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Susan Foreman 9th March 2016 05:02 AM

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The penultimate song on 'Special Forces' is called 'You're A Movie' which, for some reason, Alice sings in a poor English accent!

Musically, it's another synth-based pop-rocker

09/10 You're A Movie (Cooper, Hitchings)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxB9MULrkGw

"I fearlessly walk into battle
With a shine on my boots and my teeth
Never flinch, never blink, never rattle
My blood is like ice underneath
Oh, I'm the reicarnation of Patten
And I've got Hannibal's heart in my chest
God told me I would have rivalled
Alexander the Great at his best

(You're a movie)
Quite
(You're a movie)
Yes
(The exception)
That's right
(You're the one o' kind)
(You're a movie)
More of an epic
(Please include me, send us to the line)
Mm, that's right
Very good

The bullets repel off my metals
And my men are in awe when I speak
All chaos my strategies settles
My mere presence gives strength to the weak
For me it seems really alarming
I'm really just only a man
With five million sheep in this army
I seem to be the only one fit to command

(You're a movie)
I'm quite aware
(You're a movie)
Yes
(The exception)
Oh, you've noticed
(You're the one o' kind)
(You're a movie)
A very big movie
(Please include me, send us to the line)
Mm, if you're lucky
I must go now and save the world
Stand aside mere drop of water, let the ocean pass

(You're a movie)
Quite right
(You're a movie)
(The exception)
(You're the one o' kind)
(You're a movie)
(Please include me)
Mm hmm
(Please include me)
(Please include me)
Possibly
(Send us to the lines)
Good man
(Send us to the lines)
I'll be at the front, please
(Front of the lines)
Oh, alright
Follow me

Another day, another victory
Another gold stripe, another star
Really quite boring sometimes
I wish they'd send someone equal to my strategies
What a guy
I'm really quite a guy

Movie, movie,. movie, movie, movie
Movie, movie,. movie, movie
Movie, movie,. movie, movie, movie
Movie, movie,. movie, movie
Movie, movie,. movie, movie, movie
Movie, movie,. movie, movie
(repeat to fade)"


The last song on the album, 'Vicious Rumours' is another post-puck song. The guitars are fast, and it had the potential to be a furious rocker, but something is not right. I think it's the electric drums that let the song down. It's fun, but...

To bring the album full circle, the song finishes with a quick return to the opening track 'Who Do You Think We Are?'

10/10 Vicious Rumours (Cooper, Hitchings, Scott, Pinera)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP4dipnTXkQ

"You feel the knife stuck in your back
You feel it twist and you hear it crack
Can't make a sound for the sudden pain
You wish your blood were Novocaine

You see the smoke and you feel the flak
You're burning up and you're turning black
They say you fell and you hit your head
Your ugly bump is wet and red

Vicious rumours, paranoic fears
Sonic boomers ringing in your ears
All of this is getting normal now
You'll never go back to your farm and plough
Vicious rumours

You're right at home back at William's flat
You heard a sound you turned and shot your cat
Your hands are shaking, everybody sees
And there's a rhythm drumming in your knees

You return into your foreign night
Inside you know something is just not right
Sometimes you duck when you see your pet
Canary turn into a Sabre jet

Shock consumer - you're just an average guy
Swelling tumor pushing on your eye
And now you know why all the headaches come
And why you're getting progressively numb
Vicious rumours

I've been denied, debriefed, detuned
Sometimes I howl right at the moon
My family treats me fragilely
They know my volatility

Vicious rumours, paranoic fears
Sonic boomers ringing in my ears
And now I know why all the headaches come
And why you're getting progressively numb
Vicious rumours

Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours
Vicious rumours

[Fade into..]

Who Do You Think We Are (Reprise)

Who do you think we are
Who do you think we are
Who do you think we are
Who do you think we are
Who do you think we are
We don't care
We don't care"


The 1982 'Special Forces' tour was a very sparse affair, with few of the theatrics. It was also the last Alice tour until 1986

As mentioned, Alice changed his make-up for this period. Personally, I think he is looks scary

As far as I can gather, it was the first time he had appeared in Europe since the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' shows in 1975. The UK shows were in February '82, and dates were at Brighton, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow

Sometime during the European shows, Alice managed to stab himself through the leg with his sword!

The touring band, consisted of:

Mike Pinera - guitar
Sgt. John Nitzinger - guitar
Duane Hitchings - keyboards, guitar (replaced by Wayne Cook (Ex-Steppenwolf) mid-tour)
Colonel Erik Scott - bass
Top Colonel Jan Uvena - drums
Sheryl Cooper - Dancer
Duane Hitchings was replaced by Wayne Cook mid-tour because Hitchings wanted to concentrate more on song-writing instead of playing

A sample setlist consisted of:
  • Intro-tape
  • Who Do You Think We Are
  • Model Citizen
  • Go To Hell
  • Guilty
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Clones (We're All)
  • Under My Wheels
  • I Never Cry
  • Grim Facts
  • Pain
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Generation Landslide
  • Who Do You Think We Are reprise
  • Schools' Out

'Seven and Seven Is' was sometimes included in the show at the expense of either 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' or 'Grim Facts'. In Europe, 'Seven and Seven Is' became part of the show and was played after 'I Never Cry'. In France, 'Guilty' and 'Grim Facts' were not played. During some shows, two verses of 'Vicious Rumours' were played in the middle of 'School's Out'. It was the first time that 'Generation Landslide' had been performed live

Susan Foreman 12th March 2016 04:32 AM

There are two other songs of interest that were recorded at this time. The first is entitled 'Look At You Over There, Ripping The Sawdust From My Teddy Bear' which is the 'missing' song from the 'Special Forces' album

Only recorded as a demo, Alice intended to have it on the album, but the production was running late and Warner Bros. had to have all the credits and song list for the record so although it was included and printed on the album cover, it was decided that the song didn't actually fit soundwise, so ultimately it wasn't on the album. Fans had to wait until the release of the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' boxset in 1999 before they could hear the song

Sadly, it is not available on YouTube, so I am unable to include the recording here

"You got your crust
Turning my daydreams into dust

Oh look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear
Yeah look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear

You're so darn pretty girl
I think you know it you was you
On Monday morning putting back yakity yak

Oh look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear
Yeah now look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear

You take the pebbles from the babies rattle
You make Santa's reindeer look like cattle
You take Tinkerbells rust, turn it into sawdust

Yeah now look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear
Yeah look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear

You take the pebbles from the babies rattle
You make Santa's reindeer look like cattle
You take Tinkerbell's rust turn it into sawdust

You got your crust
Turning my daydreams into dust

Yeah now look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear
Yeah now look at you over there ripping the sawdust from my teddy bear
Look at you over there, Look at you over there
Look at you over there, Look at you over there
Look at you over there, Look at you over there
Yeah look at you over there, Look at you over there, Look at you over there
Look at you over there, Look at you over there
Over there, over there, over there, over there
My poor teddy bear, teddy bear, teddy bear, teddy bear"


The second curio is entitled 'For Britain Only', and was released as a single 'only in Britain'

Of this song, Alice says: "It had been several years since we had toured England, and I was pretty overwhelmed by the great reaction. This is a tribute song to my home away from home"

Eagle eared listeners will recognize a snatch of the riff from 'Guilty' in the song

The 'B' sides on various releases (7" single & 12" Single) were live versions of 'Under My Wheels', ''Model Citizen' and 'Who Do You Think We Are?', all recorded on the final night of the tour at Glasgow Apollo on February 19th, 1982

The song can also be found on 'The Life And Crimes' boxset

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEQFS7VCq8A

"We blasted Glasgow
Invaded France
Assaulted Sweden
Took down our pants
And lovely England
My little kitten
Deliriously
Black widow Bitten

For Britain only, only for Britain, yeah
For Britain only, only for Britain

Jumped on the concord
Ain't much for sittin'
I told my boys, now
No public spiting
No bar room fighting
No bad head splitting
Behave yourself 'cause we're, we're back in Britain

For Britain only, only for Britain

Cost six years of time and space
It took so long to change his face
To redesign this streamline pace
Now strong and sleek but still no taste
Guilty
I'm guilty

Won't go to Hungary
Iran is out
Welcome to Moscow, huh
I have my doubts
Can't get near Libya
That boy's insane
Let`s head to London, where we can scream again...

For Britain only, only for Britain, yeah...
For Britain only, only for Britain
For Britain only, only for Britain yeah
For Britain only, only for Britain"

Susan Foreman 19th March 2016 04:36 AM

In 1982, Alice released the painfully titled 'Zipper Catches Skin''. It's a very plain guitar-oriented album, with the keyboards kept to a minimum. It also saw the return of guitarist Dick Wagner, but he left the recordings half way thru. He has described the album as being "a drug induced nightmare" and in the deleted scenes on the film 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' documentary, he explains that Alice was smoking crack cocaine at the time and had a curtain set up behind the recording mic with a stool on it where he kept his crack pipe; he and other members of the band would sneak behind the curtain to take hits in between recording takes.

Alice Cooper vocals, synthesizer
Erik Scott bass
Jan Uvena drums, percussion
John Nitzinger guitar
Dick Wagner guitar
Mike Pinera guitar
Billy Steele guitar
Duane Hitchings synthesizer
Craig Krampf - percussion

Producer - Alice Cooper and Erik Scott

The opening cut, 'Zorro's Ascent' is a 'back-to-basics' galloping rock song, with a minimalistic guitar and drums line-up. It's a good one

01/10 - Zorro's Ascent (Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott, Steele)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09xd8iMEtxs

"Zorro lies dying In the Spanish sun
All the women crying, especially the pretty ones
He drew his sword...
They came with guns

Stealing is stealing, I've done lots of that
Now reach into my pocket, padre hide this gold pouch in your hat
And let the skinny peons feed upon the fat
It was liberated from some aristocrat, eh?

So pray for him father
Or you need not bother
'Cause I am the fox
And I go where I want
If heaven ignores me
The devil adores me
Yes, I am the fox
And I go where I want

Padre, don't it seem hundred years ago
Before I donned the mask I Don Diego
Now there's only minutes left for the cunning El Zorro
Go fetch my sword...my horse, I'll ride out death. Diablo

So pray for him father
Or you need not bother
'Cause I am the fox
And I go where I want
If heaven ignores me
The devil adores me
I am the fox
And I go where I want

Death you're running closer and I can't keep this pace
Sir, I'm disadvantaged and should I lose this race
Hand to me your deadliest wine, I'll give you back a taste
Before you burn your mark on me, I'll carve mine in your face

So pray for him, father
You need not bother
'Cause I am the fox
And I go where I want
When Satan annoys me
Then heaven employs me
'Cause I am the fox
And I go where I want to go
El Zorro"


The second song 'Make That Money (Scrooge's Song)', started life as part of an abandoned project that Alice was working on in the late 70's - a concept album based on the Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol'. It's a gruff hard-rock song with a catchy riff and a compelling melody. The lyrics are about the pre-enlightened Scrooge, and Alice's growling vocal performance hits the notes perfectly.

02/10 - Make That Money (Scrooge's Song) (Cooper, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CszR7ZvuFNo

"When I was a boy
I never played with toys
Never had a friend
Never laughed or cried much
And when I was a boy
My father was a man
With a strict and sturdy hand
No soft touch

Make that money, make that money
Make that money run like honey on your tongue
Gotta make that money
Make that money, listen sonny, learn to sting before your stung

Now that I'm a man
Every penny has been planned
I'm financially grand
And perfectly greedy
Sentimental fools
I make all your rules
I've got your cash, your jewels
They're all mortgaged to me

Make that money, make that money
Make that money run like honey on your tongue
Gotta make that money
Make that money, listen sonny, learn to sting before your stung

And I know 'cause he told me so
Told me so
I believe him
I still believe...

Give me that money

Controlling all your cash
I could make you live in trash
I eat pheasant, you eat hash
No philanthropy
But when it's time for me to croak
Bury me with all my dough
And where there should've been an oak
My private money tree will grow

Make that money
Said make that money
Make that money run like honey on your tongue

Told me so
Told me so
He told me so"

Susan Foreman 20th March 2016 05:22 AM

The third song on the album, 'I Am The Future', is probably best known to people on the forum as being used in the movie 'Class Of '84' (albeit as a remixed version)

The writers of this song were Gary Osbourne, who was a collaborator with Elton John, and wrote some of the songs on the Jeff Wayne 'War Of The World' project, and also Lalo Schifrin, who is best known for the theme to 'Mission: Impossible'!

This song was produced by Steve Tyrell

03/10 - I Am The Future (Schifrin, Osborne)

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

"When does a dream become a nightmare?
When do we do what must be done?
When do we stand and face the future?
When there is nowhere left to run?

And you got to learn
Just how to survive
Youe got to learn
How to keep your dream alive

Take a look at my face
I am the future
How do you like what you see?
Take a look at my face
I belong to the future
And you belong to me

When does a dream become a nightmare?
When do we learn to live with fear?
When we cry out for some salvation?
Why is it no one seems to hear?

You've got to learn
It's up to you
If you can learn that the dream just might come true

Take a look at my face
I am the future
How do you like what you see?
Take a look at my face
I belong to the future
The world belongs to me, yeah

Take a look at my face
I am the future
Now, how do you like what you see?
Take a look at my face
I belong to the future
And the world it belongs to me
It belongs to me

It's all mine
Just take a look at my face
I'm the future, no disgrace
Take a look at my face
This world belongs to...to me"


The next song, 'No Baloney Homosapiens', is dedicated to 'Steve and ET'. The Steve in question is Steven Speilberg!

It's not a good song, coming over as clunky and tedious

04/10 - No Baloney Homosapiens (Cooper, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWDMqRb6Ee4

"Hey you out there in outer space
You're looking at some style and grace
The blood and gutty human race
Well, come on down here to meet us

And all you sightings up there in the sky
Feel free to drop in anytime
Anytime you're just kinda passin' by
And you get the urge that you want to see us

Oh, we're fun and games
Just guys and just dames
But don't call us names
And most of all, please don't eat us

'Cause we're no baloney, homosapiens
We ain't phoney
Oh we're no baloney homosapiens

Listen, just 'cause you got more ears than eyes
That just gives you more places to cry
And acutely hear all the moans and sighs
Of the relatives of the people you disintegrated

And don't you say we're easy prey
'Cause buddy, that's the day
Your underestimation will defeat you
But don't worry, we're civilized and
We won't eat you

'Cause we're no baloney, we're homosapiens
We ain't no phoney
Yeah, we're no baloney homosapiens

We're black and white, you're green and blue
Well, we're all right, so are you...I think
My blood's thick red, you bleed black glue
So, let's not bleed at all, is that all right with you?

Yes, we're no baloney, we're homosapiens
We're not phoney
Yeah, we're no baloney homosapiens
Yes, we're no baloney, homosapiens
Take it back with ya
We're no no no no baloney homosapiens
No baloney, homosapiens
No baloney, homosapiens"

Susan Foreman 21st March 2016 04:26 AM

Completing the first side of the album is 'Adaptable (Anything For You)' and it is a good rocker. The guitar and drums work well here, and unlike the similarly titled Meatloaf song, it's not a soppy ballad

Lyrically, it's full of television and film pop-culture references

05/10 - Adaptable (Anything For You) (Cooper, Scott, Steele)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXAD8tl0p8M

"If you were Lucy
I'd be your Ricky
When you were juicy
I'd get real sticky
And when you're magic
It makes me tricky, too

Yeah, I'm a Sony
You're Panasonic
I'm heavy metal
You're philharmonic
If you get earaches
I'd turn my volume down
A notch or two for you

'Cause I will do anything for you
Anything you want me to
I'm so adaptable to you
Was untrappable 'til you

I will do for you
Anything for you
Adaptable for you
Adaptable to you

If you do that fold out
I'll scream and holler
But when you hold out
I'll spend three dollars
One way or other, babe
I'll spend the night with you
That's true

Now, you ain't no Hepburn
And I ain't no Fonda
But if you were drownin'
In Golden Ponda
Mouth to mouth
I'd resuscitate with you

Because I'm so adaptable to you
Anything you want me to
I'm so adaptable to you
Was untrappable 'til you

I will do for you
Anything for you
Adaptable for you
Adaptable to you

Adaptable to you
So plug me into you

Say you're Vampira
And needed plasma
And I was dying
From chronic asthma
I'd leave my death bed
To draw some blood for you
Just for you

Because I will do anything for you
Anything you want me to
And I will do anything for you
Anything you want me to
Yes, I'm so adaptable to you
Leave a craps table for you
On a winning streak

I will do for you
Anything for you
Adaptable to you
Adaptable to you"


The following song, 'I Like Girls', despite it's dumb title, is another good rock song, with not a keyboard in sight!

The female vocals are provided by Patricia Donahue, who was the lead singer in the American band The Waitresses

05/10 - I Like Girls (Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Ls2V-L_h0

"I bought a Porsche and I'm leavin' Grand Rapids
Quit my job, quit my school, quit this place
My mama cried, my father was fried
Hey, I've got no time, man
I wanna say goodbye to my babes
I like girls

I dumped on Sheila on Thursday
I'll drop Melissa today
I'll kiss some tears off of Donna
Ask if she'll call on Shauna
Amanda, and Sandra and Kay
I like girls, I love 'em to death

[Patty:]
Hey Valentino! You goin' somewhere?
You wouldn't sneak out on me, would you?
What's that, a blond hair?

He must visualize himself an Errol Flynn

I see myself a suave sophisticated lover
I'll meet a rich hot old Hollywood dame
You see, my ultimate goal
Will be my life bein' told
In a penthouse letter that I can frame and keep at home
I like girls, I love 'em, oh yeah

[Patty]
New luggage? Did you say you were going somewhere?
Oh, just out for some fresh air.
Does she have a nice pair?

He was swallowed alive by the freeway
Turned into an ant on parade
He bravely drove off that beast
Aimed his car back to the east
Why be a snack at home?
I'm a feast, for the girls
I like girls, I really like 'em

[Patty]
Well, well, well. Look who's back. Run out of gas?
[Alice]
Patty, I was just gonna call you. Look...
I left Donna and Shauna
And Katy and Carrie
Melissa and Dena
I just didn't have any use for 'em
I just want you
Really, no really, honest!

[Patty]
Oink off!"

Susan Foreman 22nd March 2016 05:26 AM

'Remarkably Insecure' is a fast paced rocker. However, there is something about the vocal performance that I do not like

07/10 - Remarkably Insecure (Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgO5zlJ0H5o

"Yeah, I'm such a liar
One time I told you
You were the highlight
Of all of my sexual life

While I'm confessing
When you're undressing
I was picking the lock
On your safe with my knife
Einstein

If you're so naive that you believe
Everything I said to you
Well, I got your sex and wrote you rubber checks
Well, what d' ya think I was gonna do

My reputation for exaggeration
It never got to you
That's why I left Duluth
Sometimes I stretch the truth

My dearest darling
You know that luggage
It belonged to the blond with the really nice pair
And incidentally
I sorely missed you
The pain was so hard to bear

If I would rate you
Not that I hate you
But you would end up eighth, maybe ninth in your class
Your build is hot now
If you could use your
Brain like you use your ass

Oh, you're so naive
How could you believe
Everything I said to you

My reputation for exaggeration
It never got to you
Sometimes I'm so uncouth
Sometimes I stretch the truth

Hey, I'm such a liar
One time I told you
You were the highlight of all of my sexual life

I'm remarkably insincere
Incredibly insincere
Totally insincere
Oh don't take it so hard, my dear
I'm consistently insincere"


Much better is 'Tag, You're It', a parody of slasher films (and 'Halloween' in particular). It's a fun song

Many watermelons were knifed in the studio to get the correct stabbing sounds!

08/10 - Tag, You're It (Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY-l7YXBbt0

"Let's assume that he's the groom and he's been waiting
To consummate all night
And you're the bride, you're locked tight inside the bathroom
And you're overcome with freight

Now here's the chiller , he's the killer you've discovered
You're trapped, alone, you're scared
We cut to you, we move in close, you're catatonic
You get a close up there

And in this shot, here's what we got, he breaks the door down
And tears your nightgown lace
You see a can, it's aerosol, you grab the hair spray
And light it in his face

There's a very hungry man in the cellar
Oh, waiting
Or is he in the attic closet
Waiting

Debbie? I like this game. Debbie?
Debbie? Debbie? Debbie?

He blindly grabs you, tries to stab you but you're quicker
You over act right here
You see a cat, a ball of yarn, a knitting needle
His vision's still not clear
He's stumbling 'round, don't make a sound and then he grabs you
"Hide and seek, my dear?"
He shifts his glance, you see your chance, you grab the needle and you
You plunge it in his ear

There's a very hungry man in the cellar
Oh, waiting
Or is he in the attic closet
Waiting

There's a very hungry man in the cellar
Oh, waiting
Or is he in the attic closet
Waiting

And just like the scene in "Halloween" You think it's all over
And you're gazing into space
But you got to make sure, you hear something, you start to turn
And you're standing there frozen staring him face to face
And he looks at you and says "Tag, you're it, Sweetie"

"Bye, Debbie. Debbie, Debbie, Debbie.
Goodbye, Debbie...""

Susan Foreman 24th March 2016 05:07 AM

Song number nine, 'I Better Be Good' is another fast paced rocker. It's good, but I find the musical stop-start structure to be very off-putting

The title for the album is in the lyrics for this song

09/10 - I Better Be Good (Cooper, Scott, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuJpfJBg6h8

"If I ain't cool my daddy gonna send me to Military School
If I ain't nice my girlie gonna freeze me with cold shoulder ice
If I'm real late my teacher gonna use me for alligator bait
So, I better be good
I better be good

If I jump on the gas the cops are gonna jump all over my back
If I smoke too much doctor says he's gonna put my lungs in a crutch
If I'm caught without my pants consuelo's dad is gonna shoot until he sees me dance

So, I better be good
I had better be good
You better be nice
You better be nice
You better be nice
You better be nice
Nice, nice, nice - you better be
Nice, nice, nice - you better be
Nice, nice, nice - Uh, uh, uh, uh
Nice, nice, nice

Na na na na na ni na ni nice
Na na na na na ni na ni nice
You better be nice tonight

If I spray it on the seat lady gonna tie a big knot in the meat
If I spewey too fast lover's gonna stick my Wrangler in a cast
If zipper grabs skin I'll know I had it out when I shoulda kept it in
Ow.

I better be good
I better be good
I better be good
Ooh.

You better be nice
You better be nice
You better be nice
You better be nice
Nice, nice, nice - you better be
Nice, nice, nice - you better be
Nice, nice, nice - Uh, uh, uh, uh
Nice, nice, nice

I'd better be nice tonight - yeah
Nice, nice, nice
Nice
Nice, nice, nice
Nice, nice, nice

Na na na na na ni na ni nice
Na na na na na ni na ni nice
(repeat to fade)"


The final song, 'I'm Alive (That Was The Day My Dead Pet Returned To Save My Life), is another quite enjoyable punk-centered song with its tight riffs and ultra-clean drums. Cooper's vocal performance is another good piece of play-acting

10/10 - I'm Alive (That Was The Day My Dead Pet Returned To Save My Life) (Cooper, Scott, Wagner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPe6L5Q6aeU

"I was just kicking down the street and the sun was in my eyes
So I couldn't see the truck that was sixty times my size
And just seconds off from splattering me
Let me tell you I was so scared I couldn't move like my boots were full of glue
Then I felt a little tug and I thought of good Old Blue
And he pulled me from that catastrophe

That was the day my dead pet returned to save my life
I'm alive
He's alive
I'm alive

I was spitting in the canyon near the cliff up on the mountain
When an unexpected sneeze, hung me in the breeze
At forty five degrees in the sky
Suddenly I felt something had me by the belt
And in between my praying swore I heard a stallion neighing
Was the ghost of my horse
And I cried, yes I cried

That was the day my dead pet returned to save my life
That was the day my dead pet returned to save my life
I'm alive
He's alive
Hey, I'm alive

Things were getting gory, got caught on territory
Belonging to the Crutches in an alley in their clutches
Looking kind of dismal that night
Well the leader's name was Fats swinging broken baseball bats
Things got really frantic starting jumping in their panic
Hallucinating billions of rats
Lots of rats

That was the day my dead pet returned to save my life
That was the day my dead pet returned to save my life
I'm alive, I'm alive, real alive

That was the day my dead pet returned
That was the day my dead pet returned
That was the day my dead pet returned
That was the day my dead pet returned
To save my life

I'm alive, I'm alive
He's alive, he's alive, he's alive
I'm alive, yeah
He's alive, he's alive
I'm alive, real alive
Alive, alive, alive
Alive, alive, alive, alive
Alive, alive, alive, alive
I'm alive"


For the first time since 1976 ('Go To Hell'), there was no tour to promote the album

Susan Foreman 4th April 2016 05:14 AM

The 1983 release was 'DaDa', which some people consider to be a masterpiece. Alice might have been at the bottom of his commercial powers — very few people bought this album and again there was no tour to support it - but this is a very fascinating record. Contained within, you'll find dark, serious themes pertaining to schizophrenia, estranged family members, cannibalism, alcoholism, vampirism, and more. Needless to say, this isn't quite like the jokey albums he had been releasing lately!

Much of the album was done using the CMJ Fairlight computer. For the most part, the drums are computer programs embellished with some live drumming.

The album cover for 'Dada' is based on part of a Salvador Dali painting called 'Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire'. The painting is an optical illusion which shows differing images depending on how you look at it. In the case of the 'Dada' cover you have either two images of Alice-like figures sitting down, or an old mans head.

'Dada' credits include "special thanks to Judge Joseph A Wapner". He was the judge on a television programme called 'Peoples Court'. Alice was a fan of the show.

In 1996 Cooper said that DaDa was the scariest album he ever made, and that he never had any idea what it was about

Alice Cooper – vocals, synthesizer
Dick Wagner - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Graham Shaw - OBX-8, Roland Jupiter, Vocals
Bob Ezrin - Fairlight, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Sarah Ezrin (Bob Ezrin`s daughter)- Dada

Producer - Bob Ezrin

The opening cut, 'DaDa' is a dark and disturbing almost-instrumental piece. The spoken track contains a conversation between Alice and his psychiatrist

01/09 - DaDa (Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjrYYWzJyF8

"(Dada, Dada, Dada)
(Dada, Dada, Dada)
(Dada, Dada, Dada)

[Alice] I don't know what you mean about nasty feelings, it's...

[Doctor] Let me help you out of this, you were starting to feel a certain way, violence, resentful.

[Alice] How do you know that? I told you? I told you that?

[Doctor] That's right, remember yesterday?

[Alice] I don't want to talk about that, I don't want to talk about it. Let's talk about, uh, talk about something else. Ok?

[Doctor] What would you like to talk about?

[Alice] Uh

[Doctor] Tell me about your son.

[Alice] My son, yeah well, he took care of me. He's took care of me for a long, he still takes care of me. She takes good, and she takes care of me. She takes, she takes good care of me. He takes care of me, Do you believe it.
I have a daughter too.

[Doctor] You don't have a daughter.

[Alice] Yeah, I have a daugher, yeah.

[Doctor] A son - you have a son, a son.

[Alice] No I, no I, all I have, I have
I have a son, I have a son and a daughter, and a daughter. No, I have a son, daughter, daughter too, and a boy, and a boy

(Dada)

(Dada)

[Alice] I'm a little tired now

[Doctor] Well that's alright, I think that's enough for today.

[Alice] I'm feeling rough and kinda hungry too.

(Dada)

[Alice] Who's my boy?"


After that, we get to the actual songs on the album, starting with 'Enough's Enough', which is a good song. Alice has abandoned the plain guitar-led numbers from the previous album and returned to doing guitar-heavy versions of synth pop. It begins quirky, but that chorus come almost out of nowhere and takes us on a helicopter ride from hell.

It's been stated that "Maybe "Enough's Enough" be a pseudo-autobiography? I remember that he said at the 1996 Motor City Music Awards: "I also want to thank a little 87 year old man that lives here in Detroit who played left handed Stratocaster way before Jimi Hendrix did. And that man is my uncle Vince who I was named after. He bought me my first rock and roll record which was "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry. And that was the first moment of Alice Cooper, I think, when I heard that record. That was something that was really impressing to me. Just the idea that somebody could sound like that."

There's a line in "Enough's Enough" which said "Hey Dad...Why'd you hide your brother?". I know it's a reference to Former Lee Warmer, but... Is it also an obscure reference to his own uncle? He was the one who initiated Alice into the rock and roll world. Wouldn't Alice's father have had a certain resentment about his brother for doing this with Little Vince Damon Furnier?""


02/09 - Enough's Enough (Cooper, Wagner, Shaw, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM1arHQvkpE

"Enough's enough's enough's enough
This year's been really really rough
Hey Dad...What'd you do with mother
Hey Dad...Why'd you hide your brother
I just want to tell you that I'm really felling bad
I tell you..

Enough enough's enough's enough
Enough enough's enough's enough
I'm up to here with all your stuff
Hey Dad...What'll happen now sir?
Hey Dad...Can we live without her?
I don't need your money, your position or your candy, Daddy
Enough enough's enough's enough

When my mother died, she laid in bed and cried:
"I'm going to miss you, my brave little cowboy"
I saw my father smile (a smile he tried to hide)
He told me "Son, I've really got you now, boy."
Come on, little cowboy

Go buck and buck and make a buck
Wanna show me how, boy?
I wish you lots and lots of luck
Are you leavin' now, boy?
Hey, Dad...try and keep this sacred
Hey, Dad...how'd you hide the hatred
I just want to tell you you're a lousy Dad to hell with you

Enough's enough's enough's enough
When my mother died, she laid in bed and cried:
"I'm going to miss you, my brave little cowboy"
I saw my father smile (a smile he tried to hide)
He told me "Son, I've really got you now, boy."
Come on, little cowboy

Enough!
Enough!

Go buck and buck and make a buck
Come and show me how, boy.
You're gonna need a lot of luck
Mommy's little cowboy
Hey, Dad...try and keep this sacred
Hey, Dad...how'd you hide the hatred
I just want to tell you you're a lousy Dad to hell with you

Enough's enough's enough's enough
Enough's enough's enough's enough
Enough's enough's enough's enough
Oh enough!"

Susan Foreman 5th April 2016 05:16 AM

The third song on the album, 'Former Lee Warmer' is a weird, moody, orchestral-based piece

Some people have read it as a vampire song, while others see it as a song about a cannibal! Personally, I don;t get either of those readings

03/09 - Former Lee Warmer (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzdvZrxWnZ8

"In an upstairs room, under lock and key
It's my brother, Former Lee
All the mops and brooms keep him company
Misconceived of the family

Former Lee Warmer pulls up the covers to hide in his wrinkled bed
No dreams go in, no dreams go out of the hole in his wrinkled head
Former Lee Warmer

When I hear him play in his twisted key
That's the way he calls to me
On a silver tray, I keep the master key
In every way, he depends on me

Former Lee Warmer, an old smoking jacket - holes in his satin sleeves
Candle lit puddles, arthritic fingers, yellow stained ivory keys
Huh.........

In an upstairs room under lock and key
It's my brother, Former Lee
And after all these years, I've never heard him speak
I wonder what he thinks of me

Former Lee Warmer peeks out the window when he feels really brave
Former Lee Warmer waves at his father out in the family grave

He's flesh and blood to me
I, I love him brotherly
But, but I don't want to be Former Lee"


'No Man's Land', is another synth-pop thing, but it does contain some heavy metal guitars throughout

It's an "Alice Christmas song"!

04/09 - No Man's Land (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jILS9QqAO6Y

"I got a job in Atlanta in a mall playing Santa
Not because of any talent but because I was the only one the suit would fit
Everybody shopping, little sticky kids were hopping on my lap with their fingers in my beard,
I guess they thought that I was really it
She sat down on my lap and said to me
"I'm twenty three and I need someone
You look like someone who could play with me
Stay with me, all day with me"

'Cause I'm in no man's land
Can't seem to find a real man
You know I'm lookin' for a steel man
She said I'm in no man's land
I'm gonna show you a real good time
I'd gladly pay you double overtime

She was beggin' to be mine, but my job was on the line
Should I stay or should I go? I just didn't know
...Hmmmm

I left fifty kids standin' in line, they were whining, they were crying
and their mothers they were screaming in hysterics and I swear I never heard such profanity
I dropped my suit on the floor, they were trying to block the door
They were calling her a whore
They were driven to nativital insanity
We drove away in her Mercedes Benz, dirty blond split ends in the breeze
She said "I want to put you under my tree
You're just a little gift from me to me"

'Cause I'm in no man's land
Can't seem to find a real man
You know I'm lookin' for a steel man
She said I'm in no man's land
You know I'm ready for a real good time
I'd gladly pay you double overtime

She had money all her life
She wasn't lookin' to become my wife
She said, "I hope you understand,
I just want a nightful of man, Sonny"

She didn't notice I was thin with a delicate chin
Nor the softness of my skin, nor the scent of my other personalities
She didn't see through my disguise, didn't see it in my eyes
She was in for a surprise when she discovered my emotional plurality
She said "Come and lay down on the floor with me
It's warmer here by the fire"
She didn't know that there was more of me
She'd have to learn to love all four of me

'Cause I'm in no man's land
I'm lookin' for the real me
If only I could feel me
You know I'm in no man's land
Sometimes I gotta play me
It's really hard to stay me
Hey, I'm in no mans land
I'm looking for the real me
If only I could feel me
No, I'm in no man's land
Sometimes I gotta play me
It's really hard to stay me
Oh, I'm in no man's land
I'm looking for the real me
If only I could feel me"

Susan Foreman 7th April 2016 04:28 AM

The final track on the first side of the album, 'Dyslexia' is another synth pop song. A horn-synth plays a disjointed groove and a nice bass-line keeps things trudging along. The melody isn't overly catchy, but the composition here remains pretty interesting throughout. It obviously isn't the album's shining moment, but it's crazy enough to keep the overall album exciting and interesting.

05/09 - Dyslexia (Cooper, Wagner, Shaw, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYVR3hwQ-eE

"Sometimes my world goes upside down
Sometimes I see things backwards
When I go walking in town, can't get back home
Sometimes I see things right to left
And I know that's not right at all
But since I bumped into you, I bump into walls
And no one knows what's wrong with me
They think that I got dropsie

Is dis love?
Or is dyslexia
Dyslexia
Dyslexia

I've got these glasses real thick and green
Just like the bottoms of coke bottles
I stumble 'round my house, so strange to me

Sometimes my world goes upside down
Sometimes I see things backwards
But since I bumped into you, I bump into walls
And no one knows what's wrong with me
They think that I got dropsie

Is dis love?
Or is dyslexia
Dyslexia
Dyslexia

I've got these glasses real thick and green
Just like the bottoms of coke bottles
I stumble 'round my house, so strange to me

Sometimes my world goes upside down
Sometimes I see things backwards
But since I bumped into you, I bump into walls
And no one knows what's wrong with me
They think that I got dropsie

Is dis love?
Or is dyslexia
Dyslexia
Dyslexia, yeah
Dyslexia
Dyslexia, no
Dyslexia
yeah no yeah no yeah no yeah..."


Opening side two is 'Scarlet And Sheba', a power ballad, that starts with a Middle Eastern vibe, before turning into a catchy heavy guitar tune.

It's a fun song

06/09 - Scarlet And Sheba (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PeNSJKxdBc

"Scarlet wants to hold me, wearing just a red veiled hat
Sheba's in the shadows waiting for her turn at bat
In the parlour where the lights are low
A vulture sister act, I watch their show
They're trying to kill me, want to pick my bones
Methodically, erotically

I just want your body, Sheba
I don't want your brain
Scarlet gets what's left of my remains
I just want your body, Sheba
You lock me up in chains
Scarlet, she can referee the game

Scarlet likes to scold me, showers me with all her love
Sheba's in a bad mood, sharpening her black fur glove
With blood and honey attitude
They'll never know my gratitude
I'm crossed with longitude and latitude
Upon my back...with a crack

I just want your body, Sheba
I don't want your brain
Scarlet gets what's left of my remains
I just want your body, Sheba
You lock me up in chains
Scarlet, she can referee the game

I just want your body, Sheba
I don't want your brain
Scarlet gets what's left of my remains
I just want your body, Sheba
You lock me up in chains
Scarlet, she can referee the game"


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