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Nordicdusk 21st April 2015 11:11 PM

Thanks for that post Suzi we were going through the faces naming them and Veronica Lake was the one name I could not remember and what makes it worse i was only watching her in a film last week.

Susan Foreman 22nd April 2015 08:34 AM

Motley Crue, Still with Alice as support, have added some more dates to their American tour:

October 5 - Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
October 7 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
October 8 - Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
October 10 - Evansville, IN @ The Ford Center
October 11 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
October 13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
October 14 - Buffalo, NY @ First Niagra Center
October 16 - Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
October 17 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
October 18 - Bangor, ME @ Cross Insurance Center
December 4 - Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 7 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
December 8 - Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
December 10 - Saskatoon, SA @ SaskTel Centre
December 12 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
December 13 - Calgary, AB @ ScotiaBank Saddledome
December 15 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center
December 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ U.S. Airways Center
December 20 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
December 22 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
December 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Arena

It's looking less and less likely that we will get any Alice activity this side of the pond this year

Susan Foreman 22nd April 2015 12:59 PM

The discography continues, and again here are two more good songs from 'Love It To Death'

Alice Cooper - Vocals and Harmonica
Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ

07/09 - Second Coming (Cooper)

This is the second of the 'religious' songs on the album

Keyboards are by Bob Ezrin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swJPuN-To24

" I couldn't tell if the bells are getting louder
The songs they ring I finally recognize
I only know Hell is getting hotter
The Devil's getting smarter all the time

And it would be nice to walk upon the water
To talk again to angels on my side

Time is getting closer
I read it on a poster
fanatical exposers on corners prophesized

It would be nice to walk upon the water
To talk again to angels at my side
I just come back to show you all my words are golden
So have no gods before me, I'm the light."


The annoying thing here is that the keyboards at the end of the song finish very abruptly. However, on the album, they lead into 'The Ballad Of Dwight Frye'

The song is a stage favourite, and is still included in the live shows. Any pictures you see of Alice performing in the straight jacket is almost certainly during a performance of this song

When performed live, the song always seems to be edited - the final verse ('I grabbed my hat...') is always omitted. I don't think I have ever heard the full version on stage

Legend has it, that Alice was 'buried' under a pile of chairs when recording the track, which resulted in the claustrophobic panic in his voice during the 'I've got to get out of here' parts of the song

It's been suggested that this is the introduction of the Steven character, and should be seen as the genesis to the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' album

Dwight Frye shouldn't need any introduction to anyone on this forum

The child's voice at the start of the song was provided by Monica Lauer, who was a friend of the band. She was actually in her early twenties when the recording was made

Bob Ezrin plays keyboards on the song

08/09 - The Ballad Of Dwight Frye (Bruce, Cooper)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwPxB_F7ok0

"[Little girl]
Mommy where's daddy?
He's been gone for so long.
Do you think he'll ever come home?

I was gone for fourteen days
I coulda been gone for more
Held up in the intensive care ward
Lyin' on the floor
I was gone for all those days
But I, was not all alone
I made friends with a lot of people
In the danger zone

See my lonely life unfold
I see it every day
See my lonely mind explode
Since I've gone away

I think I lost some weight there
and I, I'm sure I need some rest
Sleepin don't come very easy
In a straight white vest
Should like to see that little children
She's only four years old.. old
I'd give her back all of her play things
even, even the ones I stole

See my lonely life unfold
I see it everyday
See my lonely mind explode
When I've gone insane

I wanna get out of here
I wanna get out of here
I, I've gotta, I've gotta get out of here
I, I gotta get out of here
I, I gotta get out of here
IgottagetoutahereIgottagetoutahereIgottagetoutaher e
Ya gotta let me out of here
Let me outta her
etc

See my lonely life unfold
I see it everyday
See my lonely mind explode
Blown up in my face

I grabbed my hat and I got my coat
and I, I ran into the street
I saw a man that was choking there
I guess he couldn't breathe
Said to myself this is very strange
I'm glad it wasn't me
But now I hear those sirens callin'
and so I am not free
I didn`t wanna be
I didn`t wanna be
I didn`t wanna be

See my lonely life unfold
(I didn`t wanna be)
I see it every day
(Leave me alone
I didn`t wanna be
Don't touch me!)
See my lonely mind explode
When I've gone Insane"

Susan Foreman 25th April 2015 12:40 PM

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As noted in my introduction to 'Love It To Death', the album contains (what I consider to be) one tedious song, and one joke song. This is the joke one!

The final song on the album is a cover of the Rolf Harris tune 'Sun Arise'

Whatever possessed the band to do this, I shall never know!

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ

09/09/ Sun Arise (Butler, Harris)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki6m_za9Zzw

"Sun Arise come every mornin'
Sun Arise come every mornin'
Sun Arise come every mornin'
Bringin' back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise fillin' up the hollow
Sun Arise fillin' up the hollow
Sun Arise fillin' up the hollow
Bringin' back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise, she come every mornin'
Sun Arise, each and every day
Sun Arise, she come every mornin'
Sun Arise
Every every every every

She drive away the darkness everyday
She drive away the darkness everyday
She drive away your darkness everyday
Bringin' back the warmth to the ground

Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Sun Arise, whoa-oh-oh
Ever-y ever-y ever-y ever-y
(repeat to fade)"


It was during 1971 when the Alice Cooper Group made their first appearance in England. On Nov 3rd, they recorded an appearance on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', performing `Under My Wheels` and `Is It My Body?' and the following day they made their live debut at the Mayfair Suite/Kinetic Circus, Birmingham, England where (legend has it) Robert Plant in audience.

On Nov 7th, the band appeared at the Rainbow Theatre in London, with Arthur Brown, and Roger Ruskin Spear as support. This show had David Bowie in the audience, and was the first show to feature a snake. The review for this show appears below

On the 'Love It To Death' tour, many familiar props had already appeared. The show featured the 'Electric Chair' and The Straightjacket for 'Dwight Fry'. Cindy Smith (sister to Neal) who became Cindy Dunaway (wife to Dennis) started to play a nurse on-stage around this time as well.

A sample setlist for these shows comprised of:
  • Sun Arise
  • Caught in a Dream
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Is it my Body-My Very Own
  • Second Coming-The Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • Black Juju
  • Return of the Spiders

troggi 26th April 2015 10:53 PM

Suzi, I am greatly impressed by your encyclopaedic knowledge of "The Coop!" This is one of the best ever uses of a thread in a forum in cyber history, as far as I'm concerned. Thankyou:thankingyou:

Susan Foreman 27th April 2015 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by troggi (Post 446764)
Suzi, I am greatly impressed by your encyclopaedic knowledge of "The Coop!" This is one of the best ever uses of a thread in a forum in cyber history, as far as I'm concerned. Thankyou:thankingyou:

Thank you. That is a lovely thing for you to say xx

Susan Foreman 27th April 2015 11:49 PM

How do you follow up the release of an essential (but slightly flawed) album? Easy - you release an even more essential (and less flawed) album!

1971 saw the release of 'Killer', the second album release of the year by the Alice Cooper Group. It is arguably THE classic Cooper album, and it contains everything from classic rock 'n' roll songs to epic horror tunes and basic garage rock to overblown grandeur

If the band had 'arrived' with 'Love It To Death', with 'Killer' they made themselves at home at the top of their game. John Lydon has described this as being the greatest album ever recorded

The snake on the cover is Neal's snake Kachina.

Dennis Dunaway provided the lettering for Killer, using his left hand (he's right handed) because he felt that gave it a more eerie look.


Alice Cooper - Vocals and Harmonica
Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Mini-Moog

Producer - Bob Ezrin

The opening song is 'Under My Wheels', which the band performed on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', when they made their debut in England

It is very much a stage favourite, and still part of the live show

In 1998, it was re-recorded by Alice as a duet with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses for the film 'The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years'

Bob Ezrin plays keyboards on the original track
Additional guitar is performed by Rick Derringer

01/08 - Under My Wheels (Bruce, Dunaway, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbWE-j9WGoQ

" The telephone is ringing
You got me on the run
I'm driving in my car now
Anticipating fun
I'm driving right up to you, babe
I guess that you couldn't see, yeah yeah
But you under my wheels
Why don't you let me be

'Cause when you call me on the telephone
Saying "take me to the show"
And then I say, honey, I just can't go
Old lady's sick and I can't leave her home

The telephone is ringing
You got me on the run
I'm driving in my car now
I got you under my wheels
I got you under my wheels
I got you under my wheels
I got you under my wheels
Yeah yeah
I got you under my wheels

Telephone is ringing
You got me on the run
I'm driving in my car now
Anticipating fun
I'm driving right up to you, babe
I guess you that couldn't see, yeah yeah
But you were under my wheels, honey
Why don't you let me be, yeah yeah
I got you under my wheels, yeah
I got you under my wheels, wheels, wheels
Got you, got you got you...."


The second song on the album is 'Be My Lover', and this is a personal favourite of mine. Some people have commented that the song is a bit over-the-top at the end with the excessive showgirl campness, but I think that makes the song

The click sound at the end of the song is Neal dropping his sticks. Michael Bruce has met many musicians (drummers) who cover the song and try to imitate the sound not knowing it was an accident. In 1998, Neil explained: "I used to drive Bob Ezrin crazy by twirling my sticks, as I do after every song. This made Bob crazy because if I dropped them, we would have to do the song over again". They decided to leave the "click" in."

02/08 - Be My Lover (Bruce)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCOuxDbuqmc

"She struts into the room, wellI don't know her
But with a magnifying glance I just sort of look her over
We have a drink or two, well, maybe three
And then suddenly she starts telling me her life story
She says

Baby, if you wanna be my lover
You better take me home
'Cause it's a long, long way to paradise
And I'm still on my own

Told her that I came from Detroit City
And I played guitar in a long-haired rock and roll band
She asked me why the singers name was Alice
I said listen, baby, you really wouldn't understand
And I said

Baby, if you wanna be my lover
You better take me home
'Cause it's a long, long way to paradise
And I'm still on my own
On my own

Oh baby, if you wanna be my lover
You better take me home
'Cause it's a long long way to paradise
And I'm still on my own
Ooooooh"

Susan Foreman 29th April 2015 09:15 AM

Two classic songs finish the first side of 'Killer'

Track #3 is 'Halo Of Flies'. At over 8 minutes in length, the song starts with some guitar that is supposed to sound like buzzing flies coming, one by one, to circle around your head. After that, the song makes many musical twists and turns. It's fascinating to hear this develop. It takes about the two-minute mark before Alice starts singing! Despite the length of the song, you never once get the feeling that they are repeating themselves.

According to Alice, the song was an attempt by the band to prove that they could perform King Crimson-like progressive rock suites, and was supposedly about a spy organisation.

Michael Bruce has stated that "the song was basically a mixture of three different songs that the band had been working on, then Alice kind of strung them all together using a central "spy theme""

Lyrics and a melody in the song parody 'My Favourite Things' from 'The Sound Of Music'

An ex-girlfriend of Alice, Cindy Laing, came up with the title of the song

Alice Cooper - Vocals and Harmonica
Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Mini-Moog

03/08 - Halo Of Flies (Cooper, Smith, Dunaway, Bruce, Buxton)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI2TT5L4iEQ

"I've got the answers to all of your questions
If you've got the money to pay me in gold
I will be living in old Monte Carlo
And you will be reading the secrets I sold

Daggers and contacts and bright shiny limos
I've got a watch that turns into a lifeboat
Glimmering nightgowns, poisonous cobras
Silencer under the heel of my shoe

The elegance of China
They sent her to lie here on her back
But as she deeply moves me
She'd rather shoot me in my tracks

And while a Middle Asian lady
She really came as no surprise
But I still did destroy her
And I will smash
Halo of flies

I cross the ocean where no one could see
And I put a time-bomb in your submarine
Goodbye to old friends, the secret's in hand
With phonyed up papers and counterfeit plans
You never will understand"


The final song on side one is 'Desperado', which originally had the working title 'Desert Nights'

Allegedly, this was written about Alice's drinking buddy Jim Morrison (from The Doors), but it's also been suggested that it's about Robert Vaughn's character from the movie 'The Magnificent Seven'

Alice Cooper - Vocals and Harmonica
Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Mini-Moog

04/08 - Desperado (Cooper, Bruce)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_eZAS4dp6s

"I'm a gambler and I'm a runner
But you knew that when you lay down
I'm a picture of ugly stories
I'm a killer and I'm a clown

Step into the street by sundown
Step into your last goodbye
You're a target just by living
Twenty dollars will make you die

I wear lace and I wear black leather
My hands are lightning upon my gun
My shots are clean and my, my shots are final
My shots are deadly and when it's done

You're as stiff as my smoking barrel
You're as dead as a desert night
You're a notch and I'm a legend
You're at peace and I must hide

Tell me where the hell I'm going
Let my bones fall in the dust
Can you hear that ghost that's calling
As my Colt begins to rust
In the dust

I'm a killer, I'm a clown
I'm a priest that's gone to town"

troggi 1st May 2015 10:18 AM

"Killer" is a great early Alice offering, I agree that it's an "essential" if only for "Desperado" and "Halo of Flies"! A brilliant vynyl album sleeve too, if you can find an intact one, for the 1971 calendar.

Inspector Abberline 3rd May 2015 09:23 AM

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