Alice Cooper Age – Alice Cooper is the acting name of Vincent Damon Furnier, an American singer, songwriter, and producer generally regarded as the godfather of ‘Shock Rock,’ a style he established inadvertently early in his career. Intending to sell a million albums, he first formed a band with his high school pals, which went by the moniker ‘Alice Cooper’ due to numerous name changes. However, after the band’s break following a spectacular decade-long career, Furnier officially changed his identity and continued to play and record albums under the same moniker.
He has published 27 studio albums, 48 singles, 11 live albums, 21 compilation albums, 12 videos, and an audiobook throughout his career, spanning five decades. The Recording Industry Association of America certified two of his solo albums and four of his band albums platinum. As a solo artist, he has earned two ‘Grammy’ nominations and has been inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his former band members. Additionally, he has appeared in several films and television series.
Alice Cooper founded his first band, the ‘Earwigs,’ at the age of sixteen with Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, John Tatum, and John Speer in 1964 to compete in the local yearly Letterman’s talent competition. They dressed up like the Beatles with wigs and costumes and performed parodies of their songs, which elicited an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd and earned them the show’s title.
Encouraged by the favorable reaction, they created a genuine band and changed their name to the ‘Spiders,’ with Cooper taking the lead vocals. In 1966, guitarist John Tatum was replaced by Michael Bruce, and the band started performing in pubs and on stages, ultimately releasing their first original song, the local smash ‘Don’t Blow Your Mind.’
By year’s end, the band had moved, and Neal Smith had taken over as drummer from John Speer. They chose the more gimmicky stage name ‘Alice Cooper’ after discovering that Todd Rundgren already had a band with the same name.
Following a failed performance and another mistimed audition for record producer Frank Zappa’s company, Straight Records, they landed a three-album contract due to their peculiarity. Their 1969 first album, ‘Pretties for You,’ was a critical and financial failure due to its experimental presentation of their psychedelic rock music.
The band’s eventual shock rock’ image was partly a consequence of a chicken mishap at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival performance in September 1969, which became a tabloid phenomenon. Following the failure of their second album, ‘Easy Action,’ they moved to Pontiac, Michigan, where their violent stage antics were more well-received, resulting in the success of their third album, ‘Love It to Death.’
Their follow-up album, ‘Killer’ (1971), outperformed its predecessor, peaking at No. 21 on the ‘Billboard 200’ charts in the United States and including chart-topping singles such as ‘Under My Wheels,’ ‘Be My Lover,’ and ‘Halo of Flies.’ Their fifth studio album, ‘School’s Out,’ debuted at No. 2 on the US charts, while the title tune was certified classic rock.
The band’s most successful album, ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ was released in 1973 and peaked at number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. The band came under growing criticism from political parties and internally disbanded after publishing their last album, ‘Muscle of Love,’ later that year.