Morning everybody! How’s it going? All’s well i hope.
It’s 8:00 am in this side of the world. Just woke up half an hour ago and rolled up the blinds to my balcony. The view outside is amazing.
Let’s begin the day by giving a loud birthday shout out to the one and only Alice Cooper!
“Happy Birthday, Mr. Cooper!”
The American shock rocker who is famous for his stage shows that include electric chairs, guillotine and boa constrictors, turns 64 today!
I still remember the day I was introduced to his music back in my school days. It was at a friend’s house party in Dubai. We were celebrating the first day of our summer holidays with Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” . Since then I’ve been a major fan.(It’s still one of my favorite Alice Cooper songs)
His taboo-defying lyrics combined with violent theatrics such as simulated executions, chopping of baby dolls brought him in the midst of controversies. A lot of people found him to be weird and ‘vile’. But it did nothing to deter his career. On the contrary, it made him one of the most popular singers of the 70’s (and decades after).
Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, into a devout Christian family. When Furnier turned sixteen, he assembled his band in Phoenix. The band went through a series of name changes, from initially being known as The Earwigs to The Spiders and The Nazz, before choosing their final stage name Alice Cooper. Furnier adopted this stage name as his own. Alice Cooper’s “shock rock” reputation was almost by accident; mainly after “The Chicken Incident”.
After his band broke up in ’74, it seemed that Alice Cooper gradually transitioned towards mainstream entertainment. This was indicated by “Alice Cooper – The Nightmare” a conceptual TV special originally broadcast on April 25th, 1975.
After taking a hiatus in the mid-80s (with his alcohol problem and his albums Flush the Fashion and Special Forces failing to impress) he returned with a bang in 1989 with his 18th studio album ‘Trash’. The album which featured ‘Poison’, Cooper’s first top ten hit since “You and Me” in 1977 was seen as his comeback album.
Throughout the late eighties -and -early nineties, Cooper worked with a lot of prominent artistes such as Guns n’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Slash and Izzy Stradlin. By this time, he had become a cultural icon.
Though his career began to dwindle towards the late nineties, he still continued to inspire many artistes such as the likes of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and recently Cee Lo Green.
While he mostly shies away from discussing much about his personal life, he has admitted to being an avid golf player and a supporter of George. W. Bush. He has also, of late, been quite vocal about his faith as a Born Again Christian.
Cooper’s latest work was Welcome 2 My Nightmare in which he collaborated with three of the surviving members of the original band, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neil Smith. The sequel comes 30 years after the original Welcome To My Nightmare. Allmusic gave the album a four out of five star review. He also recently collaborated with singers Slash and Nicole Scherzinger for Baby Can’t Drive (which is a bloody fun track in my opinion. Perfect song for the road lol)
In March 2011, Cooper and his former band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Rob Zombie. Well it was about time!
Love him or Hate him, you just can’t ignore him (nor his “Oh My god!” performances).And i can’t wait for another album! Or a live performance! I can settle for either.
Here’s wishing you A Happy 64th Alice Cooper! Have a frikkin awesome one!
Till my next post,