Intro and Altopedia Theories
We're assuming that you already know who Alice Cooper is, we're also assuming you've made your mind up as to whether or not you like this guy, but do bear in mind that, a lot of today's music would be very different, had it not been for him.
Born on February the 4, 1948, as Vincent Damon Furnier, and through his impressive career, he has been; a singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans six decades.
His stage show is a sight to behold, it features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; he has drawn influences equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and Garage Rock to pioneer his own brand of theatrical and macabre Rock, designed to entertain as much as to shock.
Originating out of Phoenix in the late 1960s after moving from Detroit, 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
- Drummer Neal Smith.
This original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music market 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 adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including "Art Rock, Heavy Metal, New Wave, Pop, Garage Rock, and Industrial Rock.
Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of Heavy Metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to Rock n Roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre".
In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1) Pretties for You (1969)
2) Easy Action (1970)
3) Love It to Death (1971)
4) Killer (1971)
5) School's Out (1972)
6) Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
7) Muscle of Love (1973)
8) Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)
9) Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976)
10) Lace and Whiskey (1977)
11) From the Inside (1978)
12) Flush the Fashion (1980)
13) Special Forces (1981)
14) Zipper Catches Skin (1982)
15) DaDa (1983)
16) Constrictor (1986)
17) Raise Your Fist and Yell (1987)
18) Trash (1989)
19) Hey Stoopid (1991)
20) The Last Temptation (1994)
21) Brutal Planet (2000)
22) Dragontown (2001)
23) The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003)
24) Dirty Diamonds (2005)
25) Along Came a Spider (2008)
26) Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)
Members Name Check
- Alice Cooper – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1963–present)
- Ryan Roxie – guitar, backing vocals (1996–2006, 2012–present)
- Chuck Garric – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)
- Tommy Henriksen – guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
- Glen Sobel – drums, percussion (2011–present)
- Nita Strauss – guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)
Away from music
Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restauranteur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper. He's even presented the odd T.V. show, if you get the chance, check out the time he was the presenter for the UK T.V. show "Never Mind The Buzzcocks".
- Diary of a Mad Housewife – 1970
- Roadie – 1980
- Monster Dog - 1984
- Prince of Darkness – 1987
- Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare - 1991
- Wayne's World – 1992
- Suck – 2009
- Dark Shadows – 2012
- Bigfoot – 2012
- Skum Rocks! – 2013
- Super Duper Alice Cooper – 2014