Thursday, July 13, 2006

A chance to right a wrong and get Alice Cooper to Cleveland.

I ran across this on Pop Candy, I believe, and it is something that actually surprised me. Apparently Alice Cooper is not in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and it seems has never even been seriously considered. I am not sure what Alice has to do to be considered. As far as I am concerned, if you can with a straight face say an artist is your favorite of all time, then this is an artist that should be considered hall of fame material. Alice Copper is one of those artists or band, depending on how you want to look at it.

Alice has had songs that everyone has heard. Everyone has heard School’s Out and Eighteen. How many Percy Sledge songs have you heard? Guess who is in the hall of fame instead of Alice Cooper.

Beyond songs, Alice has had great albums, maybe not in the last 10 to 15 years, but he continues to put out music. The Eagles haven’t recorded anything new in years, yet they continue to tour the country charging hundreds of dollars to see them. You can see Alice for about $25. Guess who is in the hall of fame instead of Alice Cooper.

Billion Dollar Babies, Love It to Death, Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Poison, these are all great albums that have been put out by Alice. These albums came out at all different times and all have different sounds and concepts. The Sex Pistols released exactly one album as a band before they broke up. Guess who is in the hall of fame instead of Alice Cooper.

Beyond all that I have just laid out, Alice has influenced rock music since his beginning. The members of KISS went to an Alice Cooper show while they were forging their identity. They saw his awesome horror/stage show and said to each other, what could be better than Alice Cooper? Four Alice Coopers, and that is where KISS came from. (Dont't get me started on KISS not being in the hall of fame.)

Even though I personally am not a fan of his, where do you think Marilyn Manson came from? Where do you think Slipknot came from? You can name many others that have been influenced by Alice. Anyone who had a stage show with props of any kind can be attributed to Alice.

Not only does Alice Cooper produce great music, Alice has influenced bands throughout the last two decades and a half. For this man to not be in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, to not even be seriously considered is a crime, especially considering some of the artists that have been inducted. Click the title for a link to a petition to induct Alice Cooper into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.


Travis said...

You're dead on on this one Picc. I'm signing the petition.

By the way, the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is a road trip worth taking. If you're a serious rock fan, get yourself up there.

Piccu said...

I would love to check it out, but it means having to go to Cleveland.

Travis said...

Cleveland isn't a bad city at all. You could make stops in Cincinnati and Canton (maybe even Columbus, just as long as it starts with a "C") to break up the trip a bit. The Football HOF is great too.

Piccu said...

Maybe I will, maybe I will, but I can only plan one big trip a year and right now it appears that I am locked into the short 3 hour drive to South Carolina. Perhaps when Merlin and the Toast come back home I can make my journey to the R'n'R Hall of Fame.