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Escape (Welcome to My Nightmare, 1975)

This week we look at “Escape” from the “Welcome To My Nightmare” LP. Released in 1975, Alice’s 1st solo album brings excitement and flare back to the stage. A record and stage show with a stated goal and concept, the “Welcome To My Nightmare” experience is one that many fans, critics, and music historians remember fondly. An intense mixture of songs…

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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”.

Parkside Church Interview (Shining His Light in the Arts – Alice/Sheryl Cooper) – 2019

Parkside Church Interview (Shining His Light in the Arts – Alice/Sheryl Cooper) – 2019

This week, we switch gears just a little bit. It’s been quite a few weeks since we looked at any interviews with Alice. This week we look at his Parkside Church Interview. 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)

Nothing’s Free (The Last Temptation, 1994)

This week we again re-visit ‘The Last Temptation’ with the song “Nothing’s Free”. 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 (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)

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)

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)

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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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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It’s Me (The Last Temptation, 1994)

It’s Me (The Last Temptation, 1994)

Today is ‘Good Friday’, the Friday before Easter – a good day to revisit “The Last Temptation.” The church traditionally sets aside this day to commemorate the Crucifixion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Some make it a day of fasting, penance, and meditation, yet there is no right or wrong way of observing this day. Today and this weekend are a celebration of the definitive message within God’s Word – our Salvation…

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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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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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Alice Cooper: The World Belongs to Satan (1990s)

Alice Cooper: The World Belongs to Satan (1990s)

This interview, entitled “The World Belongs To Satan,” is posted on DeonVSEarth’s YouTube channel. However, not sure exactly who the interviewee is or when it occurred. It seems like it may have taken place in the mid-90s – maybe 95 or 96. There’s also a LCIINC watermark at the bottom left. NOTE: *If anyone knows anything about the origins of the interview, we’d be happy to document that…

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How You Gonna See Me Now (From The Inside, 1978)

How You Gonna See Me Now (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. One of those songs is “How You Gonna See Me Now.” Ultimately, His Savior, our Lord, intervened in a mighty and miraculous way – removing Alice’s desire to drink completely. To this day…

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Poison (Trash, 1989)

Poison (Trash, 1989)

‘Trash’ was released in 1989. Alice returns to the prominence linked to the albums of yesteryear with ‘Trash’ reaching #20 in U.S. and #2 in the UK. This week’s post focuses on the song “Poison” from the album. Moving in a slightly new direction, production-wise, Alice teams up with Desmond Child to write songs and produce an album which steers his career back towards the days of the Alice Cooper Group and his first solo album, “Welcome To My Nightmare”.

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Dead Flies (Paranormal, 2017)

Dead Flies (Paranormal, 2017)

This week we look at “Dead Flies.” 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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Prince of Darkness (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

Prince of Darkness (Raise Your Fist and Yell, 1987)

‘Raise Your Fist and Yell’ was released in 1987. The second album after Alice’s commitment to sobriety and a return to his faith finds him healthy, revitalized, and confident. The album uses songs like “Prince of Darkness,” “Freedom”, “Lock Me Up”, and “Give the Radio Back” to help push back against the PMRC’s efforts. However, the last few tracks take a more wicked turn with “Prince of Darkness”, “Time To Kill”, “Chop, Chop, Chop”, and “Gail”. Tapping in to who the enemy is and personification of evil in this world.

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Sister Sara (Dragontown, 2001)

Sister Sara (Dragontown, 2001)

Never expected to discuss this song – at least not this soon. But Dragontown’s “Sister Sara” is where this week leads us on this journey with our Lord and Alice. This song finds ‘a nun having fun’ and parallels the life and sins of some of the more famous and/or infamous preachers and teachers of the last 30-40 years. This week, once again, leads us straight to the importance of Unity and wraps up the importance of relationship.

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Alice Cooper – Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? (Jul. 18, 2018)

Alice Cooper – Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? (Jul. 18, 2018)

In this interview, ‘Loudwire’ sits down with Alice to play ‘Wikipedia – Fact or Fiction’. After seeing a few of these (and relying on Wikipedia from time to time with these posts), it only seemed fitting to address the one based on him. I was actually pretty shocked to find most of the info was legit according to Alice (only two minor inconsistencies…

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Pick Up The Bones (Brutal Planet, 2000)

Pick Up The Bones (Brutal Planet, 2000)

This week’s post is the next ‘Brutal Planet’ track we will be looking at (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the ‘Brutal Planet’ post from last October). ‘Pick Up The Bones’ is this week’s focus and lines up perfectly with so much of what is going on in the world. At the time this track was cut, more than 72 wars/altercations were taking place in the world…

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Spirits Rebellious (The Eyes of Alice Cooper, 2003)

Spirits Rebellious (The Eyes of Alice Cooper, 2003)

‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper‘ was released in 2003. A little known masterpiece that really embraces a return to Alice’s musical roots. In fact, when the term little known is used it’s meant literally – there’s not a whole lot of information about this album and it’s only listed and available from a small number of sources and sites. This week’s focus is “Spirits Rebellious.”

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I Never Wrote Those Songs (Lace & Whiskey, 1977)

I Never Wrote Those Songs (Lace & Whiskey, 1977)

This week we revisit ‘Lace and Whiskey’ the album released in 1977.  Last time we looked at this album, the song ‘My God’ was highlighted and discussed. This week we will be talking about ‘I Never Wrote Those Songs’. A song that deals with the shame, guilt, and denial that often accompanies past events or regretted actions. We will be using this post to…

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Elected (Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)

Elected (Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)

‘Billion Dollar Babies’, the sixth studio album, was released in 1973. This week’s focus is the song “Elected.” Alice Cooper, still a band, found major success with this album hitting #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Bob Ezrin was once again hired to produce the record and was also used for some of the keyboard tracks on the album as well…

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Second Coming (Love It To Death, 1971)

Second Coming (Love It To Death, 1971)

This week’s post focuses on “Second Coming” from ‘Love It To Death’, the third studio album, was released in 1971. At this point, Alice Cooper was still a band and this album saw their first dose of commercial success. The band enlisted Bob Ezrin to produce the album and the album’s success earned them favor with Warner Bros…

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Only Women Bleed (Welcome to My Nightmare, 1975)

Only Women Bleed (Welcome to My Nightmare, 1975)

This week’s focus is “Only Women Bleed” from the ‘Welcome to My Nightmare‘ album which was released in 1975, and was the first solo album released by Alice Cooper (all previous works were band efforts).  Like many of Cooper’s solo works, ‘Nightmare’ is a concept album.  The album is the first time we are introduced to one of Alice’s notorious…

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Alice and Sheryl Cooper Interview (Sept. 15, 2016)

Alice and Sheryl Cooper Interview (Sept. 15, 2016)

In this interview, Alice and Sheryl Cooper sit down with Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman (Meet the Freemans). It is nearly 26 minutes in entirety. This post is going to try and condense it down with some highlight areas. But honestly, it is completely worth viewing the entire video. I found myself taking notes segment after segment – learning more and more…

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