“We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.” – Alice Cooper

This is a very normal statement, if you consider who it’s coming from.

Vincent Damon Furnier, a.k.a. Alice Cooper, has had similar outbursts of honesty throughout his career: “The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.” Small wonder – this is the man who wrote a song about the end of the school.

But who or what Alice Cooper is? “What” is the right word, because of the fact that in the beginning “Alice Cooper” was the name of the band Vincent Furnier was in. After some time he was so associated with the name, so he thought – “hell, why not?”, and became Alice Cooper.

Which brings us to the question – who is Alice Cooper? The man whose stage act includes live snakes, straight jackets, corpses and other horror movies props. He was publicly executed on stage many times – strapped to the electric chair, killed by gallows or the guillotine. The audience attending his concerts is guaranteed a true horror-show. Each time.

But what was the beginning, and when did that happen?

“Pretties for You” is a debut album by Alice Cooper, released 48 years ago, when Alice Cooper was the name of the band, rather than the man. The line-up was: Alice Cooper (lead vocal), Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar) and Neal Smith (drums). Their debut consisted of 13 songs, and it wasn’t a major critical and commercial success.

Be that as it may, it is still well worth listening, for it was the beginning of a very successful career.

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