1975 - 'Flash Fearless vs The Zorg Women Parts 5 and 6
This album features two Alice performances, 'I'm Flash' (S.Hammond/D. Pierce/B. Pierce) and 'Space Pirates' (S.Hammond/D. Pierce). It also featured many other stars including John Entwistle (The Who), Maggie Bell and Justin Haywood (Moody Blues). Alice's vocals were recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Bob Ezrin while the rest of the album and Alice's backing tracks were recorded in England. Alice also doctored the lyrics a bit.
This album has been re-issued on CD by RPM records but both of Alice's tracks are available on the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' box set.More Information
The Alice tracks feature the following musicians:
- Robert A. Johnson - Lead Guitar
- Johnny Weider - Guitar
- John Entwistle (The Who) - Bass
- Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson)- Drums
- Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)- Acoustic Guitar
- Kenny Jones (Small Faces/The Who) - Drums
- John Entwistle (The Who) - Bass
- Nicky Hopkins - Piano
- Keith Moon (The Who) - Long John Silver
- Steve Pettican - Slide Guitar
The CD liner notes:
Sometimes an LP's credits can be confusing as they are enlightening. In the case of the disc you are currently holding, many of the performers within are household names, but there's little information around to indicate exactly how such a stellar project came about, and just what the original plans were."Flash Fearless" was definitely planned as a proper stage musical as well as an LP: the sleeve notes credit the record as "A Scratchy Records Production for Chrysalis Records Limited in association with Intergalactic Productions and based on the stage musical to be produced by Weston Gavin." ("Flash" did make it to the stage with Gavin in the title role, albeit not for another six years...but we're jumping the gun a little here.)
Then there's the comic book, given away free with the LP (and reproduced here, as much as is possible on a CD!). Whether this, largely the work of one Paul Sample, was the original inspiration for the project or done later isn't clear. However, as the entire musical is based in the comic book genre (one review accurately described it as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meets "Flash Gordon"), it must be regarded as an integral part of the project, if only to provide the plot of the musical which you'd hardly pick up from the songs themselves.
So who were the people responsible? Dave Pierce and Steve Hammond, two Canadians (although both were based in England at the time), were the prime movers. Pierce was responsible for writing the comic book and lyrics, with Hammond concentrating on the musical direction. Hammond had formerly been a guitarist for Fat Mattress in their later days(around 1970), a band best known today for its Hendrix connections (ex-Experience bassist Noel Redding was a founder member of the band and Hendrix appeared on their first LP - all before Hammond's time, however). A 1981 biography tells us that Hammond's songs have been recorded by Metal Ticket, Chris Farlowe and Eric Burdon.
The biography of Pierce is even more impressive: "he is a veteran of 150 plays, television shows and films in the USA, Canada, England and France. He has provided lyrics for the BBC, London's Royal Court Theatre, five albums and innumerable singles."
Although these two formed the nucleus of the project, three other people were also involved in its composition. Dave's, erm, relation/spouse. Bonnie assisted with the lyrics on "I'm Flash" and "Blast Off". Fellow Canadian Rick Jones assisted musically with "Country Cooking" and "What's Happening". (Jones was also stationed in England at this time, and according to his biography had his own show on BBC TV for ten years - any ideas, readers?!) Thirdly, one Terence Hillyer wrote the music for "Sacrifice", a gentleman about whom nothing is known.
The project came together in 1974, and a deal with Chrysalis Records was struck."Executive producers" for the LP were John Gaydon and Alan Siefert, although whether this relates to the stage musical side of things rather than the LP isn't clear. (Gaydon of course was the "G" of EG Records, home to King Crimson,Roxy Music etc.)
The producer for the album was John Alcock, at the stage perhaps best known for his production duties on the second and third solo LPs by Who bassist John Entwistle ("Whistle Rhymes" and "Rigor Mortis Sets In"). [In fact Alcock apparently WAS Entwistle under a pseudonym]. More importantly the duo had just finished recording Entwistle's fourth LP, "Mad Dog" just prior to "Flash Fearless" and three other musicians from those sessions (Eddie Jobson, Graham Deakin and Doreen Chanter) along with Entwistle himself re-appeared here.
Rather than use rigid line-up for the LP (which might not have been possible, given that the LP was recorded over three months), Alcock chose a floating line-up, including no less than three top drummers for example. The cast list was in fact quite impressive, and the budget for the LP must have been pretty generous. The cast included the following:
JOHN ENTWISTLE (bass) was the only musician involved on every track on the LP (apart from one short synth reprise). It would seem this LP followed directly from the "Mad Dog" sessions, and the "Special thanks to the Ox" credit on the sleeve would indicate that Entwistle was an early choice and important part of the project. He also sings lead on "Let's Go To The Camp".
ALICE COOPER (vocals) sings lead on two tracks, "I'm Flash" and "Space Pirates". Obviously well-known, following his Number one hit 'School's Out' among other hits, this particular project fell between his LP for Warners - 'Muscle Of Love' and his first for Anchor - 'Welcome To My Nightmare'.
ELKIE BROOKS (vocals). Elkie was also between contracts. Having split Vinegar Joe (on Island) at the end of 1973, she was soon to join A&M as a soloist to great acclaim later in 1975. Her role in "Flash Fearless" is somewhat confused, having sung her first song "Trapped" as Dulla of Flash's crew and the second as the leader of the Zorg Women - i.e. the enemy! She could have been the star of the album if she hadn't been given such a low position in the mix.
JIM DANDY (vocals). The lead singer of Black Oak Arkansas, a band who meant little in the UK, but were phenomenally successful in the States. Sings lead on "Country Cooking" and "Blast Off".
JAMES DEWAR (vocals). Not a household name, but at this time Dewar was familiar to rock audiences as bassist/vocalist for the Robin Trower Band (another Chrysalis act). He made his breakthrough as bassist for Scots band Stone The Crows before their split in 1973. Sings lead on "What's Happening".
MADDY PRIOR (vocals). Best known for her work as front person with Steeleye Span, another band in the Chrysalis stable. She makes a nice job of the country-ish "Georgia Syncopator" here (despite sounding very like Carly Simon), although she seems to be taking on the role of Dulla, played earlier on the LP by Elkie Brooks!
FRANK MILLER (vocals). Frankie's career these days is fairly low-key, but during the mid-'70s he was widely tipped as the next big thing - a gruff-voiced blues singer of not inconsiderable talent. He cut six albums for Chrysalis during this period - hence his ready availability to tackle the somewhat dodgy "Supersnatch"- and had two or three big hit singles, of which "Be Good To Yourself" is perhaps the best remembered today.
KEITH MOON ("Long John Silver"). Presumably dragged into the project by Entwistle, albeit only in a cameo speaking role during "Space Pirates" (what else?). Ultimately his contribution was mixed so low that it's hard to see why they bothered, particularly as he had to be recorded specially in Los Angeles.
JUSTIN HAYWARD (guitar). A long serving member of the Moody Blues. Hayward's atypical blues riffs here are a highlight of the record. At the time of recording this, he was working on his album with Moodies Bassist John Lodge, "Bluejays". In addition to Hayward and Lodge, "Bluejays" also featured KIRKDUNCAN (piano) and GRAHAM DEAKIN (drums/percussion), both of whom appear on this CD. In fact, it was probably through Deakin (who in turn had appeared on the recent John Entwistle LP) that Hayward became involved. Hayward later appeared on two more concept albums: Chrysalis' "The Eye Of Wendor" LP (now on RPM), and the highly successful "War Of The World", his contribution, "Forever Autumn", making the Top 10 when released as a single.
BILL BRUFORD (drums). Has recently seen King Crimson split up, having left Yes especially to join them. Regarded then as now as one of the best drummers in the business. Surprisingly (apart from a brief period with Genesis), he would not re-enter the limelight until the release of both his first solo LP "Feels Good To Me" and the debut of all-star band UK, both in 1978.
CARMINE APPICE (drums). Having risen to prominence with US band Vanilla Fudge, Appice was at this time the drummer in supergroup (Jeff) Beck, (Tim) Bogert (also from Vanilla Fudge) and Appice. Again, respected as one of the best drummers in the business.
KENNY JONES (drums). Then in the Faces, although that band soon fell apart when Rod Stewart's solo career became too big to combine both careers and guitarist Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones. This LP features the first example of Entwistle and Jones as a rhythm section, which of course would become a fixture when Jones joined The Who on the death of Keith Moon.
NICKY HOPKINS (piano). A man who needs no introduction, having played with just about everybody from the Rolling Stones and The Who downwards. His death in 1994 was a sad loss to rock music.
Other musicians featured included ROBERT A. JOHNSON (guitar); JOHN WEIDER (ex Animals/Family) (bass); EDDIE JOBSON (Roxy Music) (strings); MIKE DEACON (ex Suzi Quatro, then with Kiki Dee, later in Darts!) (piano); MICK GRABHAM (Procol Harum - a Chrysalis band) (guitar); JIM FRANK (harmonica); CHICK CHURCHILL (Ten Years After - a Chrysalis band) (keyboards); HOWIE CASEY (respected session musician going back to Liverpool's Howy Casey & The Seniors) (Saxophone); STEVE PETTICAN (errm...) (slide guitar); THUNDERTHIGHS (1974 hit single, but best remembered for "doo doo doos" on Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side") (backing vocalist); LESLEY DUNCAN and CHANTER SISTERS (respected vocalists) (backing vocals).
"Flash Fearless" was recorded between 1st October and 31st December 1974 at London's Chrysalis Studios, although three contributions had to be recorded in America; those of Alice Cooper (New York), Jim Dandy (Memphis) and Keith Moon (Los Angeles). These sessions were produced by Bob Ezrin (then a familiar collaborator of Cooper's, and later to work with Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd amongst others.)
By the time the album was released, the order of the material had still not firmly been established. "Blast Off", featured early in "Part 5" of the booklet, appeared on the "Part 6" side of the LP for example, and most other songs moved around within their act. "Georgia Syncopator" was absent from the booklet, suggesting a last-minute addition. The booklet in turn featured two songs (one in each act) for the Queen of the Zorg Women not on the LP. Considering the booklet makes more sense in terms of lateral development, it's not clear why the order was changed.
"Flash Fearless" was released in the United States in February 1975 (CHRYSALISCHR 1972), followed by a UK release in May (CHR 1081), complete with the aforementioned 12-page comic book which explained the plot. The booklet was additionally given away free in the UK with the weekly paper NME as a promotional tool (and in record stores - though why I should have kept my copy for 20 years having never heard the album is one perhaps only a psychiatrist scan answer - rpm editor). The US album carried a different track to the UK release - "Supersnatch" (which replaced "Georgia Syncopator"), although nobody we've asked can remember the reason for the switch. The US track has been restored here in what we believe is the most appropriate place theme-wise.
With its all-star cast, the LP could hardly creep out unnoticed, but it ultimately failed to sell in large quantities. Perhaps it might have helped had a single been taken from the album, but none was released to the general public. Instead, a promo single (CHRYSALIS CHS 2069) "I'm Flash"/"Trapped" was issued to interested parties, complete with a special picture sleeve. Although there was never a follow-up LP (or even a prequel featuring Part 1-4!),the album did indirectly provide the foundation for a further LP on Chrysalis. Although the first Mandala band LP (released shortly after "Flash Fearless") had been an actual band affair (and produced by John Alcock, chosen by Chrysalis following his work on "Flash Fearless"), the follow-up album "The Eye Of Wendor" was another "various artists" concept LP, even featuring a couple of the same guests, Maddy Prior and Justin Hayward. (This LP has also - coincidentally -since been reissued on CD by RPM (RPM 105).)
Presumably the relative lack of success for the LP put paid to immediate plans for the stage version, and its main protagonists moved to other things, Dave Pierce and Rick Jones formed the country-rock band Meal Ticket, who had some success with their two LPs for EMI ("Code Of The Road" and "Three Times A Day",both 1977) and one for Logo ("Take Away", 1978), following many prestigious support spots and touring globally.
Flash and his crew, however, still weren't quite dead and buried yet. Although the details of his "chip shop" era (y'know, working with Elvis) are sketchy, Flash did make a comeback in 1981 - albeit with one or two name changes, possibly for contractual reasons. In March of that year, "Captain Crash Versus The Zzorgwomen [sic] Chapters 5 & 6" opened as a musical at Richmond's on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Steve Hammond took on the role of Musical Director (as well as in-house guitarist and narrator), while a couple of familiar names appeared in the cast: Dave Pierce played Swede and Rick Jones took the role of Zilch. (Bonnie Pierce, whose lyrical 1975 contributions were removed, was relegated to "Slide Projector Operator"!)
The credits now listed Dave Pierce as the sole lyricist, with the music credited to Steve Hammond, Rick Jones and Weston Gavin (who played Captain Crash). The song list had changed quite substantially since the initial album, having expanded to almost twice its original length. Only two songs are familiar from Part 5, although Part 6 scores higher with 4 songs from the original intact. The new list ran as follows:
PART 5: I'm Crash (Crash) Trapped (A.S.S. Crew) Heart Shaped Box Of Chocolates (Dulla) A.S.S. Anthem (The Crew) Hi Fellas, What A Nice Surprise (The King) It Takes All Kinds To Make A Galaxy (Zoftik) I Could Love You So Good (Zilch)
PART 6: I'm Crash (Crash) Beaver Fever (Zuk) Raspberry Lipstick (Crash) The Georgia Syncopator (Dulla) Let's Go To The Chop (Zzorgs) Goodbye Is Putting It Mildly (Zilch) Sacrifice (Zzorgs)
Unfortunately, the work was not well-received, gaining a particularly stinging review in "Variety":
"If any mercy is left in the world, there will not be a chapter seven follow-up to "Captain Crash..." This show is an uninvolving space adventure spoof thattries desperately to be clever in every way but never comes close. Saturday night several in the crowd seemed aware of that and made an intelligent decision- they left at intermission. Pierce...has concocted a book that can best be described as a flat version of "Rocky Horror" meets "Flash Gordon". His lyrics are mostly trite, sub-standard attempts...Steve Hammond, Rick Jones and Weston Gavin are credited with the music, which is neither offensive of interesting. The cast never really has a chance with what they're given to work with..."
Following this, Flash/Crash was last seen in hyperspace looking for a rare type of galactic hair-gel, leaving only this LP as his testament on earth. And while said product isn't in itself earth-shattering, it's a pleasant enough ride, and a sober reminder that twenty years on, such grandiose recording would be nigh-on impossible.
Tim Joseph (January 1995)
"I met John Entwistle after a solo show he put on at the old 86 street club in Vancouver B.C. Canada. He was at the time touring for a new album which never was released. This would have been around 1989 or 1990. Anyway I met him out back as he was leaving to get on his tour bus. I asked him for a autograph and when I handed him my copy of flash fearless he seemed very surprised, and asked how I got it. I told him I bought it at a used record store. He told me that he did not remember this album being release. After seeing the album he became very nice and wanted to talk a bit. I asked him who John Alcock was, he replied that was him and was his name on any album he produced. I also asked who were thunder thighs, (female backing vocals). He said they were just some sluts (his words) that hung around the studio."
(Gerry, November 2006)
1978 - 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' - Movie Soundtrack
Alice appeared in this 1978 movie version of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' which also featured The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Aerosmith. He played the character of 'Father Sun' and performed 'Because'. This song featured backing vocals by the Bee Gees and can be found on the movie's soundtrack album. The films is also now available on DVD after being unavailable for many years.
At the time the film was made Alice was in hospital recovering his alcoholism and had to get a special pass out to appear in the film, on the condition he returned immediately afterwards to resume treatment, which he did. Of note is that this is one of the few professional appearances with Alice sporting a moustache.
The song was included on the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' box set.More Information
The movie version of The Beatles classic album was produced by Robert Stigwood, founder of RSO Records, who had earlier produced the hugely successful 'Saturday Night Fever'. The Beatles' former producer, the legendary George Martin, served as musical director, conductor, arranger and producer of the film's soundtrack album and this was a main reasons that Alice, a huge Beatles fan, wanted to do the film.
The film also featured a steller group of actors and musicians including The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, George Burns, Steve Martin, Frankie Howard, Donald Pleasence and Paul Nicholas. The Bee Gees especially were at the height of the career riding on the back of the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack while Frampton had just had the biggest selling live album ever, 'Frampton Comes Alive'. In addition to the main cast the film also featured a wealth of cameo appearances including several of Alice's old acquaintances including Wolfman Jack, Rick Derringer, Dr John, Tina Turner and Johnny Winter. He also likely met Marcy Levy on the set, who a few months later he would duet with on 'No Tricks'.
Everything about the project looked set to make it a huge box office hit but it wasn't to be. When the film opened on July 21st 1978 ticket sales were terrible and the film only took $20.4 million against it's budget of $13 million. Reviews of the film were almost universally bad with the New York Times reporting that "musical numbers are strung together so mindlessly that the movie has the feel of an interminable variety show. While it may have been conceived in a spirit of merriment, watching it feels like playing shuffleboard at the absolute insistence of a bossy shipboard social director. When whimsy gets to be this overbearing, it simply isn't whimsy any more." Newsweek called it "a film with a dangerous resemblance to wallpaper".In July 1998 the Phoenix New-Times ran an amusing interview with Alice, via email, about his involvement in the film:
New Times: How many days of shooting were involved for your part as Father Sun?
Alice: It was a three-day shoot including time to record the track. The crazy thing about it was that I was in the hospital at the time undergoing treatment for alcoholism. They arranged for a three-day pass for me to leave the hospital to do the filming.
New Times: Did anyone working with you on the film or the set voice the opinion that this movie was going to be a bomb?
Alice: Not at all. Robert Stigwood was coming off the success of 'Saturday Night Fever', and the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton were huge.
New Times: Did you feel it would be a bomb?
New Times: Was the moustache you sport in the film a preemptive strike at damage control?
Alice: They wouldn't let me have razor blades in the hospital. Too many crazy people running around.
New Times: Did you attend the première in New York City?
Alice: Yes. The Beatles were suspiciously absent!
New Times: Do you believe that business about a Sgt. Pepper curse and that everyone's chart success was immediately impacted by it, even George Burns' film career?
Alice: I had a hit single the year after.
New Times: Do you feel bad that there isn't a 20th-year re-release of the film, à la Grease, and if there was, would you go to that première?
Alice: Who even knew that it was 20 years besides you!!!
New Times:: Was '..Pepper' a worse film than the Village People's 'Can't Stop the Music'?
Alice: Who even knew that there was a Village People movie besides you!!!
New Times: Could a cast of dancing and singing midgets have saved Pepper from disaster?
Alice: Maybe Steven Spielberg could have pulled it off.
New Times: Did the experience of the movie affect your enjoyment of Beatle music?
Alice: That could never happen.
New Times: Was George Martin a sympathetic producer?
Alice: He was great. When I did the first take of the song, I did it in my best John Lennon impersonation. George said it was fine, but then told me to do it like Alice Cooper would do it. He seemed really happy with it.
1980 - 'Roadie' - Movie Soundtrack
Alice had a relatively major role in this movie which also featured Meatloaf and Debbie Harry. Alice performs three songs in the movie: 'Road Rats', 'Pain' and a short part of 'Only Women Bleed, and is backed by Todd Rundgren's band Utopia. 'Road Rats' and 'Pain' both appeared on the soundtrack album and are arguably better then the normal Alice album versions. Both tracks later appeared on the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' box set. 'Only Women Bleed' appears in the movie only.More Information
The film was inspired by the song 'Road Rats' from the 'Lace and Whiskey'. It's the story of a guy (Meatloaf) who is a real wizz at fixing things, and his girlfriend who wants to travel to see Alice in concert. Meatloaf ends up saving the day by fixing the stage equipment and allowing Alice to perform.
Although Alice appears in the traditional make-up, you can see the formations of his new 'Flush The Fashion' persona. It was felt it would be better to use the traditional Alice Cooper look in the movie, probably so he was easily recognised by the general public.
After the sound check scene, when everyone is bugging Alice backstage, Sheryl Cooper plays the blonde that is nagging him.
1985 - Twisted Sister - 'Come Out And Play'
Alice makes a guest appearance with Twisted Sister on 'Be Chrool to Your Scuel' which also features Billy Joel, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) and Clarence Clemons.
The song and it's accompanying video was Alice's first signs of the comeback which led to the 'Constrictor' album in 1986. In 1985 Twisted Sister had just had a #1 album with Stay Hungry' and were at the height of their popularity. In interviews front man Dee Snider had often credited Alice as an influence, which Alice appreciated, so when the call came he was more then happy to oblige.More Information
1988 - 'The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years'
This was a documentary film by director Penelope Spheeris that looks at the Los Angeles heavy metal scene between 1986 and 1988. The film has become legendary since it's release for it's uncompromising look at the more sordid side of the scene, and it's steady stream of wannabe rockstars in amongst a few genuine stars.
A soundtrack album was released at the same time and features Alice and Guns'n'Roses performing 'School's Out' in 1987. This version was included on the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' box set.More Information
1989 - 'Iron Eagle II' - Movie Soundtrack
Alice recorded a cover of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You' at the request of the movies producers specifically for this movie in 1989. It also features on the film soundtrack and was later included on the 'Poison' four track CD Single, as well being included on the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' Box Set. both 7" and 12" promotional singles exist, with the same track on both sides.
A video was made to promo the film.More Information
The musicians in the promotional video are
- Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake): Guitar
- Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne): Bass
- Mike Baird: Drums
- Possibly Vivian Campbell (Dio. Def Leppard): Guitar
1989 - Icon - 'Right Between The Eyes'
Alice adds his voice to two tracks on this album: 'Two for the Road' and 'Holy Man's War'. Icon featured guitarist/producer Dan Wexler who later went on to play with Alice around 'The Last Temptation' period.
For trivia fans the album was co-produced by "Ed Trunk", now better known as Eddie Trunk, well know US radio and TV broadcaster who hosted 'That Metal Show' on VH-1 Classic. Even more trivial: While Icon were touring to promote the album they played shows with 'Electric Angeles' who featured a certain Ryan Roxie!More Information
1989 - 'Shocker' - Movie Soundtrack
'Shocker' was a 1989 horror movie directed by Wes Craven and which features Alice on the soundtrack, but not in the actual film. For the soundtrack Alice sang on 'Shockdance' by The Dudes Of Wraith, which was actually a ad-hoc group of musicians put together for this project by producer Desmond Child. He also co-wrote 'Love Transfusion' with Desmond Child which was sung by Iggy Pop. Both songs are available on a soundtrack album, which also features Megadeth doing 'No More Mr Nice Guy'. There is a video for the Megadeth track which features Alice briefly at the end.More Information
The 'Dudes of Wrath' included:
- Vivian Campbell (Dio, Def Leppard) - Guitars
- Guy Mann-Dude - Guitars
- Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) - Bass
- Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) - Drums
It's interesting to note that at least two of these musicians also appeared in the video for 'I Got A Live On You' for 'Iron Eagle II'. Both songs were recorded around the same time, while Alice was working on 'Trash'.
'Shockdance' features Alice and villian 'Horace Pinker' (played by Mitch Pileggi, who later found greater fame in 'The X-Files') almost rapping back and forth. The "Son of Sam" lyric in 'Shockdance' refers to famous serial killer David Berkowitz who was convicted of eight separate shootings in New York City during the summer of 1976. He confessed to all of them, and initially claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog, "Harvey", who belonged to his neighbour "Sam." Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent to stand trial. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was incarcerated in state prison. He subsequently admitted the dog-and-devil story was a hoax.
On some versions Calico Cooper is listed on the cover as being in the film. She isn't. However Kane Roberts can be seen as a road worker.
1989 - Guy Mann-Dude - 'Sleight Of Hand'
This one is really for fanatics. The full extent of Alice's vocals on that album is counting off (as in 1,2, 3) the song 'Clusterphuck' and saying "on the verge" in his trademark sneer on the song of the same name. That's it!
Alice is connected to guitarist Mann-Dude through producer Desmond Child. He played the famous solo on 'Poison' for the 'Trash' album, and was also a part of the 'Dudes Of Wrath' featured on the 'Shocker' soundtrack album. He also played on Robin Beck's 'Trouble Or Nothin'' which featured a song co-written by Alice.More Information
1991 - Guns N'Roses - 'Use Your Illusion 1'
Alice makes an appearance on 'The Garden' on 'Use Your Illusion 1' growling more than than singing. A video for the song was released but he doesn't appear in it.
'The Garden' was written by Axl Rose before their breakthrough 'Appetite For Destruction' record but wasn't recorded until this album. Apparently while recording the song Axl voice resembled Alice, so Slash suggested simply getting Alice himself to sing. He reportedly recorded three takes with the best being used for the album.More Information
1996 - 'Jesus Christ Superstar' - 1996 London Cast
'Alice recorded a version of 'King Herod's Song' for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1996 revival of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the personal request of lyricist Tim Rice. While the album is billed as being the 'London cast recording" Alice never played the part on stage at this time, and was in fact brought in especially to record just this song for the album.
On April 1st 2018 Alice finally got the chance to actually play Herod live, this time on TV in NBC TV's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live', a live TV broadcast. Alice's performance completely stole the show and that version was also released on DVD and CD in 2018, details of which you will find further down the page.More Information
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1996 - 'Merry Arizona Two: Desert Stars Shine at Christmas'
'Merry Arizona Two: Desert Stars Shine at Christmas' is the second Christmas album released by Phoenix based 'United Cerebral Palsy', a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities, including cerebral palsy.
Alice contributes a spoken word piece called "Is There A Santa?"More Information
Is There A Santa?
"As a result of an overwhelming lack of requests, and with research help from that renowned scientific journal, 'Spy Magazine', January, 1990, I am pleased to present the annual scientific inquiry into, Santa Clause.
No known species of reindeer can fly, *but*, there are over 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified. While most of these are insects & germs, this does not *completely* rule out flying reindeer, which by the way only *Santa* has ever seen.
There are 2 billion children in the world, at an average census rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.
I doubt it.
Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth. Assuming he travels East to West, which seems logical, this works out to 822.6 visits per second.
Santa has 1/1,000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up in the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move onto the next house.
Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth, we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75 1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding, etc.
This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses Space Probe moves at a pokey 27.4 miles per second. A conventional reindeer can run tops, 15 miles per hr.
The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium size Lego set, 2 lbs., the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull not more than 300 lbs., tops, even granting that flying reindeer could pull 10 times the normal amount, he could not do the job with 8, or even 9! He would need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload, not even counting the weight of the sleigh to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison, this is 4 times the weight of the 'Queen Elizabeth'. 353,000 tons travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance. This would heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecraft reentering the earth's atmosphere.
The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 quintillion jewels of energy per second each. In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will vaporize within 4.26 thousands of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.6 times greater than gravity. A 250 lb. Santa, which seems ludicrously slim would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 lbs. of force.
In conclusion, if Santa ever did deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he's dead now.
But ah, just in case I'm totally wrong, I am going to hang one really big, long stocking - I need a great big Bertha driver."
1996 - 'Songs In The Key Of X'
'Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by The X-Files' is a 1996 compilation album released in association with the American science fiction TV show 'The X-Files'. The album contained a mixture of songs that were either featured in the series, however briefly, or shared thematic elements with it. Alice appears here with Rob Zombie on a track called 'Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn)'.
A couple of years later the track was remixed to bring out Alice's vocals more for the 'Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' box set.More Information
Rob Zombie has described his collaboration with Alice on 'Hands of Death' as one of the "great moments where you really feel like you've made your dreams come true". They were nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance" in 1997 for the song but lost out to Rage Against the Machine.
1997 - Insane Clown Posse - 'The Great Milenko'
Alice is heard on the spoken word introduction to this rap album, which also apparently features Slash and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Everything else on the album is unlistenable. Don't buy it.More Information
1999 - 'British Rock Symphony'
Alice appears on this album on 'Celebration Suite' which includes the Rolling Stones song 'Start Me Up', The Beatles' 'A Hard Days Night', and The Who's '5:15', See Me Feel Me, and Listening to You'.
He also took part as a special guest at the British Rock Symphony's debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 28th 1999. A few months later a 'British Rock Symphony' tour, by then called "Ultimate Rock Symphony", took place in Australia which also featured Alice singing a few songs each night. This was followed by a handful of shows in South America before the whole thing fizzled out.
A DVD was released, recorded at the Warwickshire Festival in the UK, but it includes footage of Alice from the Royal Albert Hall show edited in.
The film can be ordered from AmazonUK or AmazonUS but it has been out of print for some years.
Apart from Alice's brief appearance the British Rock Symphony tour featured classic rock hits presented by a gospel choir, a full orchestra and series of guest vocalists including Roger Daltrey (The Who), Darlene Love, Nikki Lamborn, Paul Young, Simon Townshend and Gary Brooker (Procol Harum). Geoff Whitehorn played guitar and Zak Starkey performed on drums. Eric Clapton and Ann Wilson also appeared on the album, but were not present on at any shows.
2002 - A*Teens - 'Pop 'Til You Drop'
The A*Teens were a Swedish teen pop group who seemed to be around for about three years. Presumably because "A Teens" sounds like "Eighteen", and they were all young school kids, someone thought it would be a great idea to record a cover of 'School's Out' and get Alice himself to sing on it, which he did. Two version of the song were apparently recorded on January 25th 2002: a "pop" version and a "harder" version. As far as I can tell only one was released. The group and Alice held a press conference in Stockholm and after about five minutes of publicity it vanished without trace. The song appeared on both their 'Pop 'Till You Drop' and 'New arrival' albums, the latter being a half-compilation/half new record from 2003.More Information
2004 - 'Unity: Athens 2004'
Alice is featured on this album with a collaboration with rapper and MTV presenter Xzibit called "Stand". The album was put together for the Athens Olympics in 2004. Originally Alice was supposed to be working with rapper Busta Rhymes on the same song but this was later changed. A remixed version of the song was later included as a bonus track on the 'Dirty Diamonds' making this album redundant to all but the most obsessive collector.More Information
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2005 - 'Rock School'
Alice is featured on this album on a collaboration with the 'Rock School' students on a new version of 'School's Out'. The album is a soundtrack from the documentary movie of the same name about Paul Green's school that teaches rock and roll. The school now has multiple locations in the United States. The cult film 'School Of Rock' with Jack Black is based on this story.
Alice also has to date made two performance appearances with the School's band, firstly at the Sundance Film Festival where the film was first shown, and later at the Los Angeles premier of the film in May 2005.More Information
Full track listing for the album is:
- "Black Magic Woman" - Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey)
- "I Wanna Be Sedated" - Marky Ramone/Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects
- "School's Out" - Alice Cooper
- "Barracuda" - Ann Wilson (Heart)
- "Highway Star" - Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
- "L.A. Woman" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
- "Heart Of The Sunrise" - Jon Anderson (Yes)
- "Rebel Yell" - Billy Idol
- "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - Stewart Copeland 9The Police)
- "Iron Man" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
- "Peace Sells" - Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
- "Hocus Pocus" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
2006 - 'Butchering The Beatles'
Alice is featured on this album of heavy metal interpretations of Beatles songs. He performs 'Hey Bulldog' (from the 'Yellow Submarine' album) which is the first track. The song also features Steve Vai on guitar, Duff McKagan of Guns'n'Roses on bass and Mikkey Dee of Motorhead on drums.
The album was one of a series of similar tribute albums put together by Bruce Kulick of Kiss. It features several other musicians with ties to Alice including Kip Winger, and Eric SingerMore Information
Full track listing for the album is:
- Hey Bulldog - Alice Cooper - Vocals; Steve Vai - Guitars; Duff McKagen (Guns N Roses) - Bass; Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) - Drums
- Back In The USSR - Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) - Vocals, Bass; John5 (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie) - Guitars; Eric Singer (Kiss /Alice Cooper) - Drums
- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Geoff Tate (Queensryche) - Vocals; Michael Wilton (Queensryche) - Guitar; Craig Goldy (Dio) - Guitar; Rudy Sarzo (Dio) - bass; Simon Wright (Dio) - drums; Scott Warren (Dio) - Keyboards
- Tomorrow Never Knows - Billy Idol - Vocals; Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) - Guitars; Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne) - Bass; Brian Tichy (Billy Idol - Drums
- Magical Mystery Tour - Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen) - Vocals; Yngwie Malmsteen - Lead Guitar; Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf) - Rhythm Guitar; Jeff Pilson (Dokken) - Bass; Frankie Banali (Wasp/Quiet Riot) - Drums
- Revolution - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - Vocals/Guitar; Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) - Guitar; Mike Porcaro (Toto) - Bass; Gregg Bisonnette (David Lee Roth) - drums; Joseph Fazzio (Superjoint Ritual) - Drums
- Day Tripper - Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees) - Vocals; Tommy Shaw (Styx/Damn Yankees) - Vocals; Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio) - Guitars; Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy) - Bass; Virgil Donati (Steve Vai) - Drums
- I Feel Fine - John Bush (Anthrax/Armoured Saint) - Vocals; Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) - Guitar; Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne/Alice In Chains) - Bass; John Tempesta (The Cult/Testament) Drums
- Taxman - Doug Pinnick (Kings X) - Vocals; Steve Lukather (Toto - Guitar; Tony Levin - bass; Steve Ferrone (Eric Clapton/Tom Petty) - Drums
- I Saw Her Standing There - John Corabi (Motley Crue/Dead Daisies) - Vocals; Phil Campbell (Motorhead) - Guitar; C.C. Deville (Poison) - Guitar; Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) - Bass; Kenny Aronoff - Drums
- Hey Jude - Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) - Vocals; George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob) - Guitar; Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf) - Rhythm Guitar; Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge)) - Bass; Chris Slade (AC/DC) - Drums
- Drive My Car - Kip Winger (Winger) - Vocals; Bruce Kulick (Kiss/Grand Funk) - Guitar; Tony Franklin (The Firm/Whitesnake) - bass; Aynsley Dunbar (Whitesnake/Journey) - Drums
2008 - Avantasia - 'The Scarecrow'
Alice is featured on the track 'The Toy Master' on Avantasia's third album 'The Scarecrow'. Avantasia is a 'rock opera' side project of German band Edguy lead singer Tobias Sammet, who's albums often feature an assortment of guest vocalists. Alice Cooper alumni Eric Singer plays drums throughout the album.More Information
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2009 - 'We Wish You A Metal Xmas'
Another covers/tribute album. This time a heavy metal compilation (full title was 'We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a headbanging New Year') album of traditional Christmas tunes. Here he sings 'Santa Claws Is Coming To Town' with John 5 (Rob Zombie), Billy Sheehan and Vinny Appice. Also turning up on the record are Lemmy, Ronnie James Dio, Steve Morse, Tommy Shaw, Billy Gibbons and a host of others. The album was re-issued a year or so later with a different cover and a few bonus tracks.
The album has been reissued more then one different cover design.More Information
Full track listing for the album is:
- We Wish You A Merry Xmas - Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Chris Wyse, Ray Luzier
- Santa Claws Is Coming To Town - Alice Cooper, John 5, Billy Sheehan, Vinny Appice
- Run Rudolph Run - Lemmy , Billy F Gibbons, Dave Grohl
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright
- Little Drummer Boy - Doug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan, Simon Phillips
- Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Steve Morse, Juan Garcia, Marco Mendoza, Vinny Appice
- Silent Night - Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, John Tempesta
- Silver Bells - Geoff Tate, Carlos Cavazo, James Lomenzo, Ray Luzier
- Deck the Halls - Oni Logan, Craig Goldy, Tony Franklin, John Tempesta
- Grandma Got Ran Over By A reindeer - Stephen Pearcy, Tracii Guns, Bob Kulick, Billy Sheehan, Greg Bissonette
- Rockin' Around the Xmas Tree - Joe Lynn Turner, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Simon Wright
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Marco Mendoza, Kenny Aronoff
- O Christmas Tree - Doro Pesch, Frankie Banali, Michael Schenker, Tony Franklin
- Auld Lang Syne - Girlschool
- Frosty The Snowman - Bumblefoot, Chris Chaney, Kenny Aronoff, Steve "Lips" Kudlow
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Dez Fafara, Blasko, Doug Aldrich, John Tempesta
2010 - Slash - 'Slash'
Alice co-writes and sings with Nicole Scherzinger (of girl group 'Pussycat Dolls') on the track 'Baby Can't Drive' from Slash's 2010 album entitled "Slash".
NOTE: Originally this track was only available as a bonus track on the special 'Classic Rock Slash Pack' released in the UK only. It is NOT featured on most standard editions of the album.
In 2010 a new deluxe 2CD/DVD edition of the album was released with new cover art. This version DOES include 'Baby Can't Drive'.
2010 - Pushking - 'The World As We Love It'
Alice Cooper and then current guitarist Keri Kelli make an appearance on the song 'Troubled Love' from the 2010 album ' The World As We Love It' by Russian band Pushking. Also appearing on the star studded album were Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Paul Stanley of Kiss amongst others. Pushking are/were a Russian band who had great success in their home country but where unknown to the rest of the world until this record, which is in fact a compilation of re-recorded songs from their own back catalogue. While the album received some press outside Russia it seems to have done little to raise their profile over all.More Information
2010 - Damon Johnson - 'Release'
Release is the second solo album but ex-Alice Cooper and current Black Star Riders guitarist Damon Johnson. The album is mostly acoustic but features a new version of 'Generation Landslide' with Alice sharing the vocals. Johnson had long been a fan of the song and had tried to get it into the show without success while he was in the band. He figured if he couldn't play it with Alice, he'd get Alice to sing it for him and the results are excellent as is the whole album.More Information
2011 - Runaway Phoenix - 'Tug Of War'
'Tug Of War' is a song by Alice's son Dash Cooper's band Runaway Phoenix, who are now known as CO-OP. It was released digitally in December 2011 as part of 'The E.P.' and features an introduction by Alice. You can still get the song via bandcamp.More Information
2012 - 'Sunflower Superjam'
In 2012 Alice took part in Deep Purple Drummer's annual 'Sunflower Superjam' show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The show featured Paice and a star studded selection of friends running through various classic tracks all in aid of a charity set up by Paice's wife Jackie. Other performers included Brian May of Queen, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions.
Alice features here on versions of 'Elected' and 'School's Out' which also feature Paice, Brain May and Uli Jon Roth. There's both a CD and DVD from the performance, as well as a combo package with both.More Information
2013 - Blue Coupe - 'Million Miles More'
Alice reunites with his old school friend and Alice Cooper co-founder Dennis Dunaway on 'Hallows Grave', which is featured on Blue Coupe's second album. Blue Coupe consist of Dennis, along with Joe and Albert Bouchard originally from Blue Oyster Cult. A video for the song was also made.More Information
2014 - Theory Of A Deadman - 'Savages'
This one appeared out of nowhere and Alice has never really mentioned it to my knowledge. He appears throughout the title track of Canadian metal band Theory Of A Deadman's 'Savages' album. A video was also released but only features Alice voice.
Theory Of A Dead Man once featured drummer Brent Fitz who had stood in with Alice briefly some years earlier. Although Fitz had left the band some years earlier it's possible he was the connection between the two artists.More Information
2014 - 'The Art Of McCartney'
'The Art Of McCartney' is a huge 42 track set which features various singers performing songs by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. All sorts of people are on here paying tribute including Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Heart, Steve Miller, Kiss, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and, of course, Alice Cooper.
Alice performs two songs for the record: 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Smile Away'. However the latter song is only available on a US 'Best Buy' exclusive version, or a very expensive box set.
Videos were released showing Alice recording 'Eleanor Rigby'.More Information
2015 - 'Peter And The Wolf In Hollywood'
This one is a little strange. What we have here is Prokofiev's classical piece 'Peter And The Wolf' updated to Hollywood and narrated throughout by Alice. It even has a quick blast of 'School's Out' in the middle! Not the sort of thing you would listen to twice unless you're a classic buff (and even then surely you would go for a more traditional version) but it's quite a cool item none the less.
When the album was originally released it had an iPad app to go with it which had animation and games for kids to play as they listened to the music.More Information
2016 - 'Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Symphonic'
As the title suggests this is the classic Pink Floyd album remade for an orchestra. Alice features on 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Welcome To The Machine' with mixed results. In all honestly his voice doesn't really fit the material, and often it sound like he can't actually hear the music he's singing to.More Information
2018 - 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert'
This is the soundtrack to the 2018 NBC production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' featuring Alice in the roll of 'King Herod' for 'King Herod's Song'. The TV broadcast was a triumph for Alice as he stole the show with ease and so it is here. There's also a DVD of the full show.More Information
Nothing here as Youtube pulls down any footage that is uploaded.
2018 - R.S.O. - 'Radio Free America'
R.S.O. is Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi and Orianthi,who played with Alice during the 'Raise The Dead' period. Orianthi left Alice's band to work with her new boyfriend Sambora and this is the results. Alice makes a guest appearance on "Together On The Outside"More Information
2018 - CO-OP - 'CO-OP'
The first album by Alice's son Dash Cooper's band that formed out of 'Runaway Phoenix'. Alice guests on 'Old Scratch', and also on the video for 'N.O.W.' the first single from the album which has an introduction by Alice, taken from 'Nights With Alice Cooper' when Alice played the song on the show. The album also feature's Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires's guitarist Joe Perry on 'Howl'.
'Old Scratch' also appeared on CO-OP's original 2016 EP release but that is a different version, and didn't feature Alice.More Information
2019 - Kane Roberts - 'The New Normal'
2019 solo album by 'Constictor'/'Raise Your Fist And Yell' guitarist/songwriter Kane Roberts features Alice on 'Beginning Of The End' along with Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz. Nita Strauss also appears on the album on 'King Of The World'.More Information
- King Of The World (feat. Nita Strauss)
- Beginning Of The End (feat. Alice Cooper, Alissa White-Gluz, Aoyama Hideki)
- Who We Are
- Forever Out Of Place
- Leave This World Behind
- The Lion's Share
- Leave Me In The Dark
- Above & Beyond
2019 - Wednesday 13 - 'Necrophaze'
Alice provides an introduction to the album, and is on the title track 'Necrophaze'More Information
- Bring Your Own Blood
- Be Warned
- The Hearse
- Tie Me A Noose
- Life Will Kill Us All
- Bury The Hatchet
- Necrophaze Main Theme (End Credits)
- Animal (F*** Like A Beast)
2019 - Phil Campbell - 'Old Lions Still Roar'
Alice fatures on the track 'Swing It' on this 2019 solo album by Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The album also features Rob Halford, Dee Snider and others.More Information
- Rocking Chair (feat. Leon Stanford)
- Straight Up (feat. Rob Halford)
- Faith in Fire (feat. Ben Ward)
- Swing It (feat. Alice Cooper)
- Left for Dead (feat. Nev MacDonald)
- Walk the Talk (feat. Nick Oliveri)
- These Old Boots (feat. Dee Snider)
- Dancing Dogs (Love Survives) [feat. Whitfield Crane]
- Dead Roses (feat. Benji Webbe)
- Tears from a Glass Eye