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Golf

Alice's passion for golf has been well publicised. He plays as often as he can, often in Pro-Am tournaments, and his current handicap is generally said to be between 2 and 4 (which is very good). In fact he likes the game so much he's even written a book about it. Alice is a regular on the Pro-Am golf circuit and nowadays his life seems to be split between touring from around June to December, and playing the Golf Tournaments around the US between January and around May.

The funny one is that when someone slags Alice for golfing, it is almost always about him golfing with a President or a Vice President. Something that he has never done.
(Renfield, May 1997)

Jake Trout and the Flounders

golfPosted by Brian Gaddis:

The Jake Trout and the Flounders golf album seems to be out now. That is the album I wrote about a while ago that some golfers were putting out. At the time, Alice was mentioned as a guest star to be on the album. Jake Trout and the Flounders do a golf parody of "Eighteen" called "I'm on 18." I don't know if Alice is on the album or not [He is, and does a brief intro chat and sings 'I'm On Eighteen'], but apparently he is in a video for one of the songs on the album. Check out this story that I found on the Web.

Flashframe Films’ LA-based director Jim Yukich just completed I Love to Play, a music video of Jake Trout and the Flounders’ golf-oriented rewrite of Randy Newman’s hit I Love LA, and is in the midst of producing a TV special "mockumentary" on the Flounders, I Love to Play: The True Story of Jake Trout and the Flounders. A band comprised of three star PGA golfers – Peter Jacobsen (Jake), Payne Stewart, and Mark Lye – the Flounders’ album will be released April 21 by EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties. The video and longform are produced by Flashframe’s Len Epand and executive-produced by EMI-Capitol’s creative services head Ricky Mintz. Editing was done by Yukich and Sirius Editing’s Jerry Behrens. The Flounders are managed by John Baruck and Tom Consolo.

The music video includes a band performance featuring Graham Nash on keyboards and Stephen Stills on bass. Sure to become a VH1 Pop-Up Video delight, I Love to Play includes cameos by Alice Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, President Gerald Ford, Glenn Frey, Vince Gill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Lemmon, Leslie Nielsen, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Palmer, 49er Jerry Rice, and many other celebs.
The longform "mockumentary" – I Love to Play: The True Story of Jake Trout and the Flounders – hilariously inverts the reality that this is a band that has rewritten classic hits with golf lyrics. Instead, many of the same celebrities above, plus many more ranging from Charles Barkley to Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish), explain how they were personally effected by the Flounders, this legendary '80s studio group that broke up before releasing any music, and gave away their best material to the stars who made them their own signature songs. According to this history, then, Randy Newman got I Love LA from the Flounders’ I Love to Play, Alice Cooper got 'Eighteen' from 'I’m On 18', and so on. But the story of how the band originally formed and broke up, made it in golf, and finally reunited to release their "own" material involves many twists and turns. These range from Jake’s doomed love affair with an artiste/girlfriend named Ping Pong and their discovery by manager Murray Lange (Leslie Nielsen) to how they were influenced by the spiritual teachings of golf guru Magic Alex (Arnold Palmer).

The Annual MTX Alice Cooper AM Golf Tournament

Every year there is an Alice Cooper Golf tournament in Phoenix which is a charity event that provides money for various causes including Alice's own Solid Rock foundation. Various celebrities play at the event and often Alice jumps up on stage to play a few songs as well. Below is an example of the sort of things that happen at the event:

The (5th) Annual MTX Alice Cooper AM Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual MTX Alice Cooper AM Golf Tournament Dinner at the Camelback Inn, Phoenix, AZ in April 2001 was a charity event held yearly to benefit the Solid Rock Foundation--a group that helps Phoenix at-risk youths. The time line features dates and info about the other events in other years but this will give you an idea of what goes on.

The evening opened with Sheryl Cooper welcoming everyone and discussing the evenings activities. She was "interrupted" by a video display of Alice traveling around the desert in "adventure" wear (similar to Harrison Ford in Raider's of the Lost Ark). He comes across some ancient petroglyphs painted on a rock and touches a magical symbol, which sends a giant golf ball careening his way (again, a play on the boulder chase scene portrayed in Raider's of the Lost Ark).

Finally, Alice runs off screen and onto the stage, followed by a giant blow up golf ball. Alice heroically stops the golf ball and takes over where Sheryl left off, explaining the events of this gala charity affair.

As usual, items are auctioned off . . . the coolest Alice related items were:

1) weekend trip for 2 to Vegas in private Lear jet with Alice & Sheryl--$9,000
2) perform on-stage w/ Alice date of your choice in the city of your choice--$7,000

another interesting rock item was up for bids. A bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney--went for $31,000 !!!!

Next, local rock band "The Clock People" took the stage and performed a host of their originals and a few covers. (I found out, this was the same band that Alice played with at the Phoenix Coyotes game about a week earlier). After about 5 songs Alice appeared and performed "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen," and "School's Out." It was obvious that the Clock People had rehearsed these tunes, thank god!

Then, Alice left and the band played on. As usual, in most gracious fashion, Alice spent a good deal of the night meeting with all in attendance.

On a surprise note, rock performer Meatloaf got up on stage and did an incredible "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" accompanied by the female bass player of the Clock People (another Clock People band member played bass on this song, while the girl sang). Meat and this chick bassist did the entire stage sequence as seen in the Live video recorded for this song--including the "makeout" scene, 1st, 2nd and 3rd base, fighting and all!
(Thinline69, April 2001)