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San Francisco, United States (1968 – 1971, 1988 – 2009)

Blue Cheer is an American group of the late 1960s and early 1970s, who helped to pioneer music. Based in San Francisco, original personnel were singer/bassist Dickie Peterson, guitarist Leigh Stephens, and drummer Paul Whaley. A power trio, the band was named after a variety of LSD promoted by underground chemist and Grateful Dead backer Owsley Stanley. This variety of LSD took its name from a popular laundry detergent. Their first hit was a cover version of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” from their debut album Vincebus Eruptum (1968). The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, their only such hit, and the album peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The group’s sound was hard to categorize, but was definitely -based, , and very loud. The band has been subsequently acclaimed as an influence on , , heavy metal, and . Julian Cope has written, “In 1968, nothing but nothing in America and Britain sounded as brutal as Blue Cheer except for The Velvet Underground.”

The group underwent several personnel changes after the 1968 release of Outsideinside, and then through yet more changes during and after 1969’s New! Improved! Blue Cheer (different guitarists on side 1 and 2). After Leigh Stephens was replaced by Randy Holden, formerly of Los Angeles garage rock band The Other Half, in 1968, Blue Cheer’s style changed to a more commercial sound à la Steppenwolf or Iron Butterfly. For the fourth album Blue Cheer, Holden, who had left during the third album, was subsequently replaced by Bruce Stephens. Stephens later quit and was replaced by Gary Lee Yoder, who helped complete the album.


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  • MusicMagic77

    >> Another way lead us somewhere else ...

    Yesterday 6:54pm Reply
  • Vansteph86

    Vincebus Eruptum : the Hard & Heavy landmark

    17 May 6:57pm Reply
  • knight_88

    Awesome band! [2]

    12 Mar 4:40am Reply
  • huiaka

    вот это реально жестокое музло. а не ваши грайндкоры

    11 Feb 12:29pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    << The way lead us back to The Other Half ...

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    the most badass band to come from the psych rock scene

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    I saw this band when I was 16 years old and then again about 40 years later: They hadn't slowed or quieted down a bit! Here is a journal I wrote describing the experience....

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    занятно, но не более. просто хороший драйвовый утяжеленный рок-н-ролл. никакого "изобретения хэви-металла", просто угарная хиппи-самодеятельность.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • IsaacCorreia

    Awesome band!

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AlxNobre

    "Peace of mind", yees lord yes !!

    18 Jun 2014 Reply
  • pyjamademon

    I think what I love about Leigh Stephens is that, unlike Hendrix, his playing always seemed like it was on the verge of being completely out-of-control, chaotic screaming madness with a vibrato technique that sounded like a banshee ululating in the swamps of psychosis.

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • coloredpepper

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • callmeblank

    too much ACID

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • slean1

    Metal: A Headbanger's Journey...

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • WasteNoReason

    One of the best hard rockin' bands out there.....

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AnaCSodre

    doctor please

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheeDr

    Best ever--the opening 30 seconds or so of "Outsideinside" is the most perfect audio ever recorded by humans.

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Got a high with the SXSW show around 2008. Me and my "partner" cried and screamed and smiled was an astounding show. Smelled liked '68 or '08, LOUD and CREAM and RARE music.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    Vincebus Eruptum is a great album but honestly, Outsideinside is such an underrated album everyone should give it a listen if they haven't done so already. [2]

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • cheeze5

    Who the fuck cares if Iommi was influenced by Blue Cheer? I'm so tired of all this Sabbath worship. Iommi discovered the drop C tuning by accident. (He broke his finger and it was easier on his hands to play in drop C.) He isn't some Christlike figure that came from the sky and invented heavy metal. These "who influenced who" or "who is the first metal band" arguments are fucking stupid. Music speaks for itself.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
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