Blue Cheer

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

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Summertime Blues (1968)

Blue Cheer @ Wikipedia

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Will Blue Cheer be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


25 comments so far (post your own)

How is this band not in the Rock Hall of Fame?
Blue Cheer were a pioneer in the psychadellic/stoner scene in the 70's.

Posted by Ray Rogers on Sunday, 02.4.07 @ 18:22pm

Yes! Induct these guys! They deserve it more than most previous inductees, for sure.

Posted by Brendan on Friday, 03.16.07 @ 09:57am

the loudest and first heavy metal band yes yes induct them

Posted by tom clancy on Sunday, 12.23.07 @ 22:22pm

I just recently saw a clip of them doing "Summertime Blues" back in the 60's...I can honestly say that I'd never seen a drummer use a timpani as part of his kit. They did a real respectable version of that song...kinda psychedelic, kinda bluesy, and kinda LOUD!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 19:29pm

I've got that version on CD... but I think the Who's version from around the same time was better than Blue Cheer's. Just my opinion.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 19:31pm

My top versions of this song go like this;

1) Eddie Cochran
2) Brian Setzer
3) The Who
4) Blue Cheer

Coincidently, the version that I like by Setzer was when he was portraying Cochran in "La Bamba". What a great guitarist that guy is...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 02.10.09 @ 20:07pm


Posted by Bingo on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 19:03pm

Heavy metal and punk pioneers. Some claim Deep Purple is the loudest band, but after seeing Blue Cheer live I disagree!!

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 19:07pm

Blue Cheer I would call are heavy metal pioneers not punk pioneers. They might just be the first heavy metal band. Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside are just full of fuzz guitar, pounding drums, and thundering bass. They also foreshadowed the rise of stoner rock/stoner metal in the 1990s.

Dickie Peterson is still out thier keeping the band going and he keeps on rocking.

Depends on what you consider louder. Deep Purple brought speed into the equation while Cheer brought a fuzzy, gritty sound. I think the loudest song I ever heard by a band was Cactus with "Rumblin' Man".

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 20:35pm

I stand by my comment Dude Man. Blue Cheer are often cited as a "pioneering heavy metal, punk and stoner band"

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 20:50pm

I'm not familiar with that Cactus song you mentioned. Is it from one of their later albums because I have their debut ("Cactus") and "One Way...Or Another" neither of which have a song called "Rumblin' Man"

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 20:56pm

That's fine and many people have said they are pioneering on punk(one being that fool Lester Bangs) because I'm sure they might have had some influence on punk, but overall I think they were more influencial in metal than punk. Still that's my opinion.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 20:59pm

"Rumblin' Man" was an outtake that never appeared on thier first album. That song and "The Sun is Shining" didn't appear until they did a compilation called Cactology: The Cactus Collection. I found it on digitialdreamdoor.nutsie when I looked up Cactus.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 21:13pm

Thanks Dude Man, I'll check it out

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 23:24pm

I just checked out when Vincebus Eruptum was released and I realized that Blue Cheer came before Iron Butterfly, "Helter Skelter" and "Born to be Wild". So Blue Cheer are the FIRST heavy metal band. They invented the genre, so they deserve to be inducted.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 12:24pm

Funny you should mention that; Rhapsody says "They were established in 1968 as the loudest band ever...they invented acid rock (and heavy metal, too), and their album 'Vincebus Eruptum" made Cream and Butterfly sound like Herman's Hermits. Rampant personnel changes stunted their progress but their first three albums remain essential listening for devotees of all music that is "heavy".

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 12:35pm

I wouldn't say they invented acid rock. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix Experience had already had hits with that kind of music.

But they did foreshadow the rise of the "stoner rock" bands too like Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Sleep, etc. And Keebord would even say they pioneered punk too.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 13:11pm

I'm just posting this vid because radio stations don't play these guys anymore(at least not where I live anyway). The REAL heavy metal seed deserves induction. They invented a genre.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 21:32pm

Rest in Peace Dickie Peterson. Blue Cheer were pioneers.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 10.13.09 @ 15:51pm

Well they're arguably the world's first heavy metal band so they've got that going for them but since a band like Deep Purple who (as I'm writing this) still hasn't even received a nomination yet it seems unlikely.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 08.28.10 @ 02:23am

I don't care what ANYONE SAYS. I KNOW where "Blue Cheer got their name from !!!! Onnce you see THIS, YOU'LL KNOW TOO !!!

Posted by Bill G on Saturday, 02.19.11 @ 02:05am

I don't care what ANYONE SAYS. I KNOW where "Blue Cheer" got their name from !!!! Once you see THIS, YOU'LL KNOW TOO !!!

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 02.19.11 @ 02:07am

Actually Bill G. that's only part of the story, this is what this site has to say about the origin of Blue Cheer (the band, not the detergent's) name:

Blue Cheer: "60's nickname for high-quality LSD, and coincidentally a brand of laundry detergent (the band used the detergent idea on their album cover with "New, Improved, Blue Cheer" - surprised they didn't get sued for it."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 02.19.11 @ 02:21am

Anybody that likes Blue Cheer should also check out Savoy Brown. Very underrated and very good act!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 11.6.11 @ 05:30am

Influence: 25, a influence on stoner/metal bands but not that big a one.
Innovation: 20 forshadowed metal and stoner rock with their, at the time, unheard of levels of heaviness.
COmmercial: they share the same fate as quite a few musical pioneers of the 60's: no real commercial sucess.
Critical: 15, they're starting to be shown more respect now by critics.

60, worthy of induction.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 07:26am

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