Born Vincent Damon Furnier, but better known as Alice Cooper, took the stage five decades ago to rock the world. With baby dolls, a crutch, guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and even a boa constrictor wrapped around his neck, he was an instant sensation.
In 1975, Cooper released an album titled, Welcome to My Nightmare and in 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare as a solo artist. He has changed the way America looked at rock music with his bizarre on-stage antics. Although a bit unique in style, Rolling Stone Album Guide dubbed Cooper as the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer.”
Now Alice Cooper is back to rock fans again, but this time with his rendition of the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby. Cooper softens his tone and is without his usual heavy black make up to bring a nice version of the Beatles hit.
When asked about the song, Cooper responds:
We were way influenced by the Beatles’ music, by the great songwriting of Lennon and McCartney. If you ask Ozzy and Steven Tyler the same thing, you’ll find that there’s a lot of melody in what we all do. We’re always going to be a little more horse-powered than the Beatles were, but we always referred back to those melody lines.
Cooper respectfully sings this version and keeps it within the lines. His voice is nice and I’m sure McCartney himself will give kudos to Cooper for handling the song with grace and style.
According to Rolling Stone, Cooper also recorded a version of the McCartney song Smile Away. The song appears on his second album, Ram and was released in 1971.
Eleanor Rigby and Smile Away are just two of the songs on the upcoming compilation of The Art of McCartney. The Art of McCartney will be out on November 18 in a variety of formats. The largest edition includes a hardbound book, a USB drive that looks like McCartney’s bass shaped like a violin, a DVD doc and even artwork that is signed by Beatles associate Alan Aldridge.
Cooper is just one of the well-known singers who contributed to the album. Bob Dylan chose Things We Said Today. B.B. King takes on On the Way and Willie Nelson contributed his version of Yesterday. Billy Joel’s guitar version of Maybe I’m Amazed and Live and Let Die are included, along with Kiss who picked two songs; Venus and Mars and Rock Show. Paul’s son, James, appears on the album, singing with the Cure in their version of Hello, Goodbye.
Watch for The Art of McCartney coming to record stores and online on November 18.