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We're playing around here.  The World has come up with a new format for blogs.  Now there haven't been any tutorials given to the bloggers, so we're trying to figure out how to work this new system.  


Music blogs are music dependent, and if the ability to post videos isn't there, there's almost no reason blog.  Grumbling and yelping about the state of music doesn't carry as much weight....especially when you're talking about older and/or more obscure it would if you can back up your words with pictures.


So what we're going to do is this.  It's nearly a hundred degrees out as I type this here at the House on Haunted Hill, so a summer song seems appropriate, right?  But of course, not just any summer song, a LOUD summer song.  Blue Cheer's the band, often called the fathers of heavy metal.  But not by them.  They considered themselves a blues based power trio, with Paul Wailey on drums, Leigh Stephens on sledgehammer guitar, leader Dickie Peterson on bass and vocals, this San Francisco based group came on the scene in 1967 with a wall of Marshall amps and a reputation as the loudest rock band in the world, and in 1968, when the band released the LP "Vincebus Eruptum", the world knew of the power of Blue Cheer when pop radio exploded with the hair cut they gave Eddie Cochran's gentle (by comparison) 1958 ode to the problems of summer.  3:34 of slamming drums, heavy bass and screaming guitar.....

And that was it.  Both the single and the LP went top 15, but their followup was a bust.  A true one hit wonder.  But my gosh, what a LOUD one hit wonder.