Understanding Metal Music thru Alice Cooper
This is very important part of understanding metal music. Why the gore, why the costumes, the dark and sinister lyrics that drew together tens of thousands of people to concerts? Then I was watching an episode of Top Gear BBC and Alice Cooper was the guest in their reasonably priced car to race around their test track. The host asked why he changed his name to Alice. And it was put simply, they were wanting to create a reaction, for the parents to hate them and the kids to love them. They were speaking out about the oppression that was being felt through society at that time. The gore and sinister costumes he wore was because he was playing the villain. Like the theater and actors, someone is the good guy and someone is the bad guy, Alice Cooper chose to be the bad guy. And he song about that. He accomplished his goal of getting a reaction and in a big way. Out of Europe to America he was one of the original bands that helped bring about the heavy metal revolution. He said he was killed four times in his last show when he retired. I’m gonna have to see if I can find that on you-tube.
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