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Employing deliciously gaudy theatricalities like fake blood, snakes, guillotines and possessed dolls, Vincent Damon Furnier, now best known as Alice Cooper, is the original shock-rocker. Born in Detroit to a religious family, his first exposure to the musical performance that would later become his forte came in the form of a high school talent show in which he and classmates dressed as and mimed to the music of the Beatles. So enamored by the response to their act, the group late learned to play instruments and eventually formed Cooper's first legitimate band, called the Spiders.
The Spiders played the British Invasion-inspired garage rock that would go on to be the basis for numerous artists' repertoires, and drew from then-popular bands such as the Kinks, the Who, and the Rolling Stones, to name just a few. After some success with singles released locally in Arizona (where Cooper's family had moved during his childhood), the band changed their name to the Nazz (not to be confused with the band that included Todd Rundgren), and then eventually to Alice Cooper.
The band's last name change reportedly originated from a ouija-board reading in which Cooper was told that he was, in a past life, a 17th century witch of the name Alice Cooper. Aiming at shocking audiences and grabbing public attention with their performances, the band took their visual and thematic inspiration from places like old horror and B-movies, and especially the classic Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, which directly inspired Cooper's heavy stage-makeup.
After shocking audiences in Southern California clubs, the group was directed to legendary guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, who was so impressed that he immediately offered the band a contract on his Straight label. Upon releasing their psychedelic-tinged debut Pretties For You on Straight, the band received little praise for the album, but garnered a wave of publicity from a mostly accidental incident involving Cooper throwing a live chicken into a crowd full of raving fans.
After the band's second album, Easy Action, failed again to win over critics and record sales, the band relocated to Cooper's hometown of Detroit, citing differences in Californian fans' attitudes as reasons for their lack of success up to that point. Cooper was proved correct when audiences in Detroit and throughout the Midwestern cities reacted favorably to the band's then-shocking stage antics and hard-edged rock sound.
For their third and final effort with Straight Records, the band finally reached critical and commercial success with 1971's Love It To Death, which included the smash hit single "I'm Eighteen", and eventually became a Platinum Record. Riding high on the success of Love It To Death, later the same year through 1973 the band released three more studio albums: Killer, School's Out, Billion-Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love - all to phenomenal success, and all reaching Platinum Record and Gold Record status. After 1973's Muscle of Love, Cooper alone returned to L.A. to appear on various television programs, and the band released a feature film compilation of concert footage and comedy sketches entitled Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper. In 1975, Cooper released his solo debut album, which saw a Top 5 position on international charts, and became a Platinum Record worldwide. Since then, Cooper has continued to record and tour extensively to the shock and awe of his devoted fans.