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Lead guitarist Don "Buck Dharma" Roeser initially planned to release this song on his solo album, Flat Out, but was later convinced to include it on Blue Oyster Cult's Fire Of Unknown Origin." Buck sings lead on this song, as he did on many of the band's songs.
This song was Blue Oyster Cult's first major radio hit since 1976's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper
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In the book MTV Ruled the World - The Early Years of Music Video, frontman Eric Bloom tells the story of the "Burnin' For You" video: "We went out to California, and our management found a video company, and we did two videos in 24 hours - 'Burnin' For You' and 'Joan Crawford.' MTV wouldn't show the 'Joan Crawford' video, because there was something about it that was too racy for them. But 'Burnin' For You' got a ton of airplay on MTV in 1981 and 1982."
Bloom continues: "We made it in the storm drains of LA. If anyone has seen the movie about giant ants, called Them!, with James Whitmore, it was filmed in the same place." Later he adds: "We thought the car on fire was very Hollywood, very cool. They had to have a Hollywood film/pyro guy there, who was licensed to burn s--t up. He had propane tanks, and he had to have a hunk of car to burn."
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