Blue Cheer

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Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues-rock style, and is also credited as being pioneers of heavy metal (their cover of "Summertime Blues" is sometimes cited as the first in the genre), punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge. According to Tim Hills in his book, The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom, "Blue Cheer was the epitome of San Francisco psychedelia." Jim Morrison of The Doors called the group "The single most powerful band I've ever seen" and Eric Clapton defined them as "probably the originators of heavy metal".

"Blue Cheer" was the name of a variety of LSD made by chemist and Grateful Dead patron Owsley Stanley and the band was probably named for that (although the name existed earlier, as the name of a laundry detergent for which the LSD variety itself was named).

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1968 Vincebus Eruptum 3
1968 Outsideinside 5
1969 New! Improved! 2
1969 Blue Cheer 3
1970 The Original Human Being 1
1971 Oh! Pleasant Hope 2
1985 The Beast Is Back 1
1990 Highlights and Lowlives 1
1991 Dining With the Sharks 1
2007 What Doesn't Kill You... 2
The Original Huming Beeing 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Louder Than God: The Best of Blue Cheer 1
1990 Good Times Are So Hard to Find 1
Beast Is Back: The Megaforce Years 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Bootleg: Live 1
Blitzkrieg Over Nüremberg 1

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