Showing posts with label Alice Cooper. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alice Cooper. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Poison - Alice Cooper

'Poison' is one of Alice Cooper's most well-known songs, and provided his last major mainstream hit, in 1989. It was taken from his album 'Trash', which was produced by Desmond Child. The whole album sounded more commercial and radio-friendly than previous Cooper albums, which may account for its success.

The single reached number 2 in the UK, number 7 in the USA and number 10 in the Dutch Top 40. The music video for 'Poison' was available in two versions. Model Rana Kennedy wore nothing but a black thong in the original video, so a more modest version was filmed in which Kennedy wears a corset to cover her upper body.

My collection: 7" single no. 1056
Found: London, October 17, 1989
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Poison' / 'Trash'

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Halo of flies - Alice Cooper

In 1973, the Dutch offshore radio station Veronica broadcast their annual Top 100 of all times, compiled by listeners. For the first time, it featured Alice Cooper's 'Halo of flies', from his 1971 album 'Killer'.

His record company was quick to recognise the commercial potential, and released a single of this track. A lengthy single: the A-side clocked in at 8'21 minutes. Quite impressive, given that it was still a 45 rpm disc. The single was only released in the Netherlands, where it reached number 5 in the Dutch Top 40 in the summer of 1973.

My collection: 7" single no. 2947
Found: Record fair, Leiden, January 31, 1998
Cost: 10 guilders
Tracks: 'Halo of flies' / 'Under my wheels'

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

How you gonna see me now - Alice Cooper

During his 1977 tour Alice Cooper's alcoholism was becoming an issuel. It was rumoured that he drank up to two cases of Budweiser and a bottle of whiskey every day. Following the tour, Cooper had himself hospitalized in a New York sanitarium for treatment. His experience in the sanitarium was the inspiration for his 1978 semi-autobiographical album 'From the inside', which Cooper co-wrote with Bernie Taupin.

The single 'How you gonna see me now', taken from that album, was a ballad. The lyric depicted the fear of the singer of how his wife would react to him after his spell in the sanitarium. The song was one of the first I recorded from the radio when I got a radio/taperecorder at age 10. I found the single ten years later.

My collection: 7" single no. 1420
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, April 7, 1991
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'How you gonna see me now' / 'No tricks'
Download: here
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