10 August 2008

MM Vol 2 - 121 - Alice Cooper

MM Vol 2 #121

Alice Cooper

"It's Me"

art by Xer0a
The thing that attracted me to this album by Alice Cooper was the artwork on the cover. So it was no surprise when i discovered Neil Gainman had something to do with it. Back in the 90's i was heavily addicted to Neil Gainman's Sandman Comic Book series and to see the cover of Alice Cooper's CD, there was an instant connection, obviously. Damn i miss that comic book series. I even have the Number 1 issue! Back to Alice Cooper, sooner or later he will end up in the Definitive 1000 Songs of All Time, it's just a matter of time. As for this song "It's Me" this was a "leftover" song i had to stick somewhere because it was just too good to leave out, so when i compiled Mellow Mix Volume 2 it seem to be a good place for it as any. Have you ever wondered if Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson have ever met? I'd imagine the first word from Manson would be "Dad?" Maybe Rob Zombie has already done that line.
art by synart21
Though Alice Cooper's 1989 comeback gave him his first hit album in over a decade, the Trash record left some diehard fans disappointed, as did 1991's Hey Stoopid. Many listeners felt that Cooper had sold himself short, now completely focusing on sleazy sexual anthems, making him just another face in the heavy metal crowd. By the time The Last Temptation was released in 1994, the hair band fad that had fueled Cooper's return was dead, and Cooper was obviously aware of its downfall -- the album sounds almost nothing like its two predecessors. Instead of relating to such albums as Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, Last Temptation seems more similar to Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears. Thematically, the record returns to mostly conceptual songs, such as "Nothing's Free," "You're My Temptation," and "Cleansed by Fire." Though the album still has a few goofy interruptions, such anthems as "Lost in America" nonetheless boast more originality than anything off of Hey Stoopid or Trash. Far surpassing anything Cooper recorded in almost 20 years, The Last Temptation is unquestionably some of his best work. ~ [Barry Weber, All Music Guide]
For Marilyn Manson visit Def 1000 Songs #499
For Rob Zombie visit MM Vol 1 #036
For Motley Crue visit Def 1000 Songs #708
For Ozzy Osbourne see Number 138
For more Ozzy visit Def 1000 #516 & #744
This song has a crowbarred rating of 70.0 out of 108
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