Remember The Coop!, A Tribute To Alice Cooper's Killer Classics
Out of this double CD I seem to like disc 2 the most. Dimma and the original Cooper's Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway sound
the best w/ some others.
Michael Bruce w/ Dimma on 2 tracks, “Under My Wheels” and
“My Stars” from Iceland concert on Halloween night 2002.
Dennis Dunaway w/ Dimma recorded in Iceland in 2010 w/ Dimma’s Hjalti
Omar on vocals.
Dennis’s daughters Chelsea and Renee do an excellent job. Both remind
me a bit of Ani Defranco. Chelsea from Che Monet sings “Dead Babies”
accompanied by ukulele. Renee covers “Killer,” Renee also
has a band called Jetsetter. Each sister back each other on their own covers.
On “Killer” Renee also interjects “Mary Ann” lyrics. Rick Tedesco from Dennis Dunaway Project performs on “Big Apple
I notice Shawn Mars performs twice among others.
First in Mutant Monster Beach Party that covers “Is It My Body”
then solo in “School’s Out.”
Frankenstein 3000 performs twice first w/ Richard Barone who cover’s
“Hello Hooray” and just Frankenstein 3000 on “Desperado.”
Scream featuring Sim Cain on drums cover “Be My Lover.” Sim
Cain played w/ Rollins band from ’87 – 2000. “Be My Lover”, “Under My Wheels” and “Desperado”
are covered twice.
“Be My Lover” by Porro and The Raving Lunatics then on 2nd
CD by Scream featuring Sim Cain.
“Under My Wheels” by Michael Bruce w/ Dimma and 2nd CD by
“Desperado” by Graveyard School and on 2nd CD by Frankenstein
Two songs by Alice Cooper’s solo career are covered. “You
and Me” by Christian Beach and “Only Women Bleed” by
Eye Of The Dawn.
Released in 2001 by Steve Wensil of The Dead Kings
on Scat Boy Records. This tribute CD consist of mostly garage rock bands
and is very raw sounding. A lot of these bands are unknown to me but
maybe more popular around the North Carolina area I assume since that's
where The Dead Kings are known. Also Michael Bruce guest guitarist with
Antiseen's version of "Sick Things" that previously came out
on Anti-Seen "Here To Ruin Your Groove" CD.
is covered by The Frankenstein Drag Queens, who Wednesday 13's later
plays in the band called The Murderdolls.
There are quite a few good Alice Cooper covers. The only one I'm
not crazy about is "I'm Eighteen" which is really a conversation
between two people. As one guy is talking about Alice Cooper, the other
guy is talking about professional wrestling as an instrumental
of "I'm Eighteen" is being played in the background. "Dead Babies" by Rancid Vat slags on Alice at the end which I don't really get but they do a good version of the song.
It's real interesting to hear bands cover Alice Cooper especially
bands that are considered underground.
Inside the CD is a letter by original Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith.
This is one of my favorite tributes to Alice Cooper.
Most of these bands are Industrial or Goth.
This came out at a good time during Alice's "Brutal Planet"
CD which is sort of Industrial.
You can tell a lot of these bands were influenced by Alice Cooper. What
I like about this tribute is they don't sound like musicians doing impressions
of Alice. Mutations is a good title for this tribute CD. These artist
give their own interpetation without drawing away from the original.
Godhead version of "Hey Stoopid" and "Poison" by Tubring
sound like they could of been part
of the "Brutal Planet" album.
Chris Connelly who is also on the Welcome To Our Nightmare tribute CD does another cover "Hard Hearted Alice" which reminds
me of Nick Cave.
One of my favorite cover is "Ballad Of Dwight Fry" done by Loretta's
Doll. There is a funny story
here about them. You see I knew the singer
Bryin Dall from a previous band called The End. Bryin made me a copy of
"Strange Case of Alice Cooper" on vhs when he was working in
a video shop during his struggling years as a musician. Last time I heard
from Bryin was in '85. When I played this CD I loved this band doing 'Ballad
of Dwight Fry" and checked out their website that is listed in this
CD and sure enough it list Bryin Dall as vocalist. As I checked out Loretta's
Doll site they list as one time being 4th Sign of The Apocalypse band
who is listed as covering "Dead Babies". So I am not to sure
if 4th Sign... has disbanded or maybe still around w/ a different line
There are two versions of "Under My Wheels" but they are so
different in style you don't mind hearing
it twice. Texylvania version
sounds more like a garage band as Slick Idiot has that euro-dance mix.
An all star cast of musicians for this tribute to Alice Cooper music.
Produced by guitarist Bob Kulick who produced a number of Tribute CDs on the Dead Line
Music label. Kulick put together a group of well known musicians for
this Alice Cooper tribute. Artists as big as Daltrey from The Who and
members from Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Guns n Roses, Megadeth, Dio,
Humanary Stew a made up word taken from "TheBlack Widow" on Welcome To My Nightmare album.
There are some good covers done by these artist. Such
as Dio covering "Welcome to My Nightmare"
which is a sped up version than the original. Vince Neil & guitarist Mick Mars of Motley Crue recording "Cold
Ethyl" I find surprising since I'm not really a Motley Crue fan.
I also enjoyed Twisted Sister, Dee Snider doing "Go To Hell"
and to hear Sex Pistol's, Steve Jones with Guns N' Roses, Duff McKagen
both singing "Elected" are wise running mates.
Now I'm a big fan of The Who and Quadrophenia is my all time favorite album but
the only let down was Daltrey covering "No More Mr. Nice Guy" sort of reminds
me of a Vegas act. It could be he's not teamed up with
his partner Townshend. I notice even in Daltrey's solo albums his voice
isn't the same as in The Who. To me it seemed Roger listened to Pat Boone's version of the song. PeteTownshend complements Roger's vocals and pushes
him. This is not a put down to the musicians that played with
Roger on this song. He has a great band with him Slash,
Mike Inez, and Carmine Appice. I was surprised Slash wasn't on "Only
Women Bleed" since he's known to play some of the chords during
his Guns N' Roses concert days. Anyway we get to hear Slash play it
on "Fistful Of Alice" live recording with Alice singing it
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine who covered a number of Alice songs does "School's Out"
always enjoy listening to him. Glenn Hughes formerly of Deep Purple does a bluesy version
of "Only Women Bleed" Hughes vocals are just outstanding. There are many I haven't
mentioned but just as good. If you don't have it this is a must have just for all
Since Alice is coming out soon with is own cover album.
My guess it'll be out in the Spring or Summer.
There are a number of tribute recordings to Alice Cooper.
I have a few in my collection.
This 2 CD Alice Cooper Tribute was put out by Triple X Records in 1993, that lists 23 groups.
Some bands you may know, others are underground but all pay great homage to Alice Cooper. Each in their own style which I like rather than bands just copying exactly like the original. If that’s the case might as well play an Alice Cooper album right? Well, these bands do an excellent job and pick songs from all periods of Alice Cooper. They start off from the first Cooper album “Pretties For You” to “Trash” album.
Dramarama does a great version of “Reflected” and “Levity Ball” by Wallison Ladmok (featuring Paul Cutler and Don Bolles). I am not surprised that most of the tunes covered are from Alice’s early days especially from bands like these who are known to be more off-beat. I think that’s why I like the covers from this recordings. Also some of the bands range from garage rock, punk, and goth. Three of the major influences Alice Cooper had on these styles.
Former Revolting Cocks, Chris Connelly does a great cover of “Desperado”.
Tyla of Dogs D’Amour does an acoustic version of “Teenage Lament” which comes across just as sobering. Dutchess De Sade covers one of my favorite New Wave Alice tunes “Pain” from “Flush The Fashion” album. Vandals show their playfulness on “Poison” from the “Trash” album which is so funny as they switch to “Poison” by R&B Boy band Bel Biv Devoe that made me crack up.
The liner notes were written by Wayne Kramer of MC5, a Detroit band that toured with Alice Cooper back in the ‘70’s. Kramer does a good job in giving a little anecdote of his first meeting with the Alice Cooper Group inside page 1 of the CD booklet.
1993, DoubleCD Welcome To Our Nightmare, A Tribute To Alice Cooper