Vinyl Confessions – MULLET ROCK II

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VAN HALEN – Van Halen
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VAN HALEN – Van Halen II
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VAN HALEN – 1984
…as I mentioned back in the Vinyl Confessions bit that had David Lee Roth’s first solo EP, I was never that big of a Van Halen fan. I remember being introduced to them back in grade school, where a few of my classmates had the 1984 on cassette, and hearing the big hits from that one on the radio at the time (being “Jump”, “I’ll Wait”, and to a lesser extent, “Hot For Teacher”). Truth be told, if hard pressed to choose a side, I would say I fall squarely in the Van Hagar era as far as favorite iterations of the band goes; however, these three are no slouches, and let’s face it: while not that great of a singer, Roth is the perfect frontman for Van Halen.
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ALICE COOPER – Flush The Fashion
…so, the early 80s saw a lot of the classic rockers kind of adopt a more New Wave style to ride the trend that was emerging on the Top 40 Radio at the time. Alice Cooper went through that phase with a handful of albums in the early-to-mid 80s, starting with this one. While more a fan of his hard rock and metal output, I have to admit that there are some rather good songs on this album.

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Vinyl Confessions: WELCOME TO MY BREAKDOWN

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Continuing on (long overdue) with my showing off of my ever-growing vinyl record collection, I now present to you the so-far three albums from one of my favorite performers: Alice Cooper…
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ALICE COOPER – Killer
This one is probably the first Alice Cooper that I never did own in any other format. Meaning, this is the first time I’ve heard this one put out with the Alice Cooper Band proper. And…it’s a pretty good album, really. Some pretty good deep cuts on this one…
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ALICE COOPER – Welcome To My Nightmare
Everything about this album is classic Alice Cooper, from the concept, the Vincent Price cameo, and the Steven Trilogy still gives me chills and freaks me out each time I listen to it. Like a good Hammer horror flick should…
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ALICE COOPER – Goes To Hell
Of the three that I have on vinyl (for now), this is probably my least favorite one. That’s not to say there aren’t any bright spots on this; it just that, following up such a strong concept record like Welcome To My Nightmare, this one just doesn’t compete. Love that cover, though…

I’m still keeping my eyes open for other records from master of shock rock, so this probably won’t be the last time this guy’s going to pop up in this blog series. Until next time, cheers…

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HALLOWEEN’ING Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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It’s here! It’s here! The Greatest Day of the Year! Okay, so I usually don’t get this kind of excitable, but…IT’S HALLOWEEN! It’s the day we’ve been counting down to, waiting for with baited breath, marking the passage of time with…well, you know. Anyway, it’s time to do whatever it is you do for this day of days. As for me, I’m going to probably do what I always do: Stay in, make up some snacky-snacks, and settle in for a bit of a Horror Movie Marathon! But, not too late…it is a work night, after all. Until next year, cheers, and keep the Halloween Spirit alive for the rest of the year…

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HALLOWEEN’ING Day 3: “Paranormal” (Alice Cooper)

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Look, you’re probably going to be getting an Alice Cooper reference here at least once every year. This year it’s no different. And rather than taking a look back at one of his classic releases, this time I’m gonna reference his recently-released album Paranormal. Specifically, the lead-in title cut, “Paranormal”.

The song is sung from the point of view of a ghost that is lamenting not being able to physically be with his love, who is still alive. It’s rather poignant as well as creepy in its execution.

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2016 Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Here we are! The Big Day itself! HALLOWEEN! We made it through another month of Halloween’ing, and now we get to celebrate by whatever means possible. For many, it may be the tried and true tradition of trick or treating (if that hasn’t been supplanted by the whole “trunk or treat” thing that’s big nowadays). Or perhaps a gathering with friends, either a blowout or a more intimate get together. Or perhaps, like myself, you just like to stay in, and play a marathon of movies to cap off the evening. However you do it, have fun and remember that Satan sucks and doesn’t deserve this or any day. Hail the Reanimator, Christ Jesus. Now, here’s a bit of Alice Cooper to send off all into the night, and the inevitable post-Halloween depression that follows on November 1st…

HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 5 – Welcome To My Nightmare (Alice Cooper)

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WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
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There’s really no other musician’s name that is so tied into the spirit of Halloween that it’s their face the pops to mind the moment you even utter the word “Halloween” other than the man, the myth, the legend that is Alice Cooper. They say that if you say the word “Halloween” three times into a mirror, Alice Cooper will appear behind you. Okay, maybe I made that last part up, but darned if I don’t keep trying in hopes of it actually working one night. Anyway…

Welcome To My Nightmare is considered by many to be Alice Cooper’s magnum opus. His first release as a solo artist (with seven releases prior to this as the Alice Cooper Band before taking the name with him), Welcome To My Nightmare is a concept album about the goings-on inside the head of a crazy person named Steven as he’s trapped in his nightmares, trying to wake up.

The best way to listen to this album is back-to-back, without skipping around. I mean, you probably could, but then you’ll miss the building dread that the songs really hit you with. There’s the spooky, jazzy fun of the opening title track, the fantastic Vincint Price monologue that leads into “The Black Widow”, the heart-felt yet chilling “Only Women Bleed”, and the morbid and black humor of “Cold Ethyl”. But the thing that really sets this as a musical psychological horror movie is the unofficial Steven Trilogy: “Years Ago”, “Steven” and “The Awakening”. This is the point where Steven manages to wake up from his inner nightmare, only to realize that he’s stepped into a far worse nightmare in reality.

In 2011, Alice Cooper released a sequel to Welcome To My Nightmare, one that many consider just as good as the original. Sure, why not. But, for all intents and purposes for this post, check out the original Nightmare some time. And try not to fall asleep…


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Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY: ALICE COOPER (Band)

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KISS may be credited for pioneering theatrics in the metal genre, but it was the Alice Cooper Band that really brought the spectacle to rock and roll. Like a Hammer Horror all done up in vaudeville, Alice Cooper the band pretty much embodied shock rock and ran with it, inspiring metal bands since with how to really put on a show.

“I’m Eighteen”

“School’s Out”

“Billion Dollar Babies”

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