat Out* album. The song "Vengeance (The Pact)" began as a song called "Dakota Silo Sitter" with different lyrics by Joe, before Albert supplied lyrics based on the movie "Heavy Metal", and titled it "Taarna's Theme". The song "Heavy Metal: The Black And Silver" was originally titled "Ear Damage". The piano intro for "Joan Crawford", one of Allen Lanier's spotlights in many live BOC shows, was actually written by Joe Bouchard. The object shown on the back cover of the album is an ancient astronomical instrument known as an "astrolabe", a sort of astronomical computer for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky. They could be used to determine time, terrestrial location, or identify the stars at night. Their origin can be traced to 200BC.


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