The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #627

Alice Cooper (Band) Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper


Christopher said...

Billion Dollar Babies was the end of it all..Muscle of Love didn't amount to much..They were such a great looking and sounding bunch of guys!

thingy said...

Alice actually looks cute there.

mister muleboy said...

Ahhh -- thank Gahd you understand.

Alice Cooper were the greatest American band of the 1970s. The Ramones weren't half-bad, mind you.

Dennis, Glen, Michael, Vince, and Neal, you brought -- and bring -- me immense pleasure to this day. I am sad that you were cut short by the sudden need for Vince to distance himself from the scary parts of rock-and-roll, and overtly and plaintively make it just "theatrics."

I know, it was all a stage show before. But for a while, they too could have sung "we mean it, man. . . ."

Christopher, I agree wholeheartedly. I enjoy Muscle of Love, some of it's fun, but what in the fuck was Lixa Minelli doing in sessions with Alice Cooper -- they shoulda laughed her outta the place. But "Alice Cooper" insisted, I'm sure.

I like the theory of the record -- they told Bob Ezrin they wanted to strip it down and play it their way. Ezrin walked, and we got the two Jacks [Richardson and Douglas]. Unfortunately, Vince's theatrics still somehow won the day.

* sigh *

Christopher said...

They were part of an awakening into cultural things in the early 70s..Guys like that made it ok for Rock-n-Roll kids to branch out and enjoy film,theatre,horror,classics...I'd given up on Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath by late 1973 and was exploring differen't types of music..But I enjoy the heck out of these early videos..they withstand the test of time..

Mac said...

My parents took me to my very first concert. 10 years old. James Taylor & Carole King (opening: Jo Mama!). During "Sweet Baby James," when JT sang "Deep greens & blues are the colors I choose...," his opposite-sides white spotlights snapped to GREEN and BLUE. It blew my fucking mind! It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen! My second concert was Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies show (opening: a very scrawny-looking ZZ Top!).

It is why I am the person I am today.

Christopher said...

ZZ Top and Flo and Eddie opened the Killer tour in '72

Tommy O'C said...

When Vince ended up on Hollywood Squares, it be over. If not sooner. But if the others were so talented, why did only one of them go on to lasting glory?

Fred said...

Your answer: lead singer-itis. It didn't help that most fans didn't know that the band's name was Alice Cooper and the singer's name was Vince. They just assumed that Vince WAS Alice Cooper.

Unfortunately, the history of rock-and-roll is littered with the corpses of musicians (often derisively termed "sidemen") who were overshadowed by charismatic lead singers (usually referred to as "frontmen"). Look no further than the Rolling Stones, whose singer, someone named Mick Jagger, went onto fame and fortune, while the talented guitarist who started the band (Brian Jones) lay floating at the bottom of a swimming pool. Do you think "The Who" would have played halftime if it was Pete and Roger who were dead and John and Keith still alive?