The original Alice Cooper band were a quintet from Phoenix, Arizona, led by Detroit native Vincent Furnier (born 4 February 1948), who later took the group’s name as his own. Their classic line-up existed barely five years but, in that time, they devised a unique brand of theatrical horror-rock that would be adapted by countless (and lesser) artists over the years. Yet Alice Cooper – both the band and the man – amounted to far more than guillotines, electric chairs and ominously large snakes. They also wrote era-defining, hard-driving rock songs which helped sustain their singer’s legacy after he embarked on his highly successful solo career in 1975. In celebration of this singular icon, we present the ten best Alice Cooper songs, both solo and with the band.
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10: Only Women Bleed (from ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’, 1975)
With seven albums and multi-platinum sales under their belt, the Alice Cooper band had already cemented their legend before their leader struck out as a solo artist, in 1975. He opened his account in spectacular fashion with Welcome To My Nightmare, a highly accomplished concept album based around the nightmares of a child named Steven and polished to perfection by KISS and Lou Reed producer Bob Ezrin.
One of several tracks on the album that could stake a claim to being among the best Alice Cooper songs, the glorious Only Women Bleed featured a smartly-observed lyric about domestic violence, viewed from a female perspective (“Man makes your hair grey/He’s your life’s mistake/All you’re really looking for is an even break”) and it benefitted from one of Cooper’s most emotive vocal performances, plus Ezrin’s bells-and-whistles production job. A brave and brilliant ballad, Only Women Bleed peaked at No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and later enjoyed a second season in the sun when Julie Covington’s impressive cover version made the UK Top 20 in 1978.