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Susan Foreman 6th January 2016 04:28 PM

It's been a long time since I listened to the four albums from "the missing years" - 'Flush The Fashion', 'Special Forces', 'Zipper Catches Skin' and 'Dada' - so I am going to be interested in what I make of them now as well!!

However, they are some way off yet, so stop jumping the gun Mr. Dike!

Nordicdusk 7th January 2016 12:18 PM

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Susan Foreman 13th January 2016 08:09 PM

The last song on the album is entitled 'My God', which is a strange song. It's a religious song that stars with a church organ, and then turns into something that The Who would have done on the 'Who's Next ' album!

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Dick Wagner - Guitars, Vocals
Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Babbitt - Bass
Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
Jim Maelen - percussion, vocals
Jozef Chirowski - keyboards
Ernie Watts - tenor sax and clarinet
Douglas Neslund and the California Boys' Choir - vocals

10/10 My God (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWKnkAE54eU

"If I should find myself in blackest night
And fear is stabbin' me all over
A tiny prayer cracks the dark with light
And I hear sounds behind my wall
Inside, a still small voice, it calls and calls
Then like a thunder bolt
it falls and falls
My God!

When life becomes more real than children's games
Or we've become too old to play them
We'll grow old gracefully, We'll hide our shame
But there's that voice behind the wall
And like my conscience it is still and small
Each word is mercy, protects us all
My God!

(Choir)
?

I was a boy, when tempted, fell sometimes
And fell so low no one could see me
Save for the eyes of Him that sees my crime
When sheep like me, have drifted lost
All frightened children who are tempest tossed
Down flies His wrath like an albatross
My God!"


The tour to promote the album was called 'The King Of The Silver Screen' tour, and it was quite an extravaganza (as expected!). The center-piece was the 'magic screen' effect, based on a television set, with a split down the screen, where Alice could 'jump into the programmes'!

Support acts for the tour included BeBop Delux, Blondie and AC/DC

The touring band for the live shows consisted of:

Dick Wagner - guitar
Steve Hunter - guitar
Prakash John - bass
Penti 'Whitey' Glan - drums
Fred Mandel - keyboards

A sample setlist consisted of:
  • Instrumental Intro
  • Under My Wheels
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Sick Things
  • Is It My Body
  • Devil's Food-The Black Widow
  • You and Me
  • Only Women Bleed
  • (fake commercials-tape)
  • Unfinished Sweet
  • Escape
  • I Love The Dead-Go To Hell-Wish You Were Here
  • I never Cry
  • (fake commercials-tape)
  • It's Hot Tonight
  • Lace and Whiskey
  • King of the Silver Screen
  • School's Out

Sadly, by this time, Alice's drinking had got out of hand, and contemporary reviews contained words such as 'stale', 'shallow', lackluster' and drunk'

Because of the extent of his drinking, Alice was regularly throwing up blood before shows, and Cheryl had threatened to leave him. There was only one thing he could do - enter rehab and get sober

The last date on the tour was at The McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, and someone who was at the show says: "I had the extremely lucky good fortune to see Alice's last concert in Denver at the end of his LIVE SHOW tour, which was Alice's final record before getting sober. We had no idea at the time that Alice was slated for de-tox -- we were treated by a surprise at the end of the concert, when the entire cast of the show, including members of opening act Styx, roadies and all, gathered on stage; an announcement was made that Alice was going straight from McNichols Sports Arena to be committed to rehab after the show. Alice was then strapped in a harness and hoisted into the air above the stage, and everyone took a turn spraying him with agitated champagne bottles - a priceless and spectacular memory!!! Unfortunately, I had exposed too much of my smuggled super-8 film recording Styx, and I ran out just at the end of Alice Cooper's set -- therefore I had no way to document Alice's last intoxicated minutes for posterity - something I will forever regret."

Susan Foreman 13th January 2016 08:25 PM

With Alice being 'out of action' while he cleaned himself up, Warner Bros (his record label) decided the time was right to release the First Official Live Alice Cooper Record

Released in December 1977, 'The Alice Cooper Show' was recorded at two special shows, held at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on August 19 and 20, 1977

It's not a bad record, but when the live music is divorced from the visuals of the theatrics, something is missing

The band consisted of

Dick Wagner - Guitars, Vocals
Steve Hunter - Guitars
Prakash John - Bass
Fred Mandel - Keyboards
Penti (Whitey) Glan - Drums

and the recording was produced by Brian Christian and Bob Ezrin

The track listing is
  • Under My Wheels
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Sick Things
  • Is It My Body
  • I Never Cry
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Devil's Food/The Black Widow
  • You And Me
  • I Love The Dead
  • Go To Hell
  • Wish You Were Here
  • School's Out

Alice himself has described this as the one album he wishes he had never made. Talking in March 1997, he said that he was contractually obligated to do a "live" album, but they (the record company) asked him to do it after he had just completed a very long two-year tour. He was very sick -- emotionally and physically --at the time (from all the booze) and did not want to do another two shows to make this album (the only time he remembers not wanting to go on stage).

Susan Foreman 19th January 2016 10:30 PM

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As I have already mentioned in this thread, the album 'From The Inside', released on November 28th, 1978, is one of my three favourite Alice Cooper albums. However, it is a record that seems to divide the fans - they either love it or they hate it

It is a concept album, based on the time that Alice had just spent in rehab for his drinking. Pretty much ever song on the album is about the people he met there, or about his recovery

The album is also notable for having been used to form the characters and storyline when Alice Cooper was featured in a comic book, Marvel Premiere #50.

For the most part, Alice wrote the lyrics, while the music was written by fellow drinker Bernie Taupin, best known for his work with Elton John!

Note: I do not have my notes handy, so I cannot comment on who plays on what song. The entire album features:

Alice Cooper - vocals
Dick Wagner - guitar
Davey Johnstone - guitar
Steve Lukather - guitar
Jay Graydon - guitar, synthesizer programming
David Hungate - bass
Dee Murray - bass
Rick Schlosser - drums
Dennis Conway - drums
Michael Ricciardella - drums
Rick Neilsen - guitar

Producer - David Foster

The first song is the title track, 'From The Inside', and it is autobiographical, explaining how Alice ended up in the hospital.

The line 'Proposed a toast to Jimmy's ghost' is another reference to Jim Morrison from The Doors (see 'Desperado' from the album 'Killer')

The video is taken from the 'The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper' DVD, promoting the 'Madhouse Rocks' tour. It was the first song of the set, and the introduction is made by the Cyclops...voiced by Vincent Price! The vid shows Alice's sense of humour - a reformed drinker being tormented by bottles of alcohol!

The featured line-up is:

Davey Johnstone - guitar
Steve Hunter - guitar
Prakash John ("Johhny Stilletto") - bass
Penti 'Whitey' Glan - drums
Fred Mandel - keyboards
Sheryl Cooper - dancer

01/10 - From The Inside (Cooper, Wagner, David Foster)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxHh0Xcf7cw

"I got lost on the road somewhere
Was it Texas or was it Canada
Drinking whiskey in the morning light
I work the stage all night long
At first we laughed about it
My long haired drunken friends
Proposed a toast to Jimmy's ghost
I never dreamed that I would wind up on the losing end

I'm stuck here on the inside looking out
I'm just another case
Where's my makeup, where's my face
On the inside

You all got your kicks from what you saw up there
Eight bucks even buys a folding chair
I was downing seagrams on another flight
And I worked that stage all night long
You were screaming for the villain up there
And I was much obliged
The old road sure screwed me good this time
It's hard to see where the vicious circle ends

I'm stuck here on the inside, I'm looking out
That's no big disgrace
Where's my makeup, where's my face
On the inside

I'm stuck here on the inside looking out
That's no big disgrace
Where's my makeup, where's my face
On the inside

I'm stuck here on the inside, I'm looking out
That's ain't no big disgrace
Where's my makeup, where's my face
On the inside"


The second song, 'Wish I Was Born In Beverley Hills', is a strange one. I get the feeling that it was not written specifically for this album, but ended up being used for some reason. To make it fit, a verse mentioning 'a padded cell' was added

Don't get me wrong - it is a great song, but to me it seems out of place

02/10 - Wish I Was Born In Beverley Hills (Cooper, Taupin, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gijeXe8Zq2A

"She looked so sleek and sassy
Rollin' down Rodeo Drive
She got her daddy's black Corniche
And a tennis pro by her side

And she wants her mother's lover
To exercise her skill
And if she don't score him fast
She knows that her brother will

Oh, I wish I were born in Beverly Hills
I swear I couldn't drink half as much as she spills
I want to live it up, get my kicks and thrills
Be a gigolo lover and send her the bills

She says that she's an actress
Just never got a part
Well now she's a teenage mess
With a burned out Gucci heart

She cracked one day at Cartier
When things came to a head
They put her trinkets away
And wrapped her up instead

Oh I wish I were born in Beverly Hills
I swear I couldn't drink half as much as she spills
I want to live it up, get my kicks and thrills
Be a gigolo lover and send her the bills

She bit like a dog and she screamed like hell
"You ain't taking me to no padded cell
You better take all your hands off my high priced tail"

Oh I wish I were born in Beverly Hills
I swear I couldn't drink half as much as she spills
I want to live it up get my kicks and thrills
Be a gigolo lover and send her the bills"

Justin101 20th January 2016 11:29 AM

I love From the Inside! However I hate seeing the concert footage of him on that tour he looks like death!

Susan Foreman 21st January 2016 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin101 (Post 475028)
I love From the Inside! However I hate seeing the concert footage of him on that tour he looks like death!

Wait until we get to the live footage from 'The Missing Years'

He really DOES look ill and scary in that

Susan Foreman 22nd January 2016 07:12 AM

The third song on 'From The Inside', is the first of the ballads - 'The Quiet Room', and hopefully it wasn't autobiographical

It tells of a person in 'the quiet room' (presumably a padded cell) who is contemplating suicide, but unable to perform the act

It's a great vocal performance from Alice, and the delivery of the line 'I just can't get my damn wrists to bleed' is chilling

Alice Cooper - vocals
Dick Wagner - guitar
Davey Johnstone - guitar
Steve Lukather - guitar
Jay Graydon - guitar, synthesizer programming
David Hungate - bass
Dee Murray - bass
Rick Schlosser - drums
Dennis Conway - drums
Michael Ricciardella - drums
Rick Neilsen - guitar

03/10 - The Quiet Room (Cooper, Taupin, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYHxpwQ1sA0

"The California air
Your nightgown on the stair
I remember every night
Scenes from home in the Quiet Room

How long have I been gone
Did winter kill the lawn
And all those polaroids you sent
Are on the wall in the Quiet Room

They've got this place
Where they been keeping me
Where I can't hurt myself
I can't get my wrists to bleed
Just don't know why
Suicide appeals to me

The Quiet Room
Is sterilized and white
It's like a tomb
With just a moth stained naked light

Plastic forks and spoon
No laces in my shoes
They all know what I tried to do
Outside the Quiet Room

This quiet place
It ain't so new to me
It's haunted atmosphere
Has heard so many scream
My home from home
My twilight zone
My strangest dream

My confidant
I have confessed my life
The Quiet Room
Knows more about me than my wife

They've got this place
Where they been keeping me
Where I can't hurt myself
I just can't
I just can't get these damn wrists to bleed

A mattress on the floor
No handles on the door
I really need nothing here
I'm alone"


Following this is 'Nurse Rozetta', a very catchy song, with a simple guitar riff. Yes, the lyrics are juvenile, but it's a very entertaining song

04/10 - Nurse Rozetta (Cooper, Taupin, Foster, Lukather))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HQmh9i3p3A

[I] "I'm a shepherd for the pentecost
I got my scriptures and my wires crossed
I got no kids and I got no home
They want us holy men to live alone

Since I've been here for a little stay
I see Rozetta day by day
She turns my head makes me cough
I want to tear my collar off

And I just can't sleep at night
Rozetta dressed in white
She got the Devil's light
Shinin' in her eyes

I screamed my sermon damning sin and vice
When underneath I was a regular guy
My pulpit melted like a block of ice
When a bolt of lightning hit me from the sky

From a stretcher when they wheeled me in
I stared directly in the eyes of sin
Nurse Rozetta standing over me
And I was helpless as a man of God could be

I just can't sleep at night
Rozetta dressed in white
She got the Devil's light
Shinin' in her eyes

Nurse Rozetta, I won't let her
Catch me peering down her sweater
Fantasizing silk suspenders on her thighs
Nurse Rozetta make me better
Secretly my eyes undress her
Let me feel your tongue depressor

I'm suddenly twice my size
My pants are all wet inside

She's so creative with a bar of soap
And so inventive with a stethoscope
To check my pulse she gotta hold my hand
And I blow the fuse on the encephalogram

Satan sent her from the bowels of hell
I should have recognized old Jezbel
I surrendered to my urges felt
She popped the buckle of my bible belt

And I, I just can't sleep at night
Rozetta dressed in white
She's got the Devil's light
Shining in her eyes

I'd lick her nylon seams
Like a hungry cat with cream
Oh, what a vivid seam
And I can't hold back no more
No, I can`t hold back no more"

Susan Foreman 24th January 2016 07:28 AM

The final song on the first side is 'Millie And Billie', another good ballad, but one with a twist - It's about two psychopaths who are in love!

From the top of my head, this is the first time that Alice has performed a proper duet on one of his LP's. The featured female is Marcy Levy, but she is better known as Marcella Detroit, who went onto form the band Shakespeares Sister in the late 1980's

'Millie And Billie' could very easily have been the basis for the film 'Natural Born Killers,' over 15 years later

05/10 - Millie And Billie (Cooper, Taupin, Roberts)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIAqPUmkAJ8

"[Millie]
Billie I wonder why are we insane
Will we ever get better
Will we stay the same
Billie I'm worried

[Billie]
Millie don't worry
No one knows our pain
Being in love is crazy, not alone that way
I know you're worried today

[Both]
God made love crazy so he wouldn't feel alone
He was thinking of us, he was thinking of us
God made love crazy so he wouldn't feel so alone

[Millie]
Billie my mind seems to wander
To events of a night long ago
Driving alone with our guilt well concealed
In the trunk of your '68 Olds

[Billie]
Millie our world's an asylum
And our minds, like you say, ain't that straight
But you know and I know our passion's
Not deformed it's true to say
[Both]
We'll love our lifetime

[Both]
God made love crazy so he wouldn't feel alone
He was thinking of us he was thinking of us
God made love crazy so he wouldn't feel so alone

[Millie]
Billie I dream of our children
They're frightening and gruesome and sad
And I don't want them growing inside me
They're no price for the love that we have

[Billie] Oh Millie
[Millie] Oh Billie
[Both] Criminally insane
[Billie] Oh Millie
[Millie] Oh Billie

[Millie]Oh Billie it's fresh in my memory, The night that it had to be done
[Billie] You with your pick axe and scissors
[Millie] And you with your shovel and gun

[Billie] And I liked your late husband Donald
But such torture his memory brings
All sliced up and sealed tight in baggies
Guess love makes you do funny things

[Millie] Oh Billie
[Billie] Oh Millie
[Both] Criminally insane
[Billie] W'ho Millie
[Millie] Oh Billie

Millie, Millie, Millie, Millie, Millie.................."


Onto side two now, and ...oh 'Serious', how much do I love thee? It's a heavy, rockin' song, which is possibly the fastest one Alice has ever recorded

It's about someone who is addicted to gambling, although the chorus is autobiographical - 'All of my life was a laugh and a joke, a drink and a smoke, and then I'd fall down on the floor'!

The original title for the song was 'I Take That Serious'

Steve Lukather from the band Toto plays guitar on the song

Alice has stated that it's one of his favourite songs

06/10 - Serious (Cooper, Taupin, Foster, Lukather))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEXgJYR8N7E

"When I look back at my time at the track
And I played and I played and I played and I
Was shooting the craps at the back of Fat Jack's
Come on fade me Jake
I'm a Las Vegas dreamer they took to the cleaners
A bath what a bath what a bath I'd take
A fish on a hook I was rattled and shook 'cause I lost my stake
I took that serious

All of my life was a laugh and a joke and a drink and a smoke
And then I passed out on the floor
Again and again and again and again and again

I'm a gambling fool with a roll and cue
Wanna play wanna play wanna play with me
Put my ass on the line, rubbed my nose in the grime
And they picked me clean
The chance and the game drove Old Silkly insane
What a pain what a strain on my brain it was
A fish on a hook I was rattled and shook 'cause I lost my stake
I took that serious

All of my life was a laugh and a joke, a drink and a smoke
And then I passed out on the floor
Again and again and again and again and again

Serious, it was serious, oh so serious
Serious, it was serious, oh so serious

All of my life was a laugh and a joke and a drink and smoke
And then I passed out on the floor, or a friend
Again and again and again and again and again

All of my life was a laugh and a joke, a drink, a smoke
And then I passed out on the floor

Again and again and again and again and again and again
And again and again and again and again and again
And again and again"

Susan Foreman 26th January 2016 06:33 AM

'How You Gonna See Me Now' is the third ballad on the album!

The lyrics are based on a latter that Alice wrote to Cheryl shortly before he was released from his session in rehab. By his own admission, he was worried if she would still love him - 'she had never seen me sober,' he says!

Because of this, it is possibly the most personal and heartfelt song that Alice has recorded

It was the only single to be released from the album, and although it was a hit in America, Australia and the Netherlands, it hasn't been played live since 1980

07/10 - How You Gonna See Me Now (Cooper, Taupin, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HzVccMscRI

"Dear darlin', surprised to hear from me?
Bet you're sittin' drinkin' coffee, yawnin' sleepily
Just to let you know
I'm gonna be home soon
I'm kinda awkward and afraid
Time has changed your point of view

How you gonna see me now
Please don't see me ugly babe
'Cause I know I let you down
In oh so many ways
How you gonna see me now
Since we've been on our own
Are you gonna love the man
When the man gets home

Listen darlin', now I'm heading for the west
Straightened out my head but my old heart is still a mess
Yes I'm worried honey
Guess that's natural though
It's like I'm waiting for a welcome sign
Like a hobo in the snow

How you gonna see me now
Please don't see me ugly babe
'Cause I know I let you down
In oh so many ways
How you gonna see me now
Since we've been on our own
Are you gonna love the man
When the man gets home

And just like the first time
We're just strangers again
I might have grown out of style
In the place I've been
And just like the first time
I'll be shakin' inside
When I walk in the door
There'll be no place to hide

How you gonna see me now
Please don't see me ugly babe
'Cause I know I let you down
In oh so many ways

How you gonna see me now
Please don't see me ugly babe
'Cause I know I let you down
In oh so many ways
How you gonna see me now
Since we've been on our own
Are you gonna love the man
When the man gets home
Yeah.......
Oh so many ways...."


'For Veronica's Sake', lets get back to the guitar rockers!

What can I say? It's another great song

08/10 - For Veronica's Sake (Cooper, Taupin, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx93lMvCDB0

"I got a name and number
I got my bed assigned
I got a dog in the city pound
That I left behind
I'm strapped down and wild-eyed
She's locked up in a pen
She needs somebody to feed her
And I'm her only friend

So for Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird
Yeah for Veronica's sake I gotta get myself out of here

We both been put in cages
We got our shots and tags
I got my sweatin' fist to shake
She's got her tail to wag
She has to bark and whimper
While I could scream and shout
The clock above the psycho ward
Says time is running out

So for Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird
Yeah for Veronica's sake I gotta get myself out of here

And I can see her howling all night at the lonely moon
They're going to give her the gas if I don't get there soon
I gotta get there soon

For Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird
Yeah, For Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here

For Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird

For Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird
(She can get really weird)

For Veronica's sake I gotta get out of here
Yeah for Veronica's sake, she can get pretty weird
(She can get really weird)"


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