This was inspired by a series of Japanese films from the 1950s featuring the Godzilla monster, which was inspired by the commercial success of King Kong (1933) and The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953). In 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla hit theaters all over. The song lyrics depict famous scenes from Godzilla films.
Blue Öyster Cult was one of the first heavy metal bands, and they also did their part to satirize the genre. Like the Godzilla movies, this song is pure camp, with guitar riffs heavy as lead and a closing lyric that sums up the lesson of this story:
History shows again and again How nature points up the folly of men
If there was any doubt about the band's intentions, it was stomped out by this monster.
This is one of the most popular Blue Öyster Cult songs, but it was never a hit. Spectres was their fifth album; their previous LP Agents of Fortune contained their breakout hit "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," but despite their efforts, they weren't able to duplicate the formula and no songs from Spectres charted. "Godzilla" did have a long life on Classic Rock radio.
The band's guitarist, Buck Dharma, wrote this song and shared lead vocals on the track with Eric Bloom.
Dharma loved monster movies, and when he came up with the guitar riff, it made him think of Godzilla, which gave him the concept of the song.
During the second half of the song, Eric Bloom speaks some Japanese:
Rinji news o moshiagemasu! Rinji news o moshiagemasu! Gojira ga Ginza hoomen e mukatte imasu! Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai! Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai!
In concert, a smoke-spewing animatronic Godzilla with flashing eyes would appear on stage when the band performed this song. Buck Dharma would give it a convincing introduction, often referring to recent newsworthy catastrophes. In later years, the stage Godzilla was retired, but the band still used a barrage of sound effects to start the song.
In 1998, a new Godzilla movie was released. This song wasn't used in the movie, since producers wanted something more contemporary (they used a P. Diddy song called "Come With Me" on the soundtrack).
In response, Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma recorded a new version of the song deriding the film and its musical selections:
Oh no, say it isn't so There's no "Godzilla" ... Millions spent on special effects But our tune just ain't getting no respect
A 12" single of this song (Columbia 3-10725, 1977 promo) was produced with the studio version on one side and a live version (that is not the version found on either Some Enchanted Evening or Extraterrestrial Live) on the other side - the song is most easily identified by Eric's introduction - "It's not Raymond Burr, it's Godzilla!"
According to the book Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years Of Rush, while opening on tour with Blue Öyster Cult, Rush members replaced a sound recording that queued up with a video of Godzilla at the opening of the set with a recording of "Hello, My name is Mister Ed." The two bands often played pranks on one another during the tour.
Baseball player Hideki Matsui of The New York Yankees was nicknamed Godzilla and at home games this song was played when he came up to bat. Matsui is from Japan.
Doug from KansasJustin - the last line of the song actually says,"history shows again and again how nature points up the folly of men . . .GODZILLA!" Which is to say, from time to time, nature puts man in his place (in this case, under Godzilla's huge feet).
Esskayess from Dallas, TxOh well; at least no monsters have popped out of the Pacific after Japan's earthquake-induced reactor meltdown...yet.
B.l. from Barry, TxThis was the late Jet Jaguar's favorite song...Angilas' too. :P
Rock from Who Cares?, MnSong: Godzilla, Album: Spectres (1977), Group: Blue Oyster Cult (BOC) IMHO the best novelty song ever created. Kick-a** guitar licks make the song. Saw BOC live back in 1978 when I was 12 years old. Never told my parents I was going to a rock concert - made up some BS lie they probably never believed but were never brave enough to challenge. O.K. children - Lesson Time: Rock groups like this from the 1970's are where hard rock came from. Groups in the 1970's like BOC either invented or established the legitimacy of the hard rock genre. Your music favorites of today exist because of the influence of these previous rock groups. Don't ever blow them off as outdated, obsolete, uncool, whatever. Seek out all the great hard rock tunes from that era and LISTEN to them. I promise you will not be disappointed. To Dan, North Bellmore, NY. Peace to your brother. Hold fast to the memories - they are ultimately all we have of any value anyway. They were better times back then, weren't they... I've said my peace, thanks all for your time and take care.
Charlie from Nyc, NyHideki Matsui was in a Godzilla movie called Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. It came out in the early 2000's.
Charlie from Nyc, NyAll Hail Gojira, King Of The Monsters. This is a great song since i am a big fan of the King of The Monsters and the song from Blue Oyster has made my day. Charlie Muller Jr. Bronx NY.
Tim from Clarkdale, AzRight. Godzilla is the backlash to man's assault on nature. I think the early movies specifically point to atomic weapons and testing as the cause for the emergence of these monsters. Godzilla himself though, I think takes on additional meaning- perhaps a symbol of a Japanese pride so strong and powerful that it became something to fear.
Justin from Auburn, Wathis song is really good but whats the last part mean? mean History shows again and again How nature wipes up the folly of men does it mean if man fols with nature it could destroy man?
Lester from New York City, NySaw BOC (billed as Soft White Underbelly) do this song at The Bottom Line (a small club) in NYC. No drum solo, but with a vicious and long battle of the guitarists. Sorry I didn't have my tape recorder with me that evening.
Mooseboy from Lincoln, NeOne of my best friends wrote an article for Modern Recording Magazine describing a "Godzilla Overdub Session" where he and I worked with Godzilla for one of his movies. It was a hilarious (fictitious) article, Modern Recording loved it, and printed it.
I've heard a story that BOC were in a recording studio and picked up a magazine while waiting for an engineer. They came across an article about Godzilla and laughed so hard that they wrote this song. Whether that story's true or not, I can't tell you for sure.
But I'd like to think that it is!
Jack from Framingham, MaGodzilla seems harder to spell than Rodan, I think you have incorrect information.
Jake from Talahassee, MtIt's been confirmed that the song Godzilla was inspired by a passion for King Kong. The writer wanted to think of a viable opponent for King Kong and it was too difficult to spell Rodan at the time.
Avery from Bucksport, MeI love Godzilla its an awesome song!!
Chris from Manchester, United KingdomManaged to catch them live in Manchester. The chorus was okay, but the drum solo was awesome. The effect of the strobe light behind the drummer (who was wearing a Godzilla mask) really worked. One of my all-time favourite concerts. Another highlight I remember was all the band playing guitar in a line (including the drummer!). The icing on the cake was (Don't fear) the Reaper, of course.
Emilio from Valencia, SpainFu Manchu do an "extravaganza" cover that catchs up the song with nowadays. It´s become one of their household encores and worth your money to hear. The best cover is on the live album "Go for it live". On studio on the Eatin´dust CD/Lp, hard to find though. Also there´s other version on the MaxiVinyl by Man´s Ruin´ Records that is killer,harder to find!!!
Alex from Houston, TxI performed this at my school's Lip Sync show with some of my friends from Theater Arts Class. Fun song that everyone in the audience seemed to love. Awesome song.
Dylan from Branson, MoIts on the first Guitar Hero
Joe from Chicago, Ari love this song.......blue oyster cult's best in my opinion......but they have some really good other songs as well
Josh from Manalapan, NjRacer X did a cover off it on the album "Superheroes"
Dan from North Bellmore, NyMe and my brother stole that record from a record shop. Don't ask me why but he took the cover and I took the actual record. We got home and I told him to have fun playing his album cover while I go play my new record. HE punched me in the stomach knocking the wind out of me, took the record and went to his room and played it while using headphones. P.S, My brother died in 1991 and Dec. 21 would have been his 40th B-day and I have been thinking aboot him alot. The song GODZILLA means alot to me b/c he thought the song was so awesome and he wanted to share it with me that he put the record on our mom's stereo and we cranked it up and yelled: GO GO THEY SAY HE'S GOT TO GO!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhh good times, good times....
Steve Gottschald from Aurora, Ontario, Canadalmao me too. I was actually humming that part to myself when I read it and now it's stuck in my head too.
Anyways, it's a pretty good song. I'm not a /huge/ fan of Blue Oyster Cult but it's deffinately not a bad song.
Rob from Vancouver, Canadathats funny wes.....now i can't get it out of my head either.
Wes from Springfield, VaMy friend Mike came up with better lyrics that I have never been able to erase from my head: Helpless people on subway trains/Scream "Oh, s--t!" when he looks in on them...