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Blue Cheer was an American Psychedelic Rock/Blues Rock 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, was a major influence on Heavy Metal music, with its thick guitar assaults.

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".
    • Their version of "Summertime Blues" was in turn covered by The Who and Rush.
  • 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: A major influence on the genre, in fact, some consider them to be one of the very first heavy metal bands.
  • Rearrange the Song: They gave "Summertime Blues" an acid rock makeover with plenty of guitar pyrotechnics, including replacing a few of the lyrics with instrumental solos.
  • 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.