Post by dougdenslowe on May 17, 2016 14:32:02 GMT -5
If you have a question you'd like me to ask Eric,now is your chance.This interview will be about Blue Cheer during the time Leigh Stevens was still an active member.I will touch on the formation of the band,past memories,and what lead up to the first break up,to the power trio we all love and admire.No disrespect to the musicians who came after Leigh;Its just not what this interview will be about.Eric was still in touch with the band,but he left with Leigh to go to England and that will be discussed.At this point I'm looking for a recording studio (or some place that has recording possibilities and/or filming potential.Im working with a budget of "next to nothing" so if you know of a good situation,please let me know.)Thanks,Doug Denslowe
Post by FeedbackLourde on May 19, 2016 9:14:32 GMT -5
I would like to know just how much of the material on OutsideInside actually got played live. We know they did Satisfaction and played Feathers on a TV show. Were any of the other tunes featured in the setlist before Leigh left?
Post by dougdenslowe on Jun 19, 2016 18:53:03 GMT -5
Okay.Im going to go over every single song,on the first two LPs,so I'm sure you'll get an answer.As far as songs they did live,that I know of;The Hunter,Just A Little Bit,Gypsy Ball and Babylon besides the two you named,were in their set list,before Leigh split.Just A Little Bit was the next single after Summertime Blues.When they first introduced it.........it blew my mind,and ears off.The others on Outside/Inside that I didn't mention,could have been played,but the ones I mentioned were played for sure.And they were on their set list many months before the release of their second LP.Satisfaction,Just a Little Bit and the Hunter were the first ones I recall them playing,right after the first LP was released.I left this post up a few weeks ago,and one reply is all that I get?Well,it'll happen when we both get the time to do it.Eric can't wait to finally give an interview to someone that was there ,in the front row.Most of the time people that interviewed Dickie and the band,only know Blue Cheer from their records,which sadly never was able to get the vibe recorded.I say "vibe" because I can't think of another word to describe what Blue Cheer was,except vibrations,loud heavy ones,at that.
Welcome to the bb. I would be curious to know Paul and Leigh's contribution to writing the material on the first two records. No writing credits are given to them on Vincebus Eruptum. Leigh Stephens, spelled "Stevens" is given credit on Feathers from Your Tree, Sun Cycle, Gypsy Ball, Come and Get It and Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger on OutsideInside.
The band album covers/presentation were pretty innovative and "cool" for the first three albums. Were Dickie, Leigh or Paul involved in any of the concepts?
Please discuss a bit about Red Weather and Cast of Thousands if time permits. Cast of Thousands was unfairly trashed, yet I liked the album. It may have been a bit busy in the production, but that is a small thing.
What was the reception like in England for Leigh?
- riff raff
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Post by dougdenslowe on Aug 20, 2016 18:30:26 GMT -5
Will do.As far as Cast of Thousands,Leigh,himself trashes this album whenever it's brought up.Im glad there's at least one person who likes it.All your questions were going to be covered.Im going to go deep into the LPs.as far as who did what as far as ideas,and every other thing you can think of.I just hope Eric can remember half the stuff I ask.
Post by FeedbackLourde on Aug 25, 2016 14:52:21 GMT -5
Eric will remember. He seems to be the only one from the original BC camp that still has a few functioning brain cells left ;-). Really looking forward to this interview. It's been awhile since any new information about the band comes to light as opposed to all the same recycled stuff you see on Facebook (you're not gonna ask if BC was named after a strain of LSD are you? LOL!) . This message board was once a fountain of good information and intense discussion and I miss that!
Post by dougdenslowe on Sept 17, 2016 9:45:28 GMT -5
I used to pop in here to see what the world at large thought of a band,that I was taken to task by literally everybody I knew.Im talking about Blue Cheer,and there's only three people that I care a single molecule about when I say Blue Cheer.And I might add since I had a different relationship with each band member(yeah,that three)much after the fact,and Dickie's no longer with us,Paul's in Germany and even though I knew Leigh and hung out with him during his Fox Trot years (too bad that you guys didn't get to hear what I did.Leigh was playing the best since the days we all loved him for,but he's distanced himself from except when it's time to plug that one album he made.)My point is this;50 years after the fact,does it matter anymore?It being that power trio,that for a few months,much before their first album,had magic in their performances?Maybe not,but I know there's a few that will appreciate what Eric and I will put down for you to read or hear or read in Braille,if you're blind.The reason I'm going to do this is because of one thing that needs to be done;An interview by someone who was there,at the Avalon,at The Fillmoe Auditorium and Fillmore West.Winterland is where I first was made aware that a band I formerly hated,had a roar coming from the stage.I was up in the rafters,smoking some homemade pot (the stuff that turns to goo,in those old metal pipes that had marijuana in the barrel for a filter)I knew this wasn't that shit "Jug Band" as I referred to them,but something very different.Was this Blue Cheer?I went to Western Front,on the best acid,and my life changed forever.Now,all the friends,that once said I had no taste in music,all suck my dick,talking like they were always fans.Fuck that.Im sorry,I've been up a couple days doing shit that I probably shouldn't (let your imagination run wild)and now I'm babbling.The point......someone should interview Eric who saw the band,in their heyday,not a fan that "discovered" them from their shitty(but it's all we got......)records.Outside/Inside being an exception out of the two,but most people ignore that LP when writing about BC.I hope my questions are more down to earth,and they will be.Eric is probably the more trippy of the two of us.When this gets done,it'll be the interview you had only wished for.Ill ask every possible thing about every possible thing.So.....until then,next time,I'll make it up to you........
Hey, Doug, go for it! Even after 50 years there are a few just discovering the band. AND there are many still among us that listen to these old "s____y" records. Considering what the music scene is these days, many of us would go back in time, if we could. Your efforts in this interview will do just that! Thank You and thank you!