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The Passions
(English post-punk group, formed in June 1978, evolved from The Derelicts. Disbanded in August 1983)

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Blue Cheer

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LSD, rehab, whiskey, fights. And in their spare time they invented heavy metal. Blue Cheer leaders Peterson, McDonald and Whaley tell their twisted tale.

They were the bellowing Gods Of fxxk. There were no big ugly noises in rock’n’roll before Blue Cheer. They created sonic brutality, coiling their teenage angst into an angry fist of sludge and feedback and hurling it at stunned, stoned hippies like a wave of mutilation. Everything about them was badass. They had a Hell’s Angel for a manager, they were despised by the other bands in their scene, and they played so loud that people ran from them in fear. Proto-punk, proto-metal and proto-rehab, Blue Cheer took acid, wore tight pants, cranked their walls of Marshall stacks and proved, once and for all, that when it came to all things rock, excess was always best.

Formed by singer/bass player/mad visionary Dickie Peterson in San Francisco in 1966, Blue Cheer – named after the band’s favourite brand of LSD – was at first a gangly, six-piece blues revue with much teenage enthusiasm and little direction. After seeing Jimi Hendrix perform for the first time, the band’s prime movers – Peterson, drummer Paul Whaley and guitarist Leigh Stephens – thinned the line-up and discovered their sound, a wall-shaking throb of low- end beastliness that sounded exactly like the world ending.

Anchored by a sweat-soaked, hell-for-leather cover of Eddie Cochran’s teenage lament Summertime Blues, Blue Cheer’s definitive sonic manifesto Vincebus Eruptum arrived in 1968. It was the blues defined by acid-fried biker goons, and it changed the world. Two years later, the band was effectively over, its members shell-shocked, disillusioned, ripped-off and super-freaked. And it would take 40 years for them to put all the pieces back together.

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Peter, Sue and Marc  (were a Swiss music group from Bern . They represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest four times (and in four different languages, French in ESC 1971 with "Les illusions de nos vingt ans", English in 1976 with "Djambo, Djambo", German in 1979 with "Trödler und Co", Italian in 1981 with "Io senza te") and sold over 2 million records in Switzerland.

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