In Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?!, we quiz a grizzled artist on their very own profession to see how a lot they will keep in mind – and discover out if the booze, loud music and/or tour sweeties has knocked the information out of them. This week: Alice Cooper, who celebrates 50 years in music this yr.
1: Which comic performed you in a 2018 episode of Sky’s City Myths about your friendship with Salvador Dali?
“Black hair. Appears like a rock star. Gosh, what’s his identify? He was in a extremely hilarious comedy duo. I did a number of TV reveals and went to his native pub with him. Noel Fielding!”
“He’s a really humorous man. In reality, he was asking me questions on Dali so I used to be conscious he was enjoying me on this factor. I’m nice on faces and the worst on names.”
What’s your favorite Dali reminiscence?
“Effectively, Salvador Dali was a present unto himself. Simply him strolling right into a room was very theatrical. One time, he ordered drinks for us all, then ordered himself a glass of scorching water. When it got here, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a giant jar of honey. And he begins pouring the honey into the new water and lifts all of it the best way up – will get a giant stream of honey occurring – then he pulls out a pair of scissors from his pocket and cuts the stream. (Laughs) He was inherently theatrical and also you couldn’t perceive a phrase he stated. However he was the best technical artist of all time.”
2: In The Simpsons episode ‘I’m Spelling As Quick As I Can’, what does Principal Skinner change the lyrics of ‘Faculty’s Out’ to?
“(Laughs) I didn’t see that one! Rob Zombie, Gene Simmons and I did a Treehouse Of Horror comedian e-book for Halloween for them, and I’ve seen them use ‘No Extra Mr. Good Man’, however I by no means noticed the ‘Faculty’s Out’ one.”
WRONG. He sings ‘Faculty’s again in session/Let’s start our lesson!’. Bonus reality: your music has been utilized in 4 Simpsons episodes over time.
“(Laughs) I at all times inform individuals – we tried to put in writing ‘Faculty’s Again In’. No one was backing it. Each child went: ‘That’s not the concept. You have been proper concerning the first one!’”
three: You recorded a rejected James Bond theme ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. What spectacular line-up of backing singers did you could have?
“Oh, I had nice ones – The Pointer Sisters, Ronnie Spector and Liza Minnelli. And it ought to have been the theme. Even Christopher Lee [who played villain Scaramanga in the film] listened to each songs and stated: ‘Why aren’t we utilizing Alice’s? That is a lot better’.”
“Liza’s like her mom – she was simply constructed for Broadway. She was uncomfortable anyplace apart from onstage – she’s like me on that degree.”
Didn’t you as soon as meet Elvis together with her?
“Completely! Myself, Liza Minnelli, Linda Lovelace [‘70s porn actor] and Chubby Checker have been all invited to see Elvis in Vegas in ‘71/’72. Three of us got here down within the elevator and one particular person stayed the night time. I don’t know what Elvis and Chubby Checker did all night time however…(Laughs). After we acquired there, he was Elvis – however the actual Elvis. He was black leather-based Elvis. When he walked right into a room, he was the man you needed to see. He wasn’t bloated or on medication – you couldn’t have seen a greater one. It was an honour to fulfill him. He took me within the kitchen and stated [Adopts a convincing Elvis accent]: ‘I-uh-wanna-sho’ you man, the way to take a gun outta’anyone’s hand’. And he fingers me a loaded .38. I’m standing there with a loaded .38 on Elvis Presley, and a tiny satan inside me stated: ‘Shoot him!’ (Laughs). By the point I might make up my thoughts, I used to be on the ground, the gun was on the opposite facet of the room and Elvis’s boot was on my throat! I actually appreciated him. He was self-deprecating, a variety of enjoyable and a cultured man.”
four: Are you able to identify any of your ten marketing campaign pledges from if you revived ‘Alice Elected’ for the 2016 presidential race?
“Oh boy, lemme see! The principle one was anyone speaking in film theatres in the course of the film can be thrown overseas.”
CORRECT. Amongst others, you promised: ‘Getting Brian Johnson again in AC/DC’, ‘including Lemmy to Mt Rushmore’ and ‘a snake in each pot’.
“(Laughs) There was one other one too. Guys ought to need to move a take a look at to put on Speedos publicly as a result of it’s an eyesore. You must be capable of go as much as the man and go: ‘You’re 50lbs chubby and you’ve got a Speedo on, you owe me $50’.”
Speaking of cash, certainly one of your manifesto commitments was to place your late pal Groucho Marx on the $50 invoice…
“Oh Groucho was nice and deserved to be on cash! He would have been the best president of all time. He can be outrageous, however when he was alive within the ‘50s, the presidents of the USA – the Eisenhowers, the Trumans – would name up Groucho and say: ‘Hear, I’m assembly a man from Holland or Hungary, what’s your tackle him?’. He was a Kissinger-like choose of character. Plenty of presidents confided in him. As loopy as Groucho was, he was thought-about a political mind.”
5: What music of yours did Johnny Rotten lip-sync to in his audition for the Intercourse Pistols?
“Oh simple! ‘I’m Eighteen’”.
“Although it wasn’t on his favorite album, which was ‘Killer’ – he stated that was the best file ever made. However ‘Eighteen’ was the music he and Sid Vicious used to busk in tunnels and subways. As an alternative of singing Irish people songs, they’d be doing ‘I Love The Useless’, ‘Eighteen’ and ‘Useless Infants’.”
6: Which Swedish Abba-loving pop group did you duet with on a 2003 cowl of ‘Faculty’s Out’?
“A Swedish band?! Wow! I’m attempting to think about who that might be. Definitely not Abba!”
WRONG. It was the A*Teenagers.
“Huh? (A second, then realising) That’s proper! They have been like a complete toy-band, proper? I completely forgot about that. They did this pop model of it that I virtually didn’t recognise. One other time that occurred was once I was in a elevator, form of listening to the music enjoying and I went ‘That’s a great little music’. My spouse goes: ‘It’s ‘Poison’!’ It was some little pop band like that band you talked about – and that music was so out of their league.”
Anyone left that you simply’d nonetheless prefer to work with?
“I’d nonetheless love to put in writing a ballad or mid-tempo music with Burt Bacharach – he’s certainly one of my heroes. As a lot as I’ve labored with Paul McCartney earlier than on the [Hollywood] Vampires and on his factor, I’d love to put in writing a music with McCartney additionally.”
7: When your band began out, what battle scene from a musical would you re-enact onstage?
“We did West Facet Story. We did the Jets music: (Sings) ‘Whenever you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the best way’. What individuals didn’t realise again then was these have been actual switchblades. After we did the battle scene, anyone would get reduce each night time. However you’d by no means, ever catch Alice Cooper with a rubber knife. All the things I exploit is actual metal. We have been drunk and loopy sufficient to not thoughts getting reduce. If there was blood on the stage, it was from us.”
eight: Within the 2012 made-for-TV movie Bigfoot, you play your self headlining Deadwood’s First Annual ’80s Flashback Pageant. Which bands have pulled out?
“Wow…I wouldn’t even keep in mind that one. I’ve executed so many excursions. Who pulled out?”
WRONG. The promoter tells you Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and Sting have pulled out.
“In fact! That was when [Spoiler alert!] the Bigfoot ate me on the finish and Danny Bonaduce performed the promoter. (Laughs) Yeah, you’re proper! I did that film as a result of Syfy confirmed a brand new one each Saturday with a distinct rock star. You understand, I watched these films, as dangerous as they have been – they’re simply terrible – and I stated: ‘Effectively I wish to do a kind of!’. They stated: ‘OK, nice! We’ve acquired this one with Bigfoot and he eats you in the long run.’ And I went: ‘Completely! I’m in!’. So we shot it in 5 hours in Seattle and I used to be very proud to be eaten by Bigfoot, thanks!”
9: In accordance with your – probably closely fabricated – 1976 autobiography ‘Me, Alice’, why ought to we be cautious of accepting a jelly donut from you?
“(Laughs) Initially, that was a fantastic work of fiction. It had little to do with something! Let’s simply say uh…it was one thing each little boy does and doing in jelly donuts appeared acceptable on the time. However it by no means occurred – I assumed it was one thing Monty Python would have appreciated.”
CORRECT. You invented the baked-goods fornication plot of American Pie 23 years earlier than the movie. What’s been the weirdest hearsay about your self you’ve heard?
“When the hen incident occurred in 1969 – anyone introduced a reside hen onstage and I threw it into the viewers pondering it could fly, earlier than it plummeted they usually tore it to items. The following day, it says: ‘Alice Cooper rips hen aside and eats it onstage’. All people was greater than prepared to imagine this. This was pre-internet and the whole lot was city legend and other people wanted Alice to be the one villain in rock’n’roll. After that, there was Ozzy and the bat, however the one all people pivoted on was Alice killing a hen onstage. We’d get to the following metropolis they usually’d say: ‘Effectively you possibly can’t set a German shepherd on fireplace tonight!’. (Laughs) And I’d say ‘What?!’. I’m the most important animal lover ever. I’ve had rumours that I used to be Eddie Haskell from [US sitcom] Go away It To Beaver; that I used to be Captain Kangaroo’s son. Individuals maintain inventing them – I’ve been the President of Mensa, I’m Illuminati. The trick is to not deny something!”
10: At an early gig that concerned drag troupe The Cockettes and opium suppositories, what shocked the then-head of Warner Bros. Data?
“Effectively that was our popping out get together on the Ambassador Resort, the place the place RFK [Robert F Kennedy] was shot. Individuals didn’t know who Alice Cooper was so we threw this huge debutante ball. We had drag queens, The Cockettes have been the cigarette ladies and we had T.V. Mama – a 400lbs girl – burst out of a cake. It was hellzapoppin’! The file firm sat there going ‘This isn’t Jackson Browne’. We needed to offer them an indication – be prepared for something.”
CORRECT. Funky soul diva T.V. Mama jumped bare out of a cake then sang ‘Joyful Birthday’ at a disgruntled head of Warner Bros.
“I knew we might have enjoyable with it once we first went to Britain. The British public liked a Hollywood publicity stunt. After we stalled a truck with a billboard of me bare aside from a snake coming from between my legs in Piccadilly on Friday rush-hour – and stopped visitors throughout London, acquired on the entrance web page of newspapers – I assumed we’d get into bother however we didn’t as a result of the British liked how outrageous it was.”
The decision: 7/10
“That’s good. And I’m glad I acquired Noel Fielding’s identify that was on the tip of my tongue – in any other case that might have been embarrassing!”
Alice Cooper brings his ‘Ol’ Black Eyes Is Again’ tour to the UK in October
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