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HEAVY METAL => 70's & 80's Heavy Metal bands => Topic started by: NJFIREFIGHTER on November 18, 2015, 06:22:22 PM

Title: Alice Cooper
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on November 18, 2015, 06:22:22 PM
Alice Cooper probably belongs more in the classic rock genre. But he is always (especially since the 80's) lumped into the Metal genre, so we'll put him here. actually starting out in the late sixties and signed by Frank Zappa to his straight records label. The band released three albums on that label, the third one "Love it to Death" featuring I'm Eighteen would be their break through album. And the Classic Alice Cooper band lineup of Alice, Glen Buxton (guitar), Michael Bruce (guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass), and Neil Smith (drums) would go on to produce the iconic albums "Love it to death", "Killer", "Schools Out", "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Muscle of Love" before the disbanding of that classic lineup. All of these albums are worth having and contain some really good material. In 1975 Alice returned as a solo act with a new band and released 'Welcome To My Nightmare" featuring Lou Reed's backing band members Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter on guitars, the personnel list for this band from there on out is extensive. But after the huge success of Welcome to my nightmare came the albums "Goes to Hell" and "Lace and Whiskey". After a stint in a rehab center in 1977 he rebounded with "From the Inside" in 1978 followed by "Flush the fashion", "Special Forces", "Zipper catches skin" and "dada". Much of the material from Lace and Whiskey through Dada is very inconsistent and often pretty mellow, even on a few of the later ones very early 80's poppy sounding, I have most of these and they have their moments but are far from the material which his reputation was built upon. But if you have extra cash or can pick them up cheap, they are worth hearing. My favorite of that bunch would no doubt be Special Forces.

1986's Constrictor album would bring a return to a more metal sound, heavy rotation and appearances on MTV and a return to the full blown stage shows of the past and resurrect Alice's career. "Raise your fist and yell" would follow with a heavier sound, followed by "Trash" in 1989 and Alice was again on top. "Hey Stoopid" and "The Last Temptation" were released in the 90's with various lineup configurations through the years Alice continued recording and touring. 2000 saw the release of "Brutal Planet", he has released six albums since 2000's Brutal Planet, the most notable being "Welcome 2 my Nightmare" (the sequel to Welcome to my Nightmare) in 2011.

Alice Cooper has just as many great softer ballady songs as he does rockers, and with an extensive catalog as his you have to navigate your way through it and find what appeals to you.

Some of my favorites would be:

Ballad of Dwight Fry: Really cool footage

Steven (live 1990)

I Love the Dead (live 1990)

I'm Eighteen (1970) video

Go to hell (76) cool video

One of the mellower ones, REALLY MELLOW, a lot of the late 70's stuff sounded like this.
You and me:

Cold Ethyl (75)

A wild one from the earliest days;
Lay down and die, goodbye (1970) :

Not that kind of love (raise your fist and yell)
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 30, 2015, 12:08:34 PM
This is a really cool find, 1981 Special Forces Medley on the Tom Snyder Show:
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on June 29, 2016, 06:29:53 PM
Here's a couple of my favorites:

Billion Dollar Babies

School's Out

You Drive Me Nervous

Dead Babies

Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: Eye9 on June 29, 2016, 06:54:10 PM
Love it to death
Billion dollar babies
Welcome to my nightmare
All classics.

The 86-94 period was a big comeback for Alice also. 2000's Brutal planet was quite good too. Still going strong with the full stage production in his 70's with no sign of slowing down.
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on September 13, 2016, 08:04:30 PM
No More Mr. Nice Guy Live 2016
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: InnaGaddaDaVida on December 10, 2016, 07:17:49 PM
Gutter Cat vs. The Jets
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: Eye9 on May 16, 2017, 11:29:49 PM
Alice reuniting with the old band for a five song set in Nashville. They are also on his forthcoming album. I don't why these guys don't reunite for a full tour. pretty cool that they at least did this much though.

Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: Dream Evil on December 21, 2017, 12:43:34 PM
New video for the closing song on the new album. The Sound of A, this is a great throwback classic Cooper song that was written back in 1967 and done with the reunited members guesting on the album. Been listening to this tune a lot, very cool and cool video too.
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on April 20, 2018, 01:52:16 AM
I liked some of his weirder shit too from the late 70's and early 80's period, his heaviest substance abuse period indeed.

French tv 1981 I'm Eighteen:
Vicious Rumors (1981) French tv
Seven and Seven Is:
Generation Landslide:

Generation Landslide Live at the Capital Theatre 1981
Go To Hell Live Capital Theatre 1981
Capital Theatre 1981 Full Show

Paris 81 Schools Out
Pain: 1980
Who Do We Think We Are 1981
Title: Re: Alice Cooper
Post by: Dream Evil on April 20, 2018, 12:21:10 PM
He looks like a punk rocker there, I think that is the era that must have inspired Marilyn Manson lol. Dada and Zipper Catches Skin had some peculiar material but a few gems mixed in.