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. 


About Crystal K

I am the wife of a metal head and the mom of a ten year old boy. I am proud of the work my husband has done making Slater's Metal Show. It is a heavy metal radio show both on air and online. I went to college for marketing and am helping him promote his show and website. My goal is to get one million fans listening to Slater's Metal Show.

4 responses to “Understanding Metal Music thru Alice Cooper”

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  2. japia says :

    You have asked an interesting question: Why all that mad stuff? I think that many of the bands that came into being since the seventies just needed to be noticed.
    Alice is notorious for being killed onstage. I know that he regularly did so during his 1980s shows. If you are interested, this shows one attempt:

    Obviously, he has increased the number since. : )


    • Crystal K says :

      That seemed to be the start of the heavy metal revolution. Loud music that got the listeners attention coupled with a flashy stage presence that included costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and theatrics. It was a great way to get noticed. I liked your article on censorship, it is something we are continually battling. Are you still enjoying Slater’s Metal Show? I hope so, please recommend the show to other metal fans you know. I would love to get one million listeners for the show.


      • japia says :

        I needed a long time to reply… But here I am. Slater’s Metal show runs on my laptop if ever I find the time for it. I have already discovered a great new band for my collection thanks to your husband’s show! Of course I recommend it. I have posted the link in my Heavy links list on the Heavy Metal Infection Blog.


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