Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group was also famous for their captivating stage show which featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. This 1974 Greatest Hits package compiles the band's hit singles from their 1971-1973 heyday and includes such smashes as "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "School's Out," and "Billion Dollar Babies." Gatefold 180g vinyl LP from Friday Music.
1. I’m Eighteen 2. Is It My Body 3. Desperado 4. Under My Wheels 5. Be My Lover 6. School’s Out 7. Hello Hooray 8. Elected 9. No More Mr. Nice Guy 10. Billion Dollar Babies 11. Teenage Lament ‘74 12. Muscle Of Love
Named for the city that launched the originalAlice Coopergroup on the road to success,Detroit Storiesfollows 2019'sBreadcrumbsEP as a modern-day homage to the toughest and craziest Rock n Roll scene there ever was. In 1970, fledgling producer Bob Ezrin walked into a farmhouse on the outskirts of Detroit to work with the Alice Cooper band. Abandoning flower power Los Angeles, because they were the opposite of the hippie peace and love ideal, Alice had brought his decidedly darker gang back to his birthplace to the legendary rock scene that gave birth to hard rock, garage rock, soul, funk, punk... and more. Ezrin drilled the band for 10 hours a day to define their signature sound. Whenever they nailed a song, the inmates at the hospital for the criminally insane across the road cheered and thus the classic Alice Cooper sound was born.
"Detroit was Heavy Rock central then," explains Alice, "You'd play the Eastown and it would be Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Stooges and the Who, for $4! The next weekend at the Grande it was MC5, Brownsville Station and Fleetwood Mac, or Savoy Brown or the Small Faces. You couldn't be a soft-rock band or you'd get your ass kicked. Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit... we were home."
50 years later Alice and Ezrin gathered some legendary Detroit musicians in a Detroit studio to recordDetroit Stories,Alice Cooper'snew album that celebrates that spirit for a new era. IfBreadcrumbslaid down the trail to the city,Detroit Storiesdrives like a muscle car right down Woodward Ave. "We recorded with Wayne Kramer (guitarist and writer from the MC5), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (drums - from the legendary Detroit Wheels), Paul Randolph (legendary Detroit jazz and R&B bassist) as well as the Motor City Horns and other local musicians," explains Ezrin, "We had musical ideas and encouragement from John Varvatos, the support of the folks at Shinola, and we recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak." Discover Detroit Stories as they were meant to be told!
180-gram vinyl. Trash is the 18th studio album by rock singer Alice Cooper, released in 1989. The album features the single "Poison", Cooper's first top ten hit since 1977. It marked a great success in Cooper's music career, reaching the Top 20 of various album charts and selling millions of copies of Trash.