6:00 AM GMT 22/06/2011
So heavy... they had to record half of it outdoors!
Blue Cheer's marmalising debut, Vincebus Eruptum, made their position clear. They may have hailed from San Francisco and named themselves after one of Owsley's lesser known LSD appellations, but rather than embracing The Summer Of Love, they signalled its death knell. Hitting a dizzy Number 11 spot in the Billboard charts and characterised by their thumpingly greasy version of Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues, it was a veritable buffet of bludgeon.
Outsideinside saw the Cheer stretch out, recording parts of it on Sausalito's harbour front and on the New York pier (apocryphally, to save studio equipment from their destructive volume), and adding greater lashings of melody to their fuzzed-out arsenal. Sun Cycle, Just A Little Bit and Gypsy Ball bear testimony to the band's devotion to Hendrix and indulge in the newfound luxury of stereo-panning. Come And Get It gives the MC5 a run for their money, while the fantastically titled Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger is an instrumental piece of proto-grunge, later covered by Cheer devotees Mudhoney.
Hoping to emulate the impact of Vincebus...'s Summertime Blues, Dickie Peterson and Co strapped on a rapacious take on The Stones' Satisfaction, seemingly taking a cue to from the version Otis Redding had performed at Monterey the year before. Yet even thus supercharged, Outsideinside barely limped into the Top 100. This relative impasse led to the splintering of the band's original line-up as guitarist Leigh Stephens departed and effectively sealed Blue Cheer's fate as a cult outfit. Outsideinside, however, remains a crowning glory whose significance and influence has grown in the intervening four decades.
Posted by Ross_Bennett at 6:00 AM GMT 02/03/2009
Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (Mercury, 1968)
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (Elektra, 1969)
Sir Lord Baltimore – Kingdom Come (Mercury, 1970)