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Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, crutch and dueling sword, considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock.

Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960s after Furnier moved from Detroit, Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.

Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage; The Rolling Stone Album Guide has called him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre". Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Pretties for You 2.5 2
1969 Easy Action 2.5 3
1971 Love It to Death 3.65 7
1971 Killer 4 7
1972 School’s Out 4 5
1973 Billion Dollar Babies 4 6
1973 Muscle of Love 3.5 5
1980 Flush the Fashion 3.25 3
1981 Special Forces 4 3
1982 Zipper Catches Skin 3 2
1983 DaDa 3 1
1986 Constrictor 2.5 3
1987 Raise Your Fist and Yell 3 3
1989 Trash 3.6 5
1991 Hey Stoopid 3.35 4
1994 The Last Temptation 3 3
1997 He's Back 1
2000 Brutal Planet 4 4
2001 Dragontown 4.35 4
2003 The Eyes of Alice Cooper 2
2005 Dirty Diamonds 2
2008 Along Came a Spider 3
2011 Welcome 2 My Nightmare 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 School Days: The Early Recordings Compilation 1
1974 Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits Compilation 3.5 3
1974 Greatest Hits Compilation 2
1989 The Beast of Alice Cooper Compilation 3 1
1989 Prince of Darkness Compilation 1
1995 Classicks Compilation 4 1
1997 A Nice Nightmare Compilation 1
1998 Poison Compilation 3 1
1998 Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces (1984-1991) Compilation 1
1999 The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper Compilation 1
1999 Super Hits Compilation 2
2000 Hell Is Compilation 1
2001 Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper Compilation 1
2001 The Definitive Alice Cooper Compilation 4 1
2002 The Essentials Compilation 1
2003 Hell Is Compilation 1
2003 Poison Compilation 4 1
2003 The Ultimate Clip Collection Compilation 1
2004 School's Out and Other Hits Compilation 1
2005 Legends Compilation 2
2005 Collections Compilation 2
2007 The Best of Alice Cooper Compilation 2
2009 Greatest Hits: Steel Box Collection Compilation 1
2009 Spark in the Dark: The Best of Alice Cooper Compilation 1
2011 Original Album Classics Compilation 1
2012 Playlist: The Very Best Of Alice Cooper Compilation 1
2012 Original Album Series Compilation 1

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