Don't Turn Your Back

Album: Fire Of Unknown Origin (1981)


  • Dangers are lurking all around. If you turn your back, there's no telling what might get you.

    This foreboding song is an album cut from Fire Of Unknown Origin, which contains the Blue Öyster Cult hit "Burnin' For You." It was written by group members Buck Dharma, Albert Bouchard and Allen Lanier, with Dharma taking lead vocals. In a Songfacts interview, Dharma named it the best hidden gem in the BÖC catalog.
  • This was written for the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal, but a different Blue Öyster Cult song, "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars," was chosen instead.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkSong Writing

Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.

Evolution Of The Prince SymbolSong Writing

The evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.

Krishna DasSongwriter Interviews

The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.

Don FelderSongwriter Interviews

Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."