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Alice Cooper

    Originally, there was a band called Alice Cooper led by a singer named Vincent Damon Furnier. Under his direction, Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal,and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name for his androgynous on-stage personality. While the visuals were extremely important to th ...read more

    Originally, there was a band called Alice Cooper led by a singer named Vincent Damon Furnier. Under his direction, Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal,and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name for his androgynous on-stage personality. While the visuals were extremely important to the group's impact, the band's music was nearly as distinctive. Driven byraw, simple riffs and melodies that derived from '60s guitar pop as well as show tunes, it was rock & roll at its most basic and catchy, even when the band ventured into psychedelia and art rock. After the original group broke up and Furnier began a solo career as Alice Cooper, his actual music lost most of its theatrical flourishes, becoming straightforward heavy metal, yet his stage show retained all of the trademark propssthat made him the king of shock rock. Furnier formed his first group, the Earwigs, as an Arizona teenager in the early '60s. Changing the band's name to the Spiders in 1965,the group was eventually called the Nazz (not to be confused with Todd Rundgren's band of the same name). The Spiders and the Nazz both released local singles that were moderately popular. In 1968, after discovering there was another band with the same name,the group changed its name to Alice Cooper. According to band legend, the name came to Furnier during a Ouija board session, where he was told he was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch of the same name. Comprised of vocalist Furnier -- who would soon begin calling himself Alice Cooper -- guitarist Mike Bruce, guitarist Glen Buxton, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith, the group moved to California in 1968. There, the group met Shep Gordon, who became their manager, and Frank Zappa, who signed Alice Cooper to his Straight Records imprint. Alice Cooper released their first album, Pretties for You, in 1969. Easy Action followed early in 1970, yet it failed tochart.Thegroup'sreputation in Los Angeles was slowly shrinking, so the band moved to Furnier's hometown of Detroit. For the next year,the group refined their bizarre stage show. Late in 1970, the group's contract was transferred to Straight's distributor Warner Bros., and they began recording their third album with producer Bob Ezrin. With Ezrin's assistance, Alice Cooper developed their classic heavy metal crunch on 1971's Love It to Death, which featured the number 21 hit single "Eighteen"; the album peaked at number 35 and went gold.The success enabled the group to develop a more impressive, elaborate live show, which made them highly popular concert attractions across the U.S. and eventually the U.K. Killer, released late in 1971, was another gold album. Released in the summer of 1972, School's Out was Alice Cooper's breakthrough record, peaking at number two and selling over a million copies. The title song became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and a number one single in the U.K. Billion Dollar Babies,releasedthefollowing year,was the group's biggest hit, reaching number one in both America and Britain; the album's first single, "No MoreMr.NiceGuy," became aTop Ten hit in Britain, peaking at number 25 in the U.S. Muscle of Love appeared late in 1973, yet it failed tocapitalize on the success ofBillion Dollar Babies. After Muscle of Love, Furnier and the rest of Alice Cooper parted ways to pursue otherprojects.Having officially changed his name to Alice Cooper, Furnier embarked on a similarly theatrical solo career; the rest of the bandreleasedoneunsuccessfulalbum under the name Billion Dollar Babies, while Mike Bruce and Neal Smith both recorded solo albums that wereneverissued.In the fall of 1974, a compilation of Alice Cooper's five Warner albums, entitled Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits, became a Top Tenhit. For his first solo album, Cooper hired Lou Reed's backing band from Rock 'N' Roll Animal -- guitarists Dick Wagner andSteveHunter,bassistPrakash John, keyboardist Joseph Chrowski, and drummer Penti Glan -- as his supporting group. Welcome 2 MyNightmare,AliceCooper's firstsolo album, was released in the spring of 1975. The record wasn't a great departure from his previous work, andit becameaTop Ten hit inAmerica, launching the hit acoustic ballad "Only Women Bleed"; its success put an end to any idea of reconveningAliceCooperthe band. Itsfollow-up, 1976's Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, was another hit, going gold in the U.S. After Alice Cooper Goes toHell,Cooper'scareer began toslip, partially due to changing trends and partially due to his alcoholism. Cooper entered rehabilitation in1978,writing analbum about histreatment called From the Inside (1978) with Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist. During the early '80s,Coopercontinued torelease albumsand tour, yet he was no longer as popular as he was during his early-'70s heyday. Cooper made a successful comeback in the late '80s, sparked by his appearances in horror films and a series of pop- metalbandsthatpaidmusical homage to his classic early records and concerts. Constrictor, released in 1986, began his comeback, but it was1989'sTrashthatreturned Cooper to the spotlight. Produced by the proven hitmaker Desmond Child, Trash featured guest appearances byJonBonJovi,Richie Sambora, and most of Aerosmith; the record became a Top Ten hit in Britain and peaked at number 20 in theU.S.,goingplatinum."Poison," a midtempo rocker featured on the album, became Cooper's first Top Ten single since 1977. After the releaseofTrash,hecontinued to star in the occasional film, tour, and record, although he wasn't able to retain the audience recaptured withTrash.Still,1991'sHey Stoopid and 1994's The Last Temptation were generally solid, professional efforts that helped Cooper settle intoacomfortablecultstatus without damaging the critical goodwill surrounding his '70s output. After a live album, 1997's Fistful of Alice,Cooperreturned onthesmaller Spitfire label in 2000 with Brutal Planet and Dragontown a year later. The Eyes of Alice Cooper appeared in2003 andfoundAliceand company playing a more stripped-down brand of near-garage rock. Dirty Diamonds from 2005 was nearly as raw andhitthestreetsaround the same time Alice premiered his syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. Three years later he returnedwithAlongCame aSpider, a concept album that told the story of a spider-obsessed serial killer. In 2010, he released the live album TheatreofDeath,alongwith a download-only EP of redone Cooper classics titled Alice Does Alice. 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, a sequeltohis1975,conceptual classic of the same name (minus the 2), was recorded with longtime co-conspirator Bob Ezrin, and featured 14brandnewcutsthat spanned multiple genres and relied on the talents of a host of previous members of the Alice Cooper band (includingSteveHunter),aswell as a guest spot from pop superstar KeSha. « hide

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    LPs
    Paranormal
    2017

    3
    64 Votes
    Welcome 2 My Nightmare
    2011

    3
    194 Votes
    Along Came a Spider
    2008

    3.3
    223 Votes
    Dirty Diamonds
    2005

    3.5
    170 Votes
    The Eyes Of Alice Cooper
    2003

    3.3
    151 Votes
    Dragontown
    2001

    3.7
    185 Votes
    Brutal Planet
    2000

    4
    218 Votes
    The Last Temptation
    1994

    3.9
    207 Votes
    Hey Stoopid
    1991

    3.8
    284 Votes
    Trash
    1989

    3.7
    370 Votes
    Raise Your Fist and Yell
    1987

    3.5
    192 Votes
    Constrictor
    1986

    3.2
    187 Votes
    DaDa
    1983

    3.6
    156 Votes
    Zipper Catches Skin
    1982

    2.7
    140 Votes
    Special Forces
    1981

    3.2
    131 Votes
    Flush The Fashion
    1980

    3.3
    139 Votes
    From the Inside
    1978

    3.8
    170 Votes
    Lace and Whiskey
    1977

    3.2
    140 Votes
    Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
    1976

    3.6
    219 Votes
    Welcome To My Nightmare
    1975

    4.3
    449 Votes
    Muscle of Love
    1973

    3.4
    178 Votes
    Billion Dollar Babies
    1973

    4.2
    485 Votes
    School's Out
    1972

    3.8
    387 Votes
    Killer
    1971

    4.2
    437 Votes
    Love It To Death
    1971

    4.2
    407 Votes
    Easy Action
    1970

    3.2
    164 Votes
    Pretties For You
    1969

    3
    172 Votes
    EPs
    Breadcrumbs
    2019

    3.3
    3 Votes
    The Sound Of A
    2018

    3.8
    2 Votes
    Alice Does Alice
    2010

    3.2
    3 Votes
    Live Albums
    A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris
    2018

    4
    3 Votes
    Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken
    2014

    4.5
    2 Votes
    No More Mr. Nice Guy: Live!
    04/10/2012

    4.1
    13 Votes
    Theatre Of Death: Live At Hammersmith 2009
    2010

    4.2
    27 Votes
    Live at Montreux 2005
    2006

    4
    3 Votes
    Brutally Live
    2000

    4.5
    36 Votes
    A Fistful of Alice
    1997

    4.1
    47 Votes
    Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969
    1992

    2.2
    3 Votes
    Trashes The World
    1990

    4.4
    15 Votes
    The Nightmare Returns
    1986

    4.3
    32 Votes
    Toronto Rock'N'Roll Revival 1969, Vol.IV
    1982

    2.8
    2 Votes
    The Alice Cooper Show
    1977

    3.4
    58 Votes
    Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper
    1974

    4.2
    39 Votes
    Compilations
    The Essential Alice Cooper: The Epic Years
    2018

    4.3
    2 Votes
    Spark in the Dark: the best of Alice Cooper
    2009

    4
    20 Votes
    The Best of Alice Cooper
    2007

    3.8
    2 Votes
    The Best of Alice Cooper: Mascara & Monsters
    2001

    3.9
    50 Votes
    The Definitive Alice Cooper
    2001

    4.1
    4 Votes
    The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper
    1999

    4.7
    45 Votes
    Classicks
    1995

    4
    2 Votes
    The Beast of Alice Cooper
    1989

    4.1
    16 Votes
    Prince of Darkness
    1989

    3.8
    2 Votes
    Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits
    1973

    4.1
    94 Votes

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