Blue Cheer

Summertime Blues

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Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran's angst-filled paen to taking time off gets one of its most robust renditions from the mega-watt ampage of Blue Cheer in what was their break-through hit. Their only hit. Phillips single #40516 went Top 15 in the spring of 1968 ten years after Eddie Cochran took his co-write Top 10. As rocking as the original might've been for the time, Blue Cheer's expansion of the sound was explosive, perhaps inspiring the world's greatest rock rhythm guitarist, Pete Townshend (a rhythm guitarist so good he got to play lead) to up the ante for The Who's Top 30 live gem a quick two years after Blue Cheer made this big noise. This song is actually the ultimate in garage rock gone metal. Pure anger and frustration, Leigh Stephens' guitar encapsulated inside Dickie Peterson's bass and Paul Whaley's drums. The three minutes and forty-seven seconds probably inspired The Amboy Dukes, The Litter and Grand Funk Railroad as well. This was the sledgehammer Blue Cheer used to tell the world it was here, the prototype of attitude fused fury.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Vincebus Eruptum 1968 Sundazed 3:47
Easy Rider [Music from the Soundtrack] 1969
Various Artists
MCA 0:00
Highs of the Sixties 1986
Various Artists
Warner Music / Warner Bros. 3:45
No Image 1986 Rhino
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
No Image 1989
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:00
No Image 1989 Thunderbolt (UK)
Classic Rock: 1968 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Priority Records
Good Times Are So Hard to Find 1990 Mercury 3:45
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:46
No Image 1990 Blue Cheer
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
Biker Rock 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:45
Hit Parader Salutes 20 Years of Metal 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:48
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight 3:45
Music from The Wonder Years 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arsenal
Hard Rock Essentials: 1960's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:47
Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin' Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Special Music Company / Polydor / Sony Music Distribution 3:48
The Beast Is Back: The Megaforce Years 1996 Megaforce 3:57
Whole Lotta Rock: 1968-1969 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:47
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:47
Garage Band Classics 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:43
Easyriders, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:44
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 3:45
Guitar Rock: Guitar Thunder 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:48
Highway Rockin' 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 3:44
The Summer of Peace, Love and Music, Vol. 2 [2000] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:48
Hello Tokyo, Bye Bye Osaka 1999 Captain Trip Records
Jukebox Hits of 1968, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 3:45
Summer of Peace, Love and Music [3 CD] 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:48
Vincebus Eruptum/Outsideinside 2003 Track Records 3:48
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: 60's Rock 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:44
#1 Hits: Best of 60s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:44
60's Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:47
Hits of the '60s [Madacy 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:44
The Greatest Classic Rock Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:46
Plugged into Summer [Circuit City Exclusive] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:46
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 2007
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:46
Heavy Metal [Rhino Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:45
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:47
Flower Power: The Music of the Love Generation 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:47
Dirty Water, Vol. 2: More Birth of Punk Attitude 2011
Various Artists
Year Zero 3:47
Greatest Ever! Rock Guitars 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:47
Pure 60's
Various Artists
Universal 3:47
No Image Polygram