Alice Cooper (the musician Vincent Damon Furnier)

~ Person

Legal name: Alice Cooper, Vincent Damon Furnier


Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1960s after he moved from Detroit, Michigan, "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 released its first album in 1969 but broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from their third studio 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 26th album in total. In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal, pop rock, experimental rock, and industrial rock.

Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Welcome to My Nightmare Alice Cooper 3.65 13
1976 Alice Cooper Goes to Hell Alice Cooper 3.35 8
1977 Lace and Whiskey Alice Cooper 4.5 6
1978 From the Inside Alice Cooper 4 8
1980 Flush the Fashion Alice Cooper 3.25 5
1981 Special Forces Alice Cooper 4 5
1982 Zipper Catches Skin Alice Cooper 3 5
1983 DaDa Alice Cooper 3 4
1986 Constrictor Alice Cooper 2.5 6
1987 Raise Your Fist and Yell Alice Cooper 3 6
1989 Trash Alice Cooper 3.6 10
1991 Hey Stoopid Alice Cooper 3.35 6
1994 The Last Temptation Alice Cooper 3 5
2000 Brutal Planet Alice Cooper 4 7
2001 Dragontown Alice Cooper 4.35 7
2003 The Eyes of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 6
2005 Dirty Diamonds Alice Cooper 4
2008 Along Came a Spider Alice Cooper 6
2011 Welcome 2 My Nightmare Alice Cooper 5 8

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Prince of Darkness Alice Cooper 3
1995 Classicks Alice Cooper 4 3
1997 …A Nice Nightmare Alice Cooper 1
1997 He’s Back Alice Cooper 1
1998 Poison Alice Cooper 3 1
1998 Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces 1984-91 Alice Cooper 1
1999 The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 1
1999 Super Hits Alice Cooper 2
2001 Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 2
2001 The Definitive Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 4 2
2003 Hell Is Alice Cooper 2
2003 Poison Alice Cooper 4 1
2003 The Ultimate Clip Collection Alice Cooper 1
2005 Legends Alice Cooper 3
2007 The Best of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 2
2009 Greatest Hits: Steel Box Collection Alice Cooper 1
2009 Spark in the Dark: The Best of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 1
2011 Original Album Classics Alice Cooper 1
2012 Playlist: The Very Best of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 The Alice Cooper Show Alice Cooper 6
1997 A Fistful of Alice Alice Cooper 5
2000 Brutally Live Alice Cooper 3
2006 Live at Montreux 2005 Alice Cooper 3
2009 The Nightmare Returns (Live in Detroit 1986) Alice Cooper 1
2010 Theatre of Death: Live at Hammersmith 2009 Alice Cooper 2
2011 No More Mr. Nice Guy: Live! Alice Cooper 4
2014 Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken Alice Cooper 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood Alice Cooper, Bundesjugendorchester & Alexander Shelley 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Freedom Alice Cooper 1
1989 Poison Alice Cooper 1
1989 Bed of Nails Alice Cooper 2
1989 House of Fire Alice Cooper 2
1991 Burning Our Bed Alice Cooper 1
1991 Hey Stoopid Alice Cooper 5
1991 Love’s a Loaded Gun Alice Cooper 4
1992 Feed My Frankenstein Alice Cooper 4 3
1994 It’s Me Alice Cooper 1
1994 Lost in America Alice Cooper 1
2000 Gimme Alice Cooper 1
2009 Keepin’ Halloween Alive Alice Cooper 2
2014 Hallow’s Grave Blue Coupe with Alice Cooper 1
2016 Elected (Alice Cooper for President 2016) Alice Cooper 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Alice Does Alice Alice Cooper 1

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