Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
I found this baby for a mere 6 dollars last year, still shrink-wrapped(!), which is perhaps a first for my new-to-me 1001 albums purchases.
Naturally, such an unprecedented event had to be documented (from August 2015):
For many moons, Alice has been among my favourite interviews.
He’s articulate, funny, and he always has something new & interesting to say.
Who else would donate one of the ‘O’s from the Hollywood sign in memory of Groucho Marx?
So the phrase, long-time fan, first-time album buyer applies for me here.
Would the art be as impressive as the artist?
“A lot of folks look to School’s Out as the definitive Alice Cooper. While School’s Out is brilliant, it is Billion Dollar Babies that would have to make your desert island collection. Boasting four singles (“Billion Dollar Babies”, “Elected”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, and “Hello Hooray”), there is more firepower per minute in these grooves than the more eclectic School’s Out. BDB boasts everything weird and wonderful about Alice, from necrophilia to dental surgery. Yes, dental surgery! “Unfinished Sweet” is the coolest track about your molars ever recorded. Take it from LeBrain – this album is a must have, and that’s why it’s on the 1001 list!”
– Mike “LeBrain” Ladano, mikeladano.com
For many moons, LeBrain has been an articulate, funny blogger, always with something new and interesting to say. So the phrase, long-time fan, first-time-Alice-Cooper-album-review-quote-requester applies for me here, cheers Mike!
Mike is spot on with the weird & wonderful, firepower-filled, must-have nature of BDB.
Every time you think you know which way the album is going, the band switches gears.
For example, I certainly didn’t see the gentle, McCartney-esque Mary Ann coming in the tracklist.
Maybe I should have seen the next & final track coming, I Love the Dead (which is as cheerful as it sounds), but even by the end of the album, I was unable to anticipate the twists & turns.
Thus confirming that BDB is exactly how I hoped an Alice Cooper record would sound: intriguing, unpredictable, and above all, always theatrical.
He’s a performer, putting on a show.
A show I’d buy tickets to any day.
Though I may not choose to make the Kingston-Windsor return journey many more times, I enjoyed turning an extended track & field commute into a productive trip & I appreciated the opportunity to immerse in these 6 albums.
I’ve also appreciated you folks coming along for the ride, thanks for reading/writing/participating in this series!