Alice Cooper Quotes

Alice Cooper (Vincent Damon Furnier)

Born: 4 February 1948, Allen Park, Michigan

Furnier attended Washington Elementary and a middle school at Detroit, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Cortez High School. He was on the cross-country track team and formed a band for a school talent show. (They faked Beatles songs, later learned the instruments.) The band graduated in 1966, had a local hit record, and started to play gigs at Los Angeles, first as The Spiders, then as The Nazz, which they changed when they learned that Todd Rundgren was already using that name, and ended with Alice Cooper. They released two unsuccessful albums on Frank Zappa‘s label. Fed up with indifferent LA audiences the band moved to Detroit in 1970, the same year Warner Bros. Records bought their contract from Zappa. They hit the charts with “I’m Eighteen” and continued to chart through 1973 but the band broke up the next year. Furnier, now using the Alice Cooper name himself, returned to LA and started appearing on television. In 1975, during the “Welcome to my Nightmare” tour, he was drunk on stage, tripped over a footlight, and fell into the pit, and split his head open. Ten years later he stopped drinking completely. He has produced 25 solo albums and has a syndicated evening rock show called “Nights with Alice Cooper”. The band owned the name, his annual payments to his original band members are apparently sufficient for them to live comfortably. Off stage he’s a registered Republican, lived next door to Barry Goldwater at Paradise Valley, Arizona, golfs with a four handicap, is a born-again Christian (since getting off the bottle), and has been married to his wife since 1976.

Alice Cooper quotes:

Charles Manson, Jeffrey Daumer, Martha Stewart; criminals, or just misunderstood?
    Alice Cooper – Nights with Alice Cooper (29 June 2010)

City people live the city. We live in L.A., New York, we live in places where it’s chaotic and you never know what’s gonna happen. And that’s the music – you never know what’s gonna happen.
    Alice Cooper

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.
    Alice Cooper

From the moment I leave my house or my hotel room, the public owns me. The public made Alice Cooper and I can’t imagine ever turning my back on my fans.
    Alice Cooper – Philadelphia Daily News (3 March 2006)

God gives you a life and says, Okay, what are you going to do with it?
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

Golf is the crack of sports. If you hit five good shots, you know you can hit six good shots. The next time you hit six good shots, you know you can hit seven.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music, even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that’s a fantastic reaction. I think that they’re really hearing something then.
    Alice Cooper

I don’t ever get angry on the golf course either. What’s the point? Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.
    Alice Cooper – On golf, interview with Nick Harper in The Guardian (28 November 2003)

I get onstage now with more attitude at fifty-seven than I had when I was twenty. When I was twenty, my attitude was kind of like, “Yeah, yeah, I’m a big rock star.” Now, when I get onstage, I go up there, and I am the Moriarty of rock. I am the consummate villain. I am the Hannibal Lector of rock, and I play it like that.
    Alice Cooper – KNAC interview (22 September 2005)

I haven’t had an alcoholic drink in 22 years, but when I did drink I’d go for either Canadian whisky or Budweiser. Sometimes both. For a long time I used to think “Hey you, get off the floor!” was my name.
    Alice Cooper – Interview with Nick Harper in The Guardian (28 November 2003)

I play at the Phoenix Country Club, which oddly enough is in Phoenix. I don’t wear the make-up, no, but I’m the only guy there who can scare the ball into the hole.
    Alice Cooper – On golf, interview with Nick Harper in The Guardian (28 November 2003)

I was only ninety-eight pounds and had spent a year and a half hunched over in bed, which left a curvature of my spine and shoulders which could have put the hunchback of Notre Dame to shame.
    Alice Cooper – Me, Alice ‘as told to Steven Gaines’ (1976)

I’m not crazy about country-western music. But the lyrics are good. “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy” is pretty clever.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

If you were to say to me that you needed a romantic and sentimental song in four hours, I would have that song written in four hours.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

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 they are.
    Alice Cooper – Statement to the Canadian Press (26 August 2005)

It used to be said: As GM goes, so goes America. Now it’s: As Starbucks goes, so goes America.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

It’s really easy to focus on Alice Cooper and not on Christ. I’m a rock singer. I’m nothing more than that. I’m not a philosopher. I consider myself low on the totem pole of knowledgeable Christians.
    Alice Cooper – Radio interview with Drew Marshall

My fastest time in high school was a 4:29 mile. I think cross-country has something to do with my longevity in my business. When you’re in an eight-mile race, you never give up.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

Never be late. When you’re late, what you’re saying is that your time is more important than the other person’s time. That’s pretty egotistical.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

Nobody and nothing beats The Simpsons. Even after all this time, it’s still the best satire since Monty Python.
    Alice Cooper – Interview with Nick Harper in The Guardian (28 November 2003)

People that haven’t seen us yet are shocked because they think that Alice Cooper must be a female folksinger. They don’t expect the whole thing.
    Alice Cooper

Rock should never be in bed with politics.
    Alice Cooper – Statement to the Canadian Press (26 August 2005)

The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes, and switchblades.
    Alice Cooper

The minute you step onstage, you get eight feet taller.
    Alice Cooper – CBC interview (2006)

They should invent some way to tape-record your dreams. I’ve written songs in my dreams that were Beatles songs. Then I’d wake up and they’d be gone.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

To me, if you are in the same building with Peter Sellers or John Cleese, or any of those guys and holding your own making other people laugh, that’s a compliment.
    Alice Cooper – KNAC interview (22 September 2005)

We identified with Frank. We were of course influenced – when everybody hears Zappa, they’re influenced by him, just like The Beatles.
    Alice Cooper

When I go onstage as Alice to this day, I play Alice to the hilt — I play him for everything he is worth, but when I’m offstage, I never think about Alice Cooper.
    Alice Cooper – KNAC interview (22 September 2005)

When I moved to L. A. with this little wimpy garage band, the first people we met were the Doors. Then we met Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. All of the people who died of excess were our big brothers and sisters. So I said to myself: How do you become a legend and enjoy it? The answer is to create a character as legendary as those guys and leave that character on the stage.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

When we did “School’s Out,” I knew we had just done the national anthem. I’ve become the Francis Scott Key of the last day of school.
    Alice Cooper – Esquire inteview with Cal Fussman (January 2009)

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