By Steve Newton
Back in June of 1981 Blue Öyster Cult released it’s eight studio album, Fire of Unknown Origin, and I immediately snapped it up, just like I’d done with their previous nine discs (including the two live albums). I’d been absolutely crazy about B.O.C. ever since I’d bought Tyranny and Mutation because of its cool cover and been blown away by its adventurous and thought-provoking hard-rock (we called it “heavy metal” back then).
But the best thing about Fire of Unknown Origin to me was the guitar solo on “Burnin’ For You”. It was just so reckless and wild, so off-the-wall. And the crazy thing was that “Burnin’ For You” was released as a single a month later, and it became a Top 40 hit, reaching #1 on Billboard‘s Album Rock Tracks chart.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s ever been a guitar solo on mainstream commercial radio that’s as beautifully out-there as “Burnin’ for You”. It’s exactly 30 seconds (2:53 to 3:23) of pure six-string bliss, if you ask me. Or even if you don’t.