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This is what the rhapsody music site had to say about Blue Oyster Cult's smash hit "Don't Fear the Reaper"

"Their songs allways take that metal cliche to an unbelievable extreme. Their final mock-classical moments of 'Dont fear the reaper' may have lost their pasquinade punch in the subsequent years of the song's perpetual rotation, but the joke is there in the bombast of those diagonal basslines and the trilling frantic lead--The song can go no further at this point, the band has taken it as far as good (or bad, really) taste will allow, and they put on the brakes in the infinitesimal moment right before they rock themselves off the cliff. That's a great moment in rock history and almost nobody got it."

Well I didn't get it. What's the joke in the song?

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pas·qui·nade

n. A satire or lampoon, especially one that ridicules a specific person, traditionally written and posted in a public place.

tr.v. pas·qui·nad·ed, pas·qui·nad·ing, pas·qui·nades

To ridicule with a pasquinade; satirize or lampoon.

[French, from Italian pasquinata, after Pasquino, nickname given to a statue in Rome, Italy, on which lampoons were posted.]

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