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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 7/2/13

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Generation Landslide” by Alice Cooper

Some records just keep on getting better with time.

Alice Cooper’s 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies is certainly one such record with songs like “Elected,” the title cut (featuring a guest vocal from Donovan), “Sick Things,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Unfinished Suite” and today’s Song Of The Day.

And back in the day, the packaging of a record was just as important as what was pressed onto the plastic. This one was originally packaged like an alligator skin wallet complete with photos, a bill fold and an oversized billion dollar bill.  “In Alice We Trust,” indeed…

Alice Cooper originally started out as a band featuring singer Vincent Furnier along with Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton and Dennis Dunaway, until Furnier took on the name Alice Cooper for his own. He was one of the first “shock rockers” with a stage show that featured guillotines, baby doll corpses, snakes, electric chairs and lots of fake blood.

Like many of his generation, the fine line between the character of Alice Cooper and that of the real Vincent Furnier began to fade away, and as a result Cooper became an alcoholic caricature of himself as time went on. Once he cleaned up, Cooper traded in his addiction to alcohol for a much healthier addiction to golf.

With his alcoholic days long behind him, I saw him perform at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC during the late 90s, and his show featured all of the above named accoutrements. Not only were his music and vocals still spot on, but the spectacle was amazing.

At the time of the show, I was producing music compilations for Time Life Music. Following the show, I was brought onto his tour bus to meet him, and to show his appreciation for all of the tracks we licensed of his for Time Life compilations, he signed photos and album covers for us and gave us each a tour T-shirt.  He was a gracious host who was about as normal as you could imagine.

Edited: July 1st, 2013

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 11/6/12 – Election Day 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Elected” by Alice Cooper

Vote early and vote often! (Well, forget about the often part, I’m sure Florida will come up with some other way to try to steal this election.) Song Of The Day firmly endorses Barak Obama! No matter whom you are supporting, vote for Obama! Slipped again, no matter who you support, please go out and vote. It’s your civic duty and one of the key rights our forefathers fought for! I’m sure lots of people are posting this song today, so while you’re at it, vote for Alice too!

Edited: November 5th, 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 11/1/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Unfinished Sweet” by Alice Cooper

So Halloween is in the rear-view mirror…and I guess the Christmas season will soon begin (like today). But in this post Halloween lull, we should all be concerned about something near and dear to my heart…dental hygiene. Those who know me well are aware that for the last four years I’ve been a consultant for a major dental supply company, and in that time I’ve picked up a few tips on making sure the chompers are kept in good working order. During this time of year, the tendency is to eat tons of candy and forgo the requisite brushing and flossing that should occur immediately after. This type of behavior will lead you to…THE CHAIR! Not the electric chair, but the dentist’s chair — much like the poor sod of this cautionary tale by Alice Cooper from the 1973 album “Billion Dollar Babies.” If the whirring of the dentist drill makes you queasy, than this track is definitely not going to be your cup of tea (especially since tea stains teeth)…but if you have a thing for the perverse, this track will put a billion dollar smile on your face.

Edited: October 31st, 2012

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – 4/29/12

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Generation Landslide” by Alice Cooper

Some records keep getting better with time. “Billion Dollar Babies” by Alice Cooper is certainly one of them featuring songs like “Elected,” the title cut (featuring guest artist Donovan), “Sick Things,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Unfinished Suite” and this song. The album was originally packaged like an alligator skin wallet complete with photos, a bill fold and a large billion dollar bill. Alice Cooper originally started out as a band featuring singer Vincent Furnier along with Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton and Dennis Dunaway, until Furnier took on the name Alice Cooper for his own. He was one of the first “shock rockers” with a stage show that featured guillotines, baby doll corpses, snakes, electric chairs and lots of fake blood. Like many of his generation, the fine line between the character of Alice Cooper and that of the real Vincent Furnier began to fade away, and as a result Cooper became an alcoholic and a bit of a caricature of himself as time went on. During the late 1990s with his alcoholic days way behind him, I saw him perform in a Washington DC club and his show featured all of the above named accoutrements. Not only were his music and vocals still spot on, but the spectacle was amazing. I was brought onto his tour bus after the show to meet him, and he was a gracious host who was about as normal as you could imagine.

Edited: April 28th, 2012

Song Of The Day – 12/8/10

Song Of The Day – “TNK (Tomorrow Never Knows)” by 801 

801 formed in 1976 by Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera after Roxy Music split and Manzanera found himself without a band. They formed for three concerts and released a live album featuring this Beatles tune. It’s been thirty years since we lost John Lennon…”Tomorrow Never Knows…”

Edited: December 8th, 2010

Song Of The Day – 11/2/10

Song Of the Day – “Elected” by Alice Cooper from the album “Billion Dollar Babies”

GET OUT AND  VOTE!  That way we can put this horrible election cycle behind us for good.  If politics are not your cup of tea (get it), then thankfully, there’s Alice Cooper to see us through.  I’d vote for him over some of the goofs we’ve got to choose from this time…

Listen: “Elected” by Alice Cooper

Edited: November 2nd, 2010

Halloween Weekend Special #3

Alice Cooper: “The Black Widow” originally from the album “Welcome To My Nightmare” 

This clip features the legendary Vincent Price!

Listen: Alice Cooper: “The Black Widow”

Edited: October 30th, 2010