Blue Cheer was an American Psych-Blues band from San Francisco, active from the late 1960s until 2009, when longtime member Dickie Peterson died of prostate cancer. Their first album, Vincebus Eruptum, is considered one of the very first Heavy Metal albums.
Their work provides examples of:
- Canis Latinicus: Vincebus Eruptum is a nonexistent Latin phrase. Explanation
- Cover Version: Their rocking covers of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" and Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm". Not to mention their cover of The Rolling Stones "Satisfaction".
- Blue Cheer's version of "Summertime Blues" was in turn covered by Rush.
- Follow the Leader: Obviously towards Cream and Jimi Hendrix, though it came full circle when groups like Black Sabbath, Budgie and Rush stared following their approach.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: Inverted with their cover of "Satisfaction", which slowly starts up then goes into the usual Cheer overdrive.
- Heavy Metal: Blue Cheer is widely considered one of the very first heavy metal bands.
- Rock Trio: During their first two albums and parts of the third.
- Trope Maker: Of Heavy Psych, a subgenre of Psychedelic Rock, that relied on Epic Rocking and thick guitar assaults. It served as a historical link between 60s rock and metal music.