153. Blue Cheer

Many entries on this list discuss Heavy Metal acts and whether the genre will receive long term respect from the Hall. Should that happen, we wonder if one of the bands that get credit for popularizing it, Blue Cheer may get a look from Cleveland.   For every person who stated that Blue Cheer was a Proto Metal band, you will likely find one that states that they were basically a Psychedelic Band. What is difficult to dispute is that Blue Cheer was a band that was just plain louder than anyone else before them and as such had a quality about them just seemed “harder” than others before them. For the last two years of the 60’s, Blue Cheer was at their best, playing their brand of “Stoned Out” Rock which may not have been the most commercially viable, but it did inspire a lot of musicians to crank it up in a manner of speaking.       The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1993   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)   Nominated In: Never   Why They Will Get In: They meet the influence criteria and were unique in their day..   Why They Won’t Get In: Those they inspired are not exactly respected by the Hall.   Essential Albums: Vincebus Eruptum (1968) Outsideinside (1968) New! Improved! Blue Cheer (1969) Blue Cheer (1969)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Summertime Blues (From Vincebus Eruptum, 1968) Parchement Farm (From Vincebus Eruptum, 1968) The Hunter (From Outsideinside, 1968) Aces ‘n’ Eights (From New! Improved! Blue Cheer, 1969) Natural Man (From Blue Cheer, 1969) {acepolls 169}

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