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Mark it in your hearts, head-bangers and horn-throwers; Today, in 1968, a little band from San Francisco called Blue Cheer became the fathers of heavy metal when their single “Summertime Blues” peaked at #14 on the Billboard chart. The song, a cover of the Eddie Cochran tune, is generally considered to be the very first “heavy metal” song. Although not what we would call “metal” today, the overdriven guitar and chunky drums definitely give it a heavy feel (especially for 1968!!)
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March 2, 1984
In 1984, “This is Spinal Tap” premiered in American theaters, and we were formally introduced to the quirky British group whose album was blacked out (BEFORE Metallica did it!), whose amps went to 11 (because just making 10 louder is ridiculous, of course), and a whopping 18 former drummers, all of whom died under mysterious, albeit hilarious circumstances (and 3 nicknamed “Stumpy”!!)
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