Just A Little Bit

Album: Outsideinside (1968)
Charted: 92

Songfacts®:

  • "Just a Little Bit" is one of two Blue Cheer singles to break the Billboard 100, and the only of their originals to do so (the other was their remake of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues").

    Blue Cheer will never be mistaken for poets with "Just a Little Bit" lyrics like:

    You have a strange desire
    When you walk across the ground
    Then you set the world on fire


    But poetry was never the band's calling card. Blue Cheer was all about volume, and "Just a Little Bit" stands as a proud testament. The song comes right out of the gate with distortion, frenetic drumming, and Dickie Peterson's snarling vocals. There's no softening or fade out at the end, either. It ends as it began, a sonic assault way ahead of its time.
  • The reliance on noise in this track wasn't always appreciated. In a particularly harsh review from the era, Mike Jahn of Pop Scene Service (November 1, 1968) wrote of Outsideinside, "Dick Peterson plays bass as though it was made out of a wash-tub and sings very much like an asthmatic frog... Blue Cheer is just not to be taken seriously, not by real musicians and certainly not by those who buy records."

    Despite the critics' feelings, Blue Cheer won their place in music history as one of the formative influences of the heavy metal genre. "Just a Little Bit" stands as one of their landmark songs.
  • In 2004, Rush made an album of covers titled Feedback. On that album, they did a version of "Summertime Blues" that combined the Who's version with Blue Cheer's, closing with the drum pattern from the latter.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About Transgenderism

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About TransgenderismSong Writing

A history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.

Graduation Songs

Graduation SongsFact or Fiction

Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?

Song Cities

Song CitiesMusic Quiz

Nirvana, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen are among those who wrote songs with cities that show up in this quiz.

Steve Morse of Deep Purple

Steve Morse of Deep PurpleSongwriter Interviews

Deep Purple's guitarist since 1994, Steve talks about writing songs with the band and how he puts his own spin on "Smoke On The Water."

Weezer

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.