Parkside Church Interview (Alice/Sheryl Cooper)

This week, we switch gears just a little bit. It’s been quite a few weeks since we looked at any interviews with Alice. Songs and lyrics can be used to paint parallels to scripture, but transformation is most clearly seen in Alice Cooper, the man, not his music. The self-proclaimed ‘poster boy for what you shouldn’t be’, who has fully embraced and embodied the parable of the…

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Nothing’s Free (The Last Temptation, 1994)

This week we again re-visit ‘The Last Temptation’. An LP which is full of insight and direction of Biblical proportion. Alice admits, “It’s a very strong concept album, a real morality play.” The album does a great job bridging the gap between generations of Alice fans as well. It’s a well-received record and a fan favorite. On that album there are songs about choice, virtue…

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Freedom (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

Revisiting ‘Raise Your Fist and Yell’, we look at “Freedom” this week. A song written in protest of the PMRC (Parent’s Music Resource Center), an organization designed to oversee and promote parental control over music it deemed violent, drug-related, or sexual in nature. The  bipartisan Washington D.C.-based group, co-founded by the “Washington Wives”, sought to…

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The Song That Didn’t Rhyme (The Eyes of Alice Cooper, 2003)

Didn’t expect to revisit ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper ‘album so soon, but it seems fitting after this past week’s media circus. This post focuses on a humorous track entitled “The Song That Didn’t Rhyme”. A song, unlike its title, which is actually pretty catchy and has found its way on my playlist from time to time. Alice admits, “it’s just one of those songs that was a joke…

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Guilty (Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, 1976)

Alice’s 2nd solo album, ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell’, was released in 1976. A concept album much like ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’, this record is a continuation of Steven’s story. ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell’ is considered ‘A Bedtime Story’. A realistic story of all the things we don’t want to know, believe, or think about – but we have to. The album, while told from Alice’s…

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Stand (Dirty Diamonds, 2005)

This week we revisit the “Dirty Diamonds” album released in 2005. Focusing on the bonus track, “Stand”, we find Alice teaming up with a unique artist. The song mixes the growling tones of Alice’s voice with his first-ever hip-hop collaboration. The actor/rapper, Xzibit, is the featured performer in the song and oddly enough, the pair masterfully mix together to create…

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Teenage Frankenstein (Constrictor, 1986)

“Constrictor”, released in 1986, is Alice’s ninth solo studio album. The album has him returning after a three year hiatus from the music industry. The product of that time spent away gave Alice the chance to redirect himself – breaking ties with Warner Bros. records, replenishing his health, and focusing on his new addiction, golf. All of these factors helped bring…

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School’s Out (School’s Out, 1972)

In 1972, the Alice Cooper band released School’s Out, their 5th studio album. A follow-up album to Killer, School’s Out reached No. 4 on the UK album charts, No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Top 100. Some, including Ian Chapman, have claimed the album is a concept piece telling the story of innocence lost after the ‘dear old golden…

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The Sound of A (Paranormal, 2017)

‘The Sound of A’ from the Paranormal LP is our next focus. A creepy song influenced heavily by the psychedelic movement in the late 60s – the story that comes with this song is fascinating. Dennis Dunaway, original bass player for the Alice Cooper band, brought the song into the mix for the Paranormal album. The song is reported to be the very first song…

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I’m Eighteen (Love It To Death, 1971)

This week we look at the Alice Cooper band’s breakthrough song from the ‘Love It To Death‘ album. ‘I’m Eighteen’, reaching #21 on the Billboard chart in April 1971, has become one of the most well-known anthems of youth and the feelings attached to adolescence. All the band members contributed to the writing process and Bob Ezrin masterfully edited an 8-plus…

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Hello Hooray (Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)

This week is the last part of three posts looking at the narrative of life as a three-part play. Those acts being the Fall, Redemption, and Restoration of mankind. The previous week’s posts used the songs ‘Pain’ and ‘Novocaine’ to respectively reflect upon the Fall and Redemption of mankind. This week we look at the song, ‘Hello Hooray’ from the album, ‘Billion Dollar…

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Novocaine (The Eyes of Alice Cooper, 2003)

This week is the second part of a three-part post. Last week’s post was about the song ‘Pain‘ (be sure to check that one out if you haven’t already). This week we look at the song ‘Novocaine’ from the album, ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper‘. Another modern-day throwback to the original Alice Cooper band, this song has a definite ’70s vibe in both ambiance and production…

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