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School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2 (Hollywood Vampires, 2015)

In 2015, Alice Cooper teamed up with a plethora of other artists, including Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Kip Winger (Winger), and many others, to record Hollywood Vampires, an LP devoted to songs and classic artists that have passed away. “School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt.2” features a star-studded roster…

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“Fridays with Alice” is a blog that looks at God’s Word from a fresh, new perspective. It is a scripture-based endeavor. One that will take the songs and interviews of Alice Cooper and apply them to what God says about who we are in Him and who He wants us to be. We celebrate in knowing Alice as a Brother in Christ and are excited to share with you this project called, “Fridays with Alice… The Gospel according to Alice Cooper”.

Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills (From The Inside, 1978)

Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills (From The Inside, 1978)

This week, we look at “Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills” from one of Alice’s most recognized albums. From The Inside, released in 1978, is a heartfelt tale of honesty and sobriety laced with humor, darkness, and raw emotion. The LP is well-known as a recollection of Alice’s stay at Cornell Medical Center. He was admitted in mid-October 1977…

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When Hell Comes Home (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, 2011)

When Hell Comes Home (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, 2011)

This week we revisit the Welcome 2 My Nightmare (W2MN) LP, released in 2011. The album is a continuation of Steven’s dreams and nightmares found on the original Welcome to My Nightmare LP, and it is also related to Alice Cooper Goes To Hell as well. W2MN is a combination of those albums, but these nightmares are different. “When Hell Comes Home” and these songs are the things that would haunt Alice today, not the Alice of the 70s…

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Hell Is Living Without You (Trash, 1989)

Hell Is Living Without You (Trash, 1989)

This week we re-visit Trash, an album that firmly placed Alice back into Top 20 status in both the US and UK. The record was released in 1989, and the song “Poison” was the ultimate catalyst for the album’s success. The LP also featured collaborative works with Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Tyler. This week’s post focuses on “Hell Is Living Without You.”

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Pain (Flush The Fashion, 1980)

Pain (Flush The Fashion, 1980)

‘Flush The Fashion‘ is Alice’s twelfth studio album and the song ‘Pain’ is this week’s focus. Released in 1980, the LP falls under an umbrella of genres from Rock, Hard Rock, to New Wave. With a mixture of sarcasm and some story-based songs, the album still delivers a Cooper-based vibe and feel with songs such as: “Talk Talk”, “Clones (We’re All)”, “Model Citizen”, “Grim Facts”, and “Headlines”. All of which will likely…

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Sanctuary (Brutal Planet, 2000)

Sanctuary (Brutal Planet, 2000)

This week’s post focuses on another track from the ‘Brutal Planet (2000)’ LP. “Sanctuary” is the third track on the LP. And the song’s narrative paints the picture of the modern-day man using work, pills, possessions, and society’s objectives as his catalyst for “survival.”

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Salvation (Along Came A Spider, 2008)

Salvation (Along Came A Spider, 2008)

Released on July 29, 2008, “Along Came A Spider” is Alice Cooper’s 18th solo album. The LP, like many others, is a concept album, this time dealing with the life of a sociopath. “Salvation,” the last track on the LP, spins the album in a new direction…

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Is It My Body? (Love It To Death, 1971)

Is It My Body? (Love It To Death, 1971)

This week we travel back to 1971 and the release of the breakthrough album, Love It To Death. This post focuses on the song “Is It My Body”, and the album has become one of the greatest of all-time – a quintessential Classic Rock record.  Songs such as “I’m Eighteen,” “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Second Coming,” “Hallowed Be My Name,” and “Caught In A Dream” are masterpieces that would not only help them…

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Steadfast & Straight Ahead! (Spring Break 2022)

Steadfast & Straight Ahead! (Spring Break 2022)

It’s time for our annual sabbatical away from “Fridays With Alice.” During this time we will be reflecting on God’s Word, reconnecting with nature, and listening to some Alice Cooper albums. 😉

Spring Break! We look forward to beginning posts again at the beginning of April. Each one of you are special and dear to our hearts. We will also spend this time uplifting the page, group, and all its members in prayer. YOU ARE LOVED!

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Wind-Up Toy (Hey Stoopid, 1991)

Wind-Up Toy (Hey Stoopid, 1991)

This week’s post focuses on “Wind-Up Toy” from the album ‘Hey Stoopid’ which was released in 1991.  This album featured a number of different artists from that time period including Slash (from Guns N’ Roses), Steve Vai, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani, and many more.  It is the follow-up album to ‘Trash’ and keeps that same tone and feel…

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Dirty Diamonds (Dirty Diamonds, 2005)

Dirty Diamonds (Dirty Diamonds, 2005)

The title track from “Dirty Diamonds” is this week’s focus. “Diamonds” is Cooper’s 24th studio album and was released in 2005.  The album is a back to the basics Rock album.  It has no theme per se.  Some songs that we will most likely revisit from the album include: “Perfect”, “The Saga of Jesse Jane”…

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Changing Arranging (Pretties For You, 1969)

Changing Arranging (Pretties For You, 1969)

“Pretties For You,” the Alice Cooper Group (ACG) debut album, was released in 1969. After ACG moves to L.A., they are introduced to Frank Zappa, producer and co-founder of Straight Records. With minimal direction, the band records the album and Zappa uses Edward Beardsley’s painting entitled Pretties for You as the cover art. This week’s song is “Changing Arranging”…

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Holy Water (Paranormal, 2017)

Holy Water (Paranormal, 2017)

This week we look at “Holy Water.” Released in July of 2017, Paranormal is the 27th studio album by Alice Cooper. The album features three songs performed by the ‘classic’ line-up (Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, and Michael Bruce). The album also features Alice hooking up with various other musicians such as Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Roger Glover…

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Pass The Gun Around (DaDa, 1983)

Pass The Gun Around (DaDa, 1983)

This week’s post focuses on “Pass The Gun Around” found on Alice’s 8th solo album, “DaDa.” The last of three albums referred to as the “blackout” albums – it winds up being his final album for Warner Bros. Records. The cover art is based on a painting by surrealist artist Salvador Dali, and the album’s name references Dadaism, an early 20th century, European avant-garde art movement. However…

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Freedom (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

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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Dead Babies (Killer, 1971)

Dead Babies (Killer, 1971)

“Dead Babies” is found on the 1971 LP, “Killer,” The album is the Alice Cooper band’s fourth studio recording. Reaching #21 on the Billboard 200, the record continued to propel the group forward into the limelight of the music industry. With songs like “Under My Wheels,” “Be My Lover,” “Desperado,” “Halo of Flies,” and “Dead Babies,” the LP dishes up classics which are still often performed some 45+…

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Our Love Can Change The World (Detroit Stories, 2021)

Our Love Can Change The World (Detroit Stories, 2021)

Alice’s 21st solo album, “Detroit Stories,” will be released on February 26, 2021. Inspired by Alice’s hometown, Detroit, MI, the album pays homage to “the birthplace of angry hard rock,” as the Coop defines it. Interestingly enough, “Our Love Will Change The World” fits perfectly into this past year’s narrative…

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Giving Back (Christmas Pudding, 2021)

Giving Back (Christmas Pudding, 2021)

For the second to last post of 2021, we look at a quick interview dated December 4, 2021, from The Arizona Republic’s YouTube channel. Alice and Sheryl Cooper discuss Christmas Pudding, a concert to raise money for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers in Phoenix and Mesa. Giving back to their local communities and finding a place for teens to learn, create, and draw inspiration…

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The Garden (Use Your Illusion I, 1991)

The Garden (Use Your Illusion I, 1991)

This week we, once again, step outside of the Alice Cooper catalog and into another one of his guest appearances. “The Garden,” the eleventh track on Use Your Illusion I, finds Alice lending his sneering vocals to the LP. As he bellows out his lines, it’s apparent “The Garden” is something “only smart boys do without.”

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Every Woman Has A Name (Dragontown, 2001)

Every Woman Has A Name (Dragontown, 2001)

This week we discuss another song from the album “Dragontown”. “Every Woman Has A Name” is another beautifully written Alice Cooper ballad. Almost picking up where other ballads like “Only Women Bleed” leave off, this song expresses the importance of women, their identities, their self-worth, their place in this world and society. The truth is, many parts…

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Lullaby (The Last Temptation, 1994)

Lullaby (The Last Temptation, 1994)

This week we look at “Lullaby”.  Another song from The Last Temptation which discusses one of the enemy’s age-old tools – Fear.  The song finds Steven confronted by all sorts of evil staring him in the face…

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Going Home (Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, 1976)

Going Home (Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, 1976)

This week we once again travel back to 1976. Revisiting ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell,’ we find ‘Going Home’ as the final track on the LP. The song is beautifully written and offers a peaceful ending to the nightmarish ordeals that precede it. The listener finds Steven, the beloved character of many Alice albums, back in his room – happy to be home even amongst his ‘dirty…

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The Quiet Room (From The Inside, 1978)

The Quiet Room (From The Inside, 1978)

‘From The Inside’ was released in 1978. An expressive, autobiographical album which delivers tales and songs recounting Cooper’s stay in a rehabilitation center to help cure his alcohol addiction. “The Quiet Room” is a heart-wrenching song about isolation and emotions – in this case, some very dark ones. Interestingly enough, it may or may not have been evident to others…

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Skeletons In The Closet (Special Forces, 1981)

Skeletons In The Closet (Special Forces, 1981)

Special Forces, the sixth Alice Cooper solo album, was released in 1981. It is the first of three LPs that Alice has coined the “blackout” albums – records he doesn’t remember much about. Another concept album, this one finds Alice playing the role of a decorated war general – an arrogant persona gloating about his military career and record. The cover art finds…

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Who I Really Am: Diary of a Vampire (by Alice Cooper, 2021)

Who I Really Am: Diary of a Vampire (by Alice Cooper, 2021)

Rock and roll in the BC (Before Cooper) era was a tamer, milder world. In Who I Really Am, Cooper’s latest addition to Audible’s Words + Music series, we learn how the boa-wearing (not the feathered kind) maestro arrived at a show and sound – let’s call it AC for After Cooper – that has entertained millions of kids while terrifying parents in equal measure.

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Sun Arise (Love It To Death, 1971)

Sun Arise (Love It To Death, 1971)

This week we travel back to 1971 and the release of the breakthrough album, Love It To Death. The post focuses on the song “Sun Arise”, and the album has become one of the greatest of all-time – a quintessential Classic Rock record.  Songs such as “I’m Eighteen,” “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Second Coming,” “Hallowed Be My Name,” and “Caught In A Dream” are masterpieces that would not only help them…

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Cold Machines (Brutal Planet, 2000)

Cold Machines (Brutal Planet, 2000)

This week’s post focuses on another track from the ‘Brutal Planet (2000)’ LP. ‘Cold Machines’ lines up perfectly with humanity and, believe it or not, the current state of the Body of Christ. Keep in mind this track was written before the age of smartphones. Before those glowing rectangles controlled us. Before we all walked around with our hands…

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I Never Cry (Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, 1976)

I Never Cry (Alice Cooper Goes To Hell, 1976)

In 1976, Alice released his second solo album, Alice Cooper Goes To Hell – the sequel to Welcome To My Nightmare. The nightmare may be over, but Steven, the main character, now finds himself placed in the bowels of hell confronted by darkness. “I Never Cry” is the final track on side A of the LP…

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School’s Out: A Rockstar Conversation (Alice & Sheryl Interview)

School’s Out: A Rockstar Conversation (Alice & Sheryl Interview)

This week we take a look at another Alice & Sheryl Cooper Rockstar interview. In late 2018, they were featured in a Q&A session with Joe Polish’s Genius Network. The discussion is close to an hour in length and well worth the watch. Many of the topics Alice and Sheryl discuss are known about them. However, Polish does a great job allowing them to expound and give more details…

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Make That Money (Scrooge’s Song) (Zipper Catches Skin, 1982)

Make That Money (Scrooge’s Song) (Zipper Catches Skin, 1982)

‘Zipper Catches Skin’ is Alice’s fourteenth studio album. This week’s post focuses on “Make that Money.” Released in 1982, it combines hard rock and punk into a forceful album driven by comical sarcasm. However, like most Alice albums, it still has bits and pieces of ‘do this, not that’ flavor and appeal. Considered a low point in the discography by some, Alice…

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