Alice Cooper (the group)

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

Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960s after he 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 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, 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.

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

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Pretties for You 2.5 3
1970 Easy Action 2.5 5
1971 Love It to Death 3.65 9
1971 Killer 4 8
1972 School’s Out 4 6
1973 Billion Dollar Babies 4 6
1973 Muscle of Love 3.5 7
2011 Welcome 2 My Nightmare 5 6

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Alice Cooper Show 3
1991 Science Fiction 2
1992 Live at the Whiskey a-Go-Go 1969 1
1995 Freak Out 3
1997 A Fistful of Alice 4
2000 Brutally Live 3
2005 Live at Montreux 2005 2
2005 Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper 1
2010 Theatre of Death 1
2011 2011-10-29: No More Mr Nice Guy Live: Alexandra Palace, London, UK 2
2012 No More Mr Nice Guy Live 1
Nobody Likes Me 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1972 School’s Out / Gutter Cat 1

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