Blue Oyster Cult – Original Painting Used on ‘Fire of Unknown Origin’ Album Cover

A spectacular original painting by artist Greg Scott, used on the cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s 1981 hit album Fire of Unknown Origin.

Released in 1981, Fire of Unknown Origin is Blue Oyster Cult’s highest charting album, reaching #24 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.  It’s lead track, “Burnin’ For You,” was a #1 Billboard Rock Track and a Top 40 Pop hit. The album was certified Gold in 1982.

Scott’s extremely detailed painting, almost certainly rendered using the ancient egg tempera technique, is on a 15 1/4″ square panel.  On the back, Scott has written “Offering” and “Blue Oyster Cult,” signing and dating it 1981; there is also stamp of a flying cat. We obtained this from Scott’s dentist, who purchased it from him in the 1980s.

Greg Scott (1951-2021) began creating rock posters and music related art while in high school; soon after graduating from college was hired by Rolling Stone  as art director.  For six years he designed and illustrated for the magazine, then becoming a freelance artist in New York, creating work for The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Museum of Modern Art, Esquire, Psychology Today, and Popular Mechanics.  His paintings also appear on the covers of Blue Oyster Cult’s albums Extraterrestrial Live and The Revolution at Night.

Framed to 19 3/8″ x 19 5/8″.  The painting is in excellent condition, with some minor nicks to the frame.  With an audiophile vinyl copy of the Fire of Unknown Origin LP, and Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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