1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in D…

1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in Detroit, the son of a minister. Although he sells millions of records, his only No. 1 album is “Billion Dollar Babies” in 1973.

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948)

Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen” from the album Love it to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier’s solo career as Alice Cooper, adopting the band’s name as his own name, began with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2008 he released Along Came a Spider, his 18th solo album. Expanding from his original Detroit rock roots, over the years Cooper has experimented with many different musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, glam metal, hard rock, new wave, pop rock, soft rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.

Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, The Rolling Stone Album Guide going so far as to refer to him as the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer”. Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

On VH1’s “100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock”, Cooper was ranked #20.

Childhood and early life

Cooper was born as Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Ella Mae (McCart) and Ether Moroni Furnier. He was named after one of his uncles and the writer Damon Runyon.

After a series of childhood illnesses, Furnier and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. After Washington Elementary School, Furnier attended Cortez High School in northern Phoenix. He was also a member of the Order of DeMolay. .
Recording career
1960s

In 1964, at the age of 16, Furnier was eager to take part in the local annual Letterman’s talent show and gathered fellow cross-country teammates from the school to form a group for the show. Musically, the group were inspired by artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and The Yardbirds. For the next year the band performed regularly around the Phoenix area with a huge black spider’s web as their backdrop, the group’s first stage p. In 1965, they also recorded their first single “Why Don’t You Love Me” (originally performed by The Blackwells), with Furnier learning the harmonica for the song.

In 1966, the members of The Spiders graduated from a High School. After North High School footballer Michael Bruce replaced John Tatum on rhythm guitar, the band scored a local #1 radio hit with “Don’t Blow Your Mind”, an original composition from their second single release. By 1967, the band had begun to make regular roadtrips to Los Angeles, California to play shows. They soon renamed themselves The Nazz and released the single “Wonder Who’s Lovin’ Her Now”, backed with future Alice Cooper track “Lay Down And Die, Goodbye”. It was around this time that drummer John Speer was replaced by Neal Smith, and by the end of the year the band had relocated to Los Angeles permanently.

In 1968, upon learning that Todd Rundgren also had a band called Nazz, the band were again in need of another stage name. Furnier recognized that the group needed a gimmick to succeed, and that other bands were not exploiting the showmanship potential of the stage. He subsequently chose Alice Cooper as the band’s name and adopted this stage name as his own.

Early press releases claimed that the name was agreed upon after a session with a Ouija board, during which it was revealed that Furnier was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch named Alice Cooper. However, it is now widely accepted that this story was in fact a publicity stunt—Cooper in later interviews confirmed that the name actually came out of thin air, conjuring an image of “a cute and sweet little girl with a hatchet behind her back”. (The name was also once said to be an inside joke associated with a character in the television show Mayberry R.F.D.; Alice Cooper is also the name of Betty Cooper’s mother in the Archie comic strips).

In later interviews, Cooper admitted that “Alice Cooper” was only intended to be the name of the band, as Cooper himself used his birth name (Vincent Furnier) during the band’s early days. However, as the band played more shows, numerous fans were coming up to Cooper and saying, “Hey, Alice!” Cooper was unaware that the fans were addressing him, and was taken aback by the notion that the fans were mistaking the band’s name for his own.

Nonetheless, at the time Cooper and the band realized that the concept of a male playing the role of an androgynous witch, in tattered women’s clothing and wearing make-up, would definitely have the potential to cause considerable social controversy and grab headlines. Cooper has stated in interviews that his look was inspired in part by the film Barbarella. “When I saw Anita Pallenberg playing the Great Tyrant in that movie in 1968, wearing long black leather gloves with switchblades coming out of them, I thought, ‘That’s what Alice should look like.’ That, and a little bit of Emma Peel from The Avengers. Alice has also cited What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as an influence on the make up.

The classic Alice Cooper group line-up consisted of singer Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier), lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith. With the exception of Smith, who graduated from Camelback High School (which is referred to in the song “Alma Mater” on the School’s Out album), all of the band members were on the Cortez High School cross-country team, and many of Cooper’s stage ‘effects’ were inspired by their cross-country coach, Emmett Smith (one of Smith’s class jects was to build a working guillotine for slicing watermelons). Cooper, Buxton and Dunaway were also art students, and their admiration for the works of surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí would further inspire their future stage antics.

One night, after an unsuccessful gig at a club in Venice, California called The Cheetah, where the band emptied the entire room of patrons after playing just ten minutes, they were apached and enlisted by music manager Shep Gordon, who ironically saw the band’s seemingly negative impact that night as a force that could be directed in a more positive direction. Shep then managed to arrange an audition for the band with composer and renowned record ducer Frank Zappa, who was looking to sign bizarre music acts to his new record label, Straight Records. For the audition, Zappa told them to come to his house “at 7 o’clock”, however, the band mistakenly assumed he meant 7 o’clock in the morning. Being woken up by a band willing to play that particular brand of psychedelic rock at seven in the morning impressed Zappa enough to sign them on a three-album deal. It was another Zappa signed act, the all-female GTOs, who liked to “dress the Cooper boys up like full size barbie dolls”, that played a major role in developing the band’s early onstage look. Cooper’s first album Pretties for You was released in 1969 and the album had a slight psychedelic feel to the album. Although it touched the US charts for one week at #193, ultimately met with critical and commercial failure.

After an unrehearsed stage routine involving Cooper and a live chicken garnered attention from the press, the band decided to capitalize on tabloid sensationalism, creating in the cess a new subgenre, shock rock. Cooper claims that the infamous ‘Chicken Incident’, which took place at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969, was in fact an accident. A chicken somehow made its way on stage during Cooper’s performance; not having any experience around farm animals, Cooper presumed that, since the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly.

The next day, the incident made the front page of many national newspapers, and Zappa phoned him to ask if the story, which reported that Cooper had bitten the head off the chicken and drunk its blood on stage, was true. Cooper denied the rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, “Well, whatever you do, don’t tell anyone you didn’t do it”,

Despite the publicity the band received from the Chicken Incident, their stronger second album, Easy Action, released in 1970, met with the same fate as its predecessor. Music label Warner Bros. Records then purchased Straight Records from Frank Zappa, and the Alice Cooper group was set to receive a higher level of motion from the more major label. It was around this time that the band, fed up with Californians’ indifference to their act, relocated to Cooper’s birthplace, Detroit, where their bizarre stage act was much better received. Detroit would remain their steady home base until 1972. “LA just didn’t get it. They were all on the wrong drug for us. They were on acid and we were basically drinking beer. We fit much more in Detroit than we did anywhere else…”
1970s

In 1970, after two failed albums, the Alice Cooper group was teamed up with fledgling ducer Bob Ezrin for their third album, the last in their contract with Straight Records, and the band’s last chance to create a hit. That hit soon came with the single “I’m Eighteen”, released in November 1970, which reached number 21 in the Billboard Hot 100. The album that followed, Love it to Death, released in February 1971, ved to be their breakthrough record, reaching number 35 in the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts. It would be the first of eleven

Sporting tight sequined costumes by the minent rock fashion designer Cindy Dunaway (sister of band member Neal Smith, and wife of band member Dennis Dunaway) and stage shows that involved mock fights and Gothic torture modes being imposed on Cooper, the androgynous stage role now presented a villainous side which posed a potential threat to modern society. With Cooper needing to be punished for his immoral ways, the first of a number of methods of execution were incorporated into the show: the Electric Chair. The success of the band’s single, the album, and their tour of 1971, which saw their first and hugely successful tour of Europe (audience members reportedly included Elton John and David Bowie), vided enough encouragement for Warner Bros. to offer the band a new multi-album contract.

Their follow-up album Killer, released in late 1971, continued the commercial success of Love It To Death and included further single success with “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover” in early 1972, and “Halo Of Flies”, which became a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands. Thematically, Killer expanded on the villainous side of Cooper’s androgynous stage role, with its music becoming the soundtrack to the group’s morality-based stage show, which by then featured a boa constrictor hugging Cooper onstage and the murderous axe chopping of bloodied dead baby dolls. In addition, the method of execution had developed into death by hanging: The Gallows. By mid-1972, the Alice Cooper show had become infamous, but what the band really needed was a big hit single.

That summer saw the release of the appriately titled single “School’s Out”. It went Top 10 in the US, was a #1 single in the UK, and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. School’s Out the album reached #2 on the US charts and sold over a million copies. The band now relocated to their new mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. With Cooper’s on-stage androgynous persona completely replaced with brattiness and machismo, the band’s traveling carnival of filth and terror cemented their success with subsequent tours in the US and Europe, and won over devoted fans in droves while at the same time horrifying parents and outraging the social establishment.

In England, Mary Whitehouse, a well known campaigner for values of morality and decency, succeeded in having the BBC ban the video for “School’s Out” around this time, Mick Mashbir was added to the band (who also played, without credit, on Muscle of Love).

With a string of successful concept albums and several hit singles, the band continued their grueling schedule and toured the US once again. Continued attempts by politicians and pressure groups to ban their shocking act only served to fuel the myth of Alice Cooper further and generate even greater public interest. Their 1973 US tour broke box office records previously set by The Rolling Stones and raised rock theatrics to new heights; the multi-level stage show by then featured numerous special effects, including Billion Dollar Bills, decapitated baby dolls and mannequins, a dental psychosis scene complete with dancing teeth, and the ultimate execution p and highlight of the show: the guillotine. The guillotine and other stage effects were designed for the band by magician James Randi, who appeared on stage during some of the shows as executioner. The Alice Cooper group had now reached its peak and it was among the most visible and successful acts in the industry. (Cooper’s stage antics would influence a host of later bands, including, among others, Kiss, Blue Öyster Cult, GWAR, W.A.S.P. and, later, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.) Beneath the surface, however, the repetitive schedule of recording and touring had begun to take its toll on the band, and Cooper, who was under the constant pressure of getting into character for that night’s show, was consistently sighted nursing a can of beer.

Muscle of Love, released at the end of 1973, was to be the last studio album from the classic line-up, and marked Alice Cooper’s last UK Top 20 single of the 1970s with “Teenage Lament ’74”. A theme song was recorded for the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, but a different song of the same name by Lulu was chosen instead. By 1974, the Muscle of Love album had not matched the top-charting success of its predecessor, and the band began to have constant disagreements. Cooper wanted to retain the theatrics in the show that had brought them so much attention, while the rest of the group thought they should be toned down so that they could concentrate more on the music which had given them credibility. Largely as a result of this difference of opinion, the band decided to take a much-needed hiatus.

During this time, Cooper relocated back to Los Angeles and started appearing regularly on TV shows such as Hollywood Squares, and Warner Bros. released the Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits compilation album which featured classic artwork and which performed better than Muscle of Love, reaching the US Top 10. However, the band’s feature film Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper (mainly concert footage with a faint storyline and ‘comedic’ sketches woven throughout), released on a minor theatrical run mostly to drive-in theaters, saw little box office success.

As some of the Alice Cooper band’s members had begun recording solo albums Cooper decided to do the same himself, and 1975 saw the release of his first solo album Welcome To My Nightmare. Its success marked the final break with the original members of the band, with Cooper collaborating with their ducer Bob Ezrin who recruited Lou Reed’s backing band, including guitarist Dick Wagner to play on the album. Spearheaded by the US Top 20 hit “Only Women Bleed”, a ballad, the album was released by Atlantic Records in March of that year and became a Top 10 hit for Cooper. It was a concept album, based on the nightmare of a child named Steven, featuring narration by classic horror movie film star Vincent Price (several years after Welcome To My Nightmare, he guested on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”), and serving as the soundtrack to Cooper’s new stage show, which now included more theatrics than ever (including an eight foot tall furry Cyclops which Cooper decapitates and kills).

However, by this time alcohol was clearly affecting Cooper’s performances. During the Welcome to My Nightmare tour in Vancouver, and only a few songs into the routine, Cooper tripped over a footlight, staggered a few paces, lost his bearings and plunged head first off the stage and onto the concrete floor of the Pacific Colosseum. Some fans, thinking it was all part of the act, reached through the barriers to pull at his blood-matted hair before bouncers could pull him away for help. He was taken to a local hospital, where medical staff stitched his head wound and vided him with a skullcap. Cooper returned to the venue a couple of hours later and tried to perform a couple of more songs, but within minutes he had to call it a night. The opening act, Suzi Quatro, had already left the building and the remainder of the concert was cancelled.

Accompanying the album and stage show was the TV special The Nightmare, starring Cooper and Vincent Price in person, which aired on US prime-time TV in April 1975. The Nightmare, the first rock music video album ever made (it was later released on home video in 1983 and gained a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Long Form Music Video), was regarded as another groundbreaking moment in rock history. Adding to all that, a concert film, also called Welcome to My Nightmare and filmed live at London’s Wembley Arena in September 1975, was released to theaters in 1976. Though it failed at the box office, it later became a midnight movie favorite and a cult classic. Such was the immense success of this solo ject that Cooper decided to continue alone as a solo artist, and the original band became officially defunct. It was also during this time that Cooper co-founded the legendary drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, which gave him yet another reason to indulge his continued ample appetite for alcohol.

Following the 1976 US #12 hit “I Never Cry”,

The subsequent tour’s stage show was based inside an asylum, and was filmed for Cooper’s first home video release, The Strange Case of Alice Cooper, in 1979. Around this time, Cooper performed “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “You and Me”, and “School’s Out” on The Muppet Show (episode # 307) on March 28, 1978 (he played one of the devil’s henchmen trying to dupe Kermit the Frog and Gonzo into selling their souls). He also appeared in an against-type casting in the campy role of a piano playing, disco bellboy in Mae West’s final film, Sextette. Cooper also led celebrities in raising money to remodel the famous Hollywood Sign in California. Cooper himself contributed over $27,000 to the ject, buying an O in the sign in memory of friend and comedian Groucho Marx.
1980s

Cooper’s albums from the beginning of the 1980s, Flush the Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa, were not as commercially successful as his past releases, and Cooper has claimed that, suffering from acute alcoholic amnesia, he has no recollection of recording the latter two of these albums. Flush the Fashion, duced by Queen ducer Roy Thomas Baker, had a thick, edgy New Wave musical sound that baffled even long-time fans, though it still yielded the US Top 40 hit “(We’re All) Clones”. The album Special Forces featured a more aggressive but consistent form of New Wave style, and included a new version of “Generation Landslide”. The following album, Zipper Catches Skin was a more power pop-oriented recording, with lots of quirky high-energy guitar-driven songs. While those three albums engaged the experimental New Wave sound with energetic results, 1983 marked the return collaboration of ducer Bob Ezrin and guitarist Dick Wagner with the haunting epic DaDa, the final album in his Warner Bros. contract.

In 1983, after the recording of DaDa, Cooper was re-hospitalized for alcoholism. In a deathly state of health, he relocated back to Phoenix, Arizona, in order to try and save his marriage from collapse and so that he could receive the support of family and friends. Cooper was finally clean and sober by the time DaDa and The Nightmare home video (of his 1975 TV Special) were released in the fall of that year; however, both releases performed below expectations. Even with The Nightmare scoring a nomination for 1984’s Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video (he lost to Duran Duran), it was not enough for Warner Bros. to keep Cooper on their books, and, in 1984, Cooper became, for the first time in his career, a free agent.

After over a year on hiatus, during which time he spent being a full-time father, perfecting his golf swing everyday on the golf course, and also finding time to star in the Spanish B-grade horror movie duction Monster Dog, Cooper sought to pick up the pieces of his musical career, and in 1985 he met and began writing songs with guitarist Kane Roberts. Cooper was subsequently signed to MCA Records, and appeared as guest vocalist on Twisted Sister’s song “Be Chrool To Your Scuel”. A video was made for the song, featuring Cooper donning his black snake-eyes make-up for the first time since 1979, but any publicity it may have given to Cooper’s return to the music scene was cut short as the video was mptly banned due to its graphically gory make-up (by Tom Savini) of the innumerable zombies in the video and their insatiable appetite for gorging on human flesh.

In 1986, Alice Cooper officially returned to the music industry with the album Constrictor. The album spawned the hits “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” (the theme song for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives; in the video of the song Cooper was given a cameo role as a deranged psychiatrist) and the fan favorite “Teenage Frankenstein”. The Constrictor album was a catalyst for Cooper to make (for the first time since the 1982 Special Forces tour) a triumphant return to the road, on a tour appriately entitled The Nightmare Returns. The Detroit leg of this tour, which took place at the end of October 1986 during Halloween, sees a reborn and sober Cooper who is leaner, meaner, fitter and in imperious form, and demonstrating a complete mastery over the stage and his music, in a series of meticulously choreographed and flawlessly executed songs that span his career up to that point, and which feature his full repertoire of stunts, special effects, darkly black humour, horror and gore. The Constrictor album was followed by Raise Your Fist and Yell in 1987, which had an even rougher sound than its predecessor, as well the Cooper classic “Freedom”. The subsequent tour of Raise Your Fist and Yell, which was heavily inspired by the slasher horror movies of the time such as the Friday the 13th series and Nightmare on Elm Street, served up a similar shocking spectacle as its predecessor, and courted the kind of controversy, especially in Europe, that recalled the public outrage caused by Cooper’s public performances in America in the early 1970s.

In Britain, Labour M.P. David Blunkett called for the show to be banned, saying “I’m horrified by his behaviour – it goes beyond the bounds of entertainment”. Needless to say the attendant publicity served only to increase public interest and ensure that the tour was completely sold out.

Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell were recorded with lead guitarist Kane Roberts and bassist Kip Winger, both of whom would leave the band by the end of 1988 (although Kane Roberts played guitar on “Bed Of Nails” on 1989’s album Trash). Roberts would continue as a solo artist while Kip Winger would go on to form Winger.

In 1987, Cooper made a brief appearance as a vagrant in the horror movie Prince of Darkness, directed by John Carpenter. His role had no lines and consisted of generally menacing the tagonists before eventually impaling one of them with a bicycle frame. Cooper also appeared at WrestleMania III, escorting wrestler Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts to the ring. After the match was over, Cooper got involved and threw Jake’s snake Damien at The Honky Tonk Man’s manager Jimmy Hart. Jake considered the involvement of Cooper to be an honor, as he had idolized Cooper in his youth and was still a huge fan.

In 1988 Cooper’s contract with MCA Records expired and he signed with Epic Records. Then, in 1989, his career finally experienced a real revival with the Desmond Child duced album Trash, which spawned a hit single “Poison”, which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the US, and a worldwide arena tour.
1990s

1991 saw the release of Cooper’s 19th studio album Hey Stoopid’; however, amid the grunge rock explosion, it failed to have the same commercial impact as its predecessor, Trash, though several of rock music’s glitterati again guested on the record. The same year also saw the release of the video Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts which chronicled his entire career using in depth interviews with Cooper himself, Bob Ezrin, and Shep Gordon. One critic has noted how Prime Cuts demonstrates how Cooper had used (in contrast to similar artists who succeeded him) themes of satire and moralisation to such good effect throughout his career.

By the early 1990s Cooper had become a genuine cultural icon, guesting on records by the most successful bands of the time, such as the Guns N’ Roses album Use Your Illusion I, (on which he shared vocal duties with Axl on the track “The Garden”); making a brief appearance as the abusive stepfather of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street film Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991); and making a famous cameo appearance in the 1992 comedy film Wayne’s World, in which he and his band intellectually discuss (after a performance of the song “Feed My Frankenstein” from Hey Stoopid) the history of Milwaukee in surprising depth. In a now famous scene, the movie’s main characters Wayne and Garth, on seeing Cooper, kneel and bow reverently before him while chanting “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” He later makes a appearance on That 70s Show.

Cooper released in 1994 The Last Temptation, his first concept album since DaDa, which dealt with issues of faith, temptation, alienation, and the frustrations of modern life, and which has been described as “a young man’s struggle to see the truth through the distractions of the ‘Sideshow’ of the modern world”.

During his absence from the recording studio, Cooper toured extensively every year throughout the latter part of the 1990s, including, in 1996, through South America, which he had not visited since 1974. Also in 1996, Cooper sang the role of Herod on the London cast recording of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
2000s
Cooper in 2004 on a film set in L.A. He is famous about his likeness with Sejo Sexon

The 2000s saw a sustained period of activity from Alice Cooper. In the decade that he turned sixty, he toured extensively and released (after a significant break) a steady stream of studio albums to favorable critical acclaim. During this period Cooper was also recognized and awarded in various ways: he received a Rock Immortal award at the 2007 Scream Awards;

The lengthy break between studio albums ended in 2000 with Brutal Planet, which was a return to horror-lined heavy metal, with a vicious injection of industrial rock, and with subject matter thematically inspired by the brutality of the modern world, set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, and also inspired by a number of news stories that had recently appeared on the CNN news channel. is executed by Cooper.

Brutal Planet was succeeded by the sonically similar and widely acclaimed sequel Dragontown, which saw Bob Ezrin back at the helm as ducer. The album has been described as leading the listener down “a nightmarish path into the mind of rock’s original conceptual storyteller”

Cooper again adopted a leaner, cleaner sound for his critically acclaimed 2003 release The Eyes Of Alice Cooper. Recognizing that many contemporary bands were having great success with his former sounds and styles, Cooper worked with a somewhat younger group of road and studio musicians who were very familiar with his oeuvre of old. However, instead of rehashing the old sounds, they updated them, often with surprisingly effective results. The resulting Bare Bones tour adopted a less-orchestrated performance style that had fewer theatrical flourishes and a greater emphasis on musicality. The success of this tour helped support the growing recognition that the classic Cooper songs were exceptionally clever, tuneful and unique.

Cooper’s radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, began airing on January 26, 2004 in several US cities. The gram showcases classic rock, Cooper’s personal stories about his life as a rock icon, and interviews with minent rock artists. The show appears on nearly 100 stations in the US and Canada, and has also been sold all over the world. In 2005, Alice Cooper was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

A continuation of the songwriting apach adopted on The Eyes of Alice Cooper was again adopted by Cooper for his 24th studio album, Dirty Diamonds, released in 2005. Dirty Diamonds became Cooper’s highest charting album since 1994’s The Last Temptation.

In December 2006 the original Alice Cooper band reunited to perform six classic Alice Cooper songs at Cooper’s annual charity event in Phoenix, entitled “Christmas Pudding”.

On July 1, 2007 Cooper performed a duet with Marilyn Manson at the B’Estival event in Bucharest, Romania.

In January 2008 he was one of the guest singers on the new Avantasia album The Scarecrow, singing the 7th track, The Toy Master. In July 2008, after lengthy delays, Cooper released Along Came a Spider, his 25th studio album. It was Cooper’s highest charting album since 1991’s Hey Stoopid, reaching #53 in the US and #31 in the UK. The album, visiting similar territory explored in 1987’s Raise Your Fist and Yell, deals with the nefarious antics of a deranged serial killer named “Spider” who is on a quest to use the limbs of his victims to create a human spider. The album generally received positive reviews from music critics, though Rolling Stone magazine opined that the music on the record sorely missed Bob Ezrin’s duction values.

Two of Alice Cooper’s recordings have been voted Legendary Michigan Songs: “I’m Eighteen” in 2008, and “School’s Out” in 2009.

Alice Cooper has agreed to be Wacken Open Air tour held in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. This festival includes more than 60 bands and is one of the biggest summer heavy metal tours in the world.
Influences and fans

During an interview for the gram Entertainment USA in 1986, Cooper stunned interviewer Jonathan King by stating that The Yardbirds were his favorite band of all time. Cooper would later pay homage to The Who by appearing in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who in 1994 at Carnegie Hall in New York, and performing a cover of “My Generation” on the Brutal Planet tour of 2000.

During an interview that Cooper himself conducted with Ozzy Osbourne on his radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper in 2007,

On the 25th Anniversary DVD of Cabaret, Liza Minelli stated that her good friend, Alice Cooper, had told her that his whole career was based on the movie Cabaret.

Evidence of Cooper’s eclectic tastes in both classic and contemporary rock music, from the 1960s to the present, can be seen in the track listings of his radio show; in addition, when Cooper appeared on the BBC Radio 2 gram “Tracks of My Years” in September 2007, he cited his favourite tracks of all time as being the following: “19th Nervous Breakdown” (1966) by The Rolling Stones, “Turning Japanese” (1980) by The Vapors, “My Sharona” (1979) by The Knack, “Beds Are Burning” (1987) by Midnight Oil, “My Generation” (1965) by The Who, “Welcome To The Jungle” (1987) by Guns N’ Roses, “Rebel Rebel” (1974) by David Bowie, “Over Under Sideways Down” (1966) by The Yardbirds, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (2003) by Jet and “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) by The Beatles.

Rob Zombie, former frontman of White Zombie, claims his first “metal moment” was seeing Alice Cooper on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.

In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan stated, “I think Alice Cooper is an overlooked songwriter”.

In the foreword to Alice Cooper’s CD retrospective box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, John Lydon of The Sex Pistols nounced Killer as the greatest rock album of all time, and in 2002 Lydon presented his own tribute gram to Cooper on BBC radio.

The Flaming Lips are longtime Alice Cooper fans and used the bass line from “Levity Ball” (an early song from the 1969 release Pretties for You) for their song “The Ceiling Is Bending”. They also covered “Sun Arise” for an Alice Cooper tribute album. (Cooper’s version, which closes the album Love It To Death, was itself a cover of a Rolf Harris song.)

In 1999 Cleopatra Records released Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper featuring a number of contributions from rock and metal all-star collaborations, including Dave Mustaine, Roger Daltrey, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Bruce Dickinson, and Steve Jones. The album was notable for the fact that it was possible to assemble a different supergroup for each cover version on the record, which gave an indication of the depth of esteem in which Cooper is held by other eminent musicians within the music industry.

Heavy metal rocker Jon Mikl Thor, also known as Thor, stated in an interview that Alice Cooper was his idol and hero.

A song by alternative rock group They Might Be Giants from their 1994 album John Henry entitled “Why Must I Be Sad?” mentions 13 Cooper songs, and has been described as being “from the perspective of a kid who hears all of his unspoken sadness given voice in the music of Alice Cooper; Alice says everything the kid has been wishing he could say about his alienated, frustrated, teenage world”.

Such unlikely non-musician fans of Cooper included Groucho Marx and Mae West, who both reportedly saw the early shows as a form of vaudeville revue,
Personal life

In the period when the Alice Cooper group was signed to Frank Zappa’s Straight label, Miss Christine of the GTOs became Cooper’s girlfriend. Miss Christine (real name: Christine Frka), who had actually recommended Zappa to the group, died on November 5, 1972 of an overdose. The couple has remained together since. In a 2002 television interview, Cooper claimed that he had “never cheated” on his wife in all the time they had been together. In the same interview, he also claimed that the secret to a lasting and successful relationship is to continue going out on dates with your partner. The couple have three children: elder daughter Calico Cooper (born 1981), an actress and singer who has been performing in the Alice Cooper show since 2000; son Dash (b. 1985), a student at Arizona State University, and also plays in a band called Runaway Phoenix; and younger daughter Sonora Rose (b. 1993).

Cooper, a huge fan of The Simpsons, was asked to contribute a storyline for the September 2004 edition of Bongo Comics’s Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, a special Monsters of Rock issue that also included stories plotted by Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Pat Boone. Cooper’s story featured Homer Simpson being a Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th style killer and Alice and the citizens of Springfield are being stalked by Homer.

On June 20, 2005, ahead of his June–July 2005 tour, Cooper had a wide-ranging interview with interviewer of celebrities Andrew Denton for the Australian ABC Television’s Enough Rope. Cooper discussed various issues during a revealing and frank talk, including the horrors of acute alcoholism and his subsequent cure, being a Christian, and his social and work relationship with his family.

In 1986, Megadeth were asked to open for Cooper for dates on his US tour. After noticing the hardcore drug and alcohol abuse in the band, Cooper personally apached them to try to help them control their demons, and he has stayed close to front man Dave Mustaine ever since; Mustaine in fact considers him his “Godfather”.

The actual ownership of the Alice Cooper name is often cited
Religion and politics

Although he originally tended to shy away from speaking publicly about his religious beliefs, Cooper has in recent years been quite vocal about his faith as a born-again Christian.

When asked by the British Sunday Times newspaper in 2001 how a shock-rocker could be a Christian, Cooper is credited with viding this response “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion!”

Throughout his career, Cooper’s philosophy regarding politics is that it should not be mixed with rock music, and he has consistently kept his political views to himself, sometimes even speaking out against musicians who mote or opine on politics. He ved his disgust for musicians mixing their music with politics, in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, 2004, when he declared that the then crop of rock stars campaigning for and touring on behalf of Democratic candidate John Kerry were “treasonous morons”.
Love of golf

Cooper has on several occasions credited golf as having played a major role in helping him to overcome his addiction to alcohol, He won his match on the first day, but lost his match on day two. The competition was shown live on UK television, and commentators made numerous references to Cooper being the best player, and to the fact that he played the game six days a week back home in Arizona. In an interview with VH1, friend and fellow golfer Pat Boone said that Cooper was “‘this close’ to being a “.

Studio albums
Alice Cooper Group
Year     Album details     Peak chart positions     Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
UK
AUS
AUT
NET
CAN
FIN
FRA
ITA
NZ
NOR
SWE
SWI
GER

1969     Pretties for You

* Released: August 1969
* Label: Straight

193     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1970     Easy Action

* Released: June 1970
* Label: Straight, Enigma Retro

—     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1971     Love It to Death

* Released: January 12, 1971
* Label: Straight, Warner Brothers

35     28     —     —     —     39     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —

* US: Platinum

1971     Killer

* Released: November 1971
* Label: Warner Bros.

21     27     —     —     —     11     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —

* US: Platinum

1972     School’s Out

* Released: June 1972
* Label: Warner Bros.

2     4     —     3     —     1     —     —     —     —     8     —     —     —

* US: Platinum

1973     Billion Dollar Babies

* Released: February 25, 1973
* Label: Warner Bros.

1     1     —     4     —     2     —     —     —     —     6     —     —     —

* US: Platinum

1973     Muscle of Love

* Released: November 1973
* Label: Warner Bros.

10     34     —     —     —     4     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —

* US: Gold

“—” denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
Solo Career
Year     Album details     Peak chart positions     Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
UK
AUS
AUT
NET
CAN
FIN
FRA
ITA
NZ
NOR
SWE
SWI
GER

1975     Welcome to My Nightmare

* Released: February 1975
* Label: Atlantic, Anchor, ABC

5     19     —     —     —     2     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —

* US: Platinum
* UK: Silver
* CAN: 2x Platinum

1976     Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

* Released: June 25, 1976
* Label: Warner Bros.

27     23     —     —     —     23     —     —     —     —     —     47     —     —

* US: Gold
* CAN: Platinum

1977     Lace and Whiskey

* Released: April 29, 1977
* Label: Warner Bros.

42     33     —     —     —     27     —     —     —     —     —     43     —     —
1978     From the Inside

* Released: November 1978
* Label: Warner Bros.

68     61     —     —     —     60     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1980     Flush the Fashion

* Released: April 28, 1980
* Label: Warner Bros.

40     56     —     —     —     19     —     —     —     —     32     34     —     —

* CAN: Gold

1981     Special Forces

* Released: September 1981
* Label: Warner Bros.

125     96     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1982     Zipper Catches Skin

* Released: August 25, 1982
* Label: Warner Bros.

—     —     —     —     —     94     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1983     DaDa

* Released: September 28, 1983
* Label: Warner Bros.

—     93     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1986     Constrictor

* Released: September 22, 1986
* Label: MCA

59     41     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     17     —     —

* CAN: Gold

1987     Raise Your Fist and Yell

* Released: September 28, 1987
* Label: MCA

73     48     —     —     —     66     —     —     —     —     —     15     —     —

* CAN: Gold

1989     Trash

* Released: July 25, 1989
* Label: Epic

20     2     5     4     —     19     —     —     —     —     4     6     10     —

* US: Platinum
* SWI: Gold
* AUT: Gold
* CAN: Platinum
* FIN: Platinum
* GER: Gold

1991     Hey Stoopid

* Released: July 2, 1991
* Label: Epic

47     4     15     5     —     23     —     —     —     —     36     9     7     —

* UK: Silver
* CAN: Platinum

1994     The Last Temptation

* Released: July 12, 1994
* Label: Epic

68     6     15     24     73     70     —     —     —     —     20     19     13     18
2000     Brutal Planet

* Released: June 6, 2000
* Label: Spitfire

193     38     —     49     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     31     66     23
2001     Dragontown

* Released: September 18, 2001
* Label: Spitfire

197     87     —     75     —     —     —     142     —     —     —     41     98     54
2003     The Eyes of Alice Cooper

* Released: September 23, 2003
* Label: Eagle

184     112     —     72     —     —     40     —     —     —     —     59     —     78
2005     Dirty Diamonds

* Released: July 4, 2005 (Europe/UK) – August 2, 2005 (US)
* Label: Eagle Rock/Spitfire (UK), New West Records/RED/Sony BMG (US), Riot Distributors/Aztec Music (Australia)

169     89     —     66     88     —     —     159     —     —     —     40     —     71
2008     Along Came a Spider

* Released: July 29, 2008
* Label: Steamhammer/SPV

53     31     —     37     76     19     31     101     —     —     33     25     37     26
“—” denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
Live albums
Year     Album details     Peak chart positions     Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
UK

1977     The Alice Cooper Show

* Released: December 1977
* Label: Warner Bros.

131     —
1991     Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go, 1969

* Released: 1991
* Label: Straight

—     —
1997     A Fistful of Alice

* Released: July 29, 1997
* Label: Angel

—     —
2003     Brutally Live

* Released: 5 December, 2000
* Label: Eagle Vision

—     —

* CAN: Gold

2005     Live at Cabo Wabo ’96

* Released: 2005
* Label: Angel

—     —
2006     Live At Montreux 2005

* Released: May 2006
* Label: Eagle Vision

—     —
“—” denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
Singles
With the Alice Cooper Group
Year     Title     Peak chart positions     Album
US
UK
AUT
NOR
SWE
NET
IRE
GER

1969     “Reflected”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Pretties for You
1970     “Shoe Salesman”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Easy Action
“I’m Eighteen”     21     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Love it to Death
1971     “Caught in a Dream”     94     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“Under My Wheels”     59     66     —     —     —     —     —     —     Killer
1972     “Be My Lover”     49     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“School’s Out”     7     1     12     6     —     9     2     5     School’s Out
“Elected”     26     4     3     —     —     5     8     3     Billion Dollar Babies
1973     “Hello Hooray”     35     6     16     —     —     6     14     13
“Slick Black Limousine”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“No More Mr. Nice Guy”     25     10     14     —     —     6     18     10
“Billion Dollar Babies”     57     —     —     —     —     —     —     30
“Halo of Flies”     —     —     —     —     —     5     —     —     Killer
“Teenage Lament ’74”     48     12     —     —     —     —     16     43     Muscle of Love
1974     “Muscle of Love”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“—” denotes releases that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
Solo Career
Year     Title     Peak chart positions     Album
US
UK
AUT
NOR
SWE
NZ     AUS     NET
IRE
GER

1975     “Only Women Bleed”     12     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Welcome to my Nightmare
“Department of Youth”     67     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“Welcome to My Nightmare”     45     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1976     “Wish you Were Here”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
“I Never Cry”     12     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1977     “You and Me”     9     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Lace and Whiskey
“(No More) Love At Your Convenience”     —     44     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1978     “How You Gonna See Me Now?”     12     61     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     From the Inside
1979     “From the Inside”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1980     “Clones (We’re All)”     40     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     58     Flush the Fashion
“Talk Talk”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1981     “You Want It, You Got It”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Special Forces
1982     “7 and 7 Is (Live)”     —     62     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“For Britain Only”     —     66     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Non-Album Single
“I Am The Future”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Zipper Catches Skin
1983     “I Like Girls”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“I Love America”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     DaDa
1986     “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”     —     61     —     —     1     —     —     —     —     —     Constrictor
1987     “Teenage Frankenstein”     —     80     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
“I Got a Line on You”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Iron Eagle II Soundtrack
“Freedom”     —     50     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Raise Your Fist and Yell
1989     “Poison”     7     2     3     3     10     —     3     8     2     19     Trash
“Bed of Nails”     38     38     13     —     18     —     13     —     24     —
“House of Fire”     56     65     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1990     “Only My Heart Talkin'”     89     —     —     —     —     —     47     —     —     —
1991     “Hey Stoopid”     78     21     32     5     19     —     32     22     —     —     Hey Stoopid
“Love’s a Loaded Gun”     —     38     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1992     “Feed My Frankenstein”     —     27     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1994     “Lost in America”     —     22     —     —     —     46     —     —     —     —     The Last Temptation
“It’s Me”     —     34     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
1997     “School’s Out (Live)”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     A Fistful of Alice
2000     “Brutal Planet”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Brutal Planet
“Gimme”     —     103     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —
2007     “Vengeance Is Mine”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Along Came a Spider
2009     “Keepin’ Halloween Alive”     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     —     Non-Album Single
“—” denotes releases that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
Compilations
Year     Album details     Peak chart positions     Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
UK
GER

1973     School Days: The Early Recordings

* Released: 1973
* Label: Warner Brothers

—     13     —
1974     Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits

* Released: August 1974
* Label: Warner Brothers

8     —     —

* US: Platinum
* CAN: Platinum

1985     To Hell and Back: Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits

* Released: 1985
* Label: Warner Brothers

—     —     —
1989     Prince of Darkness

* Released: 1989
* Label: MCA

—     —     —
The Beast of Alice Cooper

* Released: 1989
* Label: Wea International

—     —     —

* UK: Silver

1995     Classicks

* Released: September 5, 1995
* Label: Epic

—     —     71
1997     A Nice Nightmare

* Released: 1997
* Label: Angel

—     —     —
1998     Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces 1984-1991

* Released: May 19, 1998
* Label: Raven

—     —     —
1999     Super Hits

* Released: May 4, 1999
* Label: Epic

—     15     —
The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper (4-disc box set)

* Released: April 20, 1999
* Label: Rhino

—     —     —
2001     Mascara and Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper

* Released: 2001
* Label: Rhino

—     —     —
The Definitive Alice Cooper

* Released: 2001
* Label: Rhino

—     33     —

* AUS: Gold
* UK: Silver

2002     The Essentials: Alice Cooper

* Released: 2002
* Label: Warner Brothers

—     —     —
Hell Is

* Released: 2002
* Label: Sony UK

—     —     —
2003     He’s Back

* Released: 2003

—     —     —
Poison

* Released: March 2003
* Label: Eagle

—     —     —
2004     School’s Out and Other Hits

* Released: September 14, 2004
* Label: Rhino

—     —     —
2005     Collections

* Released: 2005
* Label: Sony-BMG

—     —     —
2007     Pick Up the Bones

* Released: 2007
* Label: Snapper

—     —     —
2008     We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year (Track 2 only)

* Released: October 14, 2008
* Label: Armoury Records

—     —     —
2009     Poison: The Best of Alice Cooper

* Released: 2009
* Label: Steamhammer

—     —     —
“—” denotes albums that were released but did not chart, albums not released in a particular territory, or chart information is not available.
DVD Audio

* Billion Dollar Babies (Rhino, 2001)
* Welcome To My Nightmare (Rhino, 2001)

Soundtracks

* Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper
* Alice Cooper: The Nightmare
* Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
* Alice Cooper and Friends
* Class of 1984
* Prince of Darkness
* Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
* Iron Eagle II
* Wayne’s World

Audiobook (CD)

* Alice Cooper: Golf Monster (Abridged) (Random House Audio, May 1, 2007)

A 4CD audio version of the book written by Cooper, as read by the author.
Videography
DVD and VHS
Year     Album details     Certifications
1974     Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper

* Released: 1974
* Label: Shout! Factory/Eagle Vision

1975     Welcome to My Nightmare

* Released: 1976
* Label: Atlantic, Anchor

1986     The Nightmare Returns

* Released: 1987
* Label: Geffen Records

1989     Alice Cooper Trashes The World

* Released: 1990
* Label: CBS Music Video

* US – Gold
* CAN – Gold

1991     Prime Cuts: The Alice Cooper Story

* Released: 1991
* Label: Sanctuary Records

1999     British Rock Symphony

* Released: 2000

2000     Brutally Live

* Released: 5 December 2000
* Label: Eagle Vision

* CAN: Gold

2005     Live at Montreux 2005

* Released: May 2006
* Label: Eagle Vision

VHS
Year     Album details     Certifications
1975     Alice Cooper: The Nightmare

* Released: 1983
* Label: Warner Home Video

1977     Alice Cooper and Friends

* Released: 1978
* Label: Media Video

1979     The Strange Case of Alice Cooper

* Released: 1979
* Label: Magnetic Video

1989     Video Trash

* Released: 1989
* Label: CBS Music Video

* US – Gold

T.V
Year     Album details     Certifications
1982     Alice Cooper A Paris

* Released: Unreleased
* Label: Unknown

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