Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Alice Cooper Made Me Giggle

I first learned about Alice Cooper at the Baptist Church in the early 1980s. And it was at the Baptist Church that I first heard his music.

An anti-rock-and-roll speaker was talking to all of us small-town Southern Baptist teenagers about how evil and sinful rock and roll music was. Although his main emphasis was on 70s rock bands, punk, and metal, no one was free from his criticism. He even bashed poor John Denver.

My tastes at the time were geared towards Rick Springfield, Duran Duran, and other relatively innocuous 80s-pop sensations. I hadn't had much exposure to the likes of Led Zeppelin, KISS, or the Sex Pistols, but even so, I took most of what the guy said with a grain of salt. Some of the kids went home that night and broke all of their rock albums. I certainly wasn't going to do that.

But, thanks to his introduction of Alice Cooper, and his playing of the eerie "I Love the Dead" over the church speaker system, Alice Cooper has forever given me the creeps.

But today Alice Cooper made me laugh in his criticism of rock stars like Springsteen and Mellencamp who are campaigning for Kerry.

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than [the rock stars] are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."
I don't know. I just think that's funny. It's also kind of funny to think of Alice Cooper, of all people, as a staunch Republican and Bush supporter, which he apparently is. Here's the brief article from The Edmonton Sun.

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