“Summertime Blues” is a very famous song by Eddie Cochran and the most famous version of it is by the Who. I don’t know how famous the Blue Cheers version is, but I didn’t know of it, and I couldn’t resist blogging about it because it’s such a masterpiece. I learned about that song from the movie Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which is an awesome movie I have watched more than ten times now. I was watching it again this week and it mentioned Blue Cheer as one of the pioneers of early metal alongside Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and based on this song it’s criminal that such a band is not equally famous (or is it my ignorance? Not famous in Iran at all).
Anyway, this is the song:
This is from 1968, two years before the Who version, and it does the same thing to the original song (it distorts it) and it is done in a much more audacious and radical way. This is a very brave song, with awesome guitar, and it reminds me of Led Zeppelin and why I love that band. So of course I got curious and I have been listening to Blue Cheer for the last few days, yes, certainly a great band, with masterpiece after masterpiece, with the sort of Blues that clearly shows the dawn of Metal too. Listening to Blue Cheer you see the link between Metal and its grandfather Blues very clearly, and I think they do magic with the guitar and vocals.
Personally I love all their songs, but my favorite is “Rock Me Baby”. Miracle with the guitar:
And Led Zeppelin begun their career at 1968 too. So really, Blue Cheer is not only a trailblazer in this song but they are also as radical and as artistic as the more famous bands which came after them.Blue Cheer are a musical legend and should be considered that by everyone.