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Welcome to My Nightmare, A Dream About Alice Cooper (and Bob Ezrin!)

Alice-Cooper-offstage_EDIT_w1Alice Cooper (photo by Roni Hoffman)

Welcome to my nightmare.

No, it wasn’t a real nightmare, it was a cool dream actually. That I was a writer for Creem magazine and I was interviewing Alice Cooper.

Alice CreemMy dream was not that far fetched. I was a music journalist most of my adult life and have written for publications like The Aquarian Arts Weekly, Punk magazine, music.com and kevchino music. I’m also interviewed many artists for the entertainment sections of The Montclair Times, The Patch online, etc.

My adventures are documented in my first book: “On the Guest List Adventures of a Music Journalist” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

But, no, I’ve never interviewed Alice. I never even thought of it. There’s so much music out there and while Alice Cooper isn’t one of my top 10 favorites, I do love him lots.

I was aware of Alice since childhood but what inspired me to buy his album “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” in 1976 at the age of 12 was the song, “I Never Cry” (which I first had as a single). The B-side of “I Never Cry” was “Go to Hell.” I played both songs repeatedly and then got the album. Alice Cooper purists poo-pooed that album (and other stuff that Bob Ezrin produced). But what stood out most about my dream was that I asked Alice about Bob Ezrin. I told my husband this and he laughed.

Bob Ezrin, as a producer, knew how to attract the likings of young girls — at least me. Hey, I was 12 and listening to really cool music, but still, I was a girl and I wasn’t a musician either. And like most girls, I needed a softer touch, right? It’s perfectly normal that I’d be diggin’ something that was semi-commercial and borderline “not cool” such as “Goes to Hell” and “Welcome to My Nightmare.” And at the same time I was buying other Bob Ezrin produced records like “KISS: Destroyer.”

To this day I will argue with any Alice Cooper fan that “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” is the BEST and most under-rated Alice Cooper album ever.

“Goes to Hell” is poetic genius. So much so that when I was a spoken word poet in the early 1990s, I spoke those lyrics as a “cover poem” to an applauding audience. “Goes to Hell” was my psych-song before I went on stage before a live audience. How can anyone deny such a clever tune?

And now, for the single 45-rpm record that I wore out as a little girl. The passion in the vocals sends chills up my spine, almost 40 years later. But “I Never Cry.”

When I was 12 and I’d spend endless hours listening to music, I’d display the album I was listening too. When “I Am The Coolest” was playing, my great grandmother was standing in the doorway listening to Alice saying, “I am the coolest, I am the baddest, I am the greatest …”

And looking at the cover to “Goes to Hell” she deadpanned, “But you’re ugly as hell.”

And, finally, the grand finale of “Goes to Hell” — “I’m Going Home” which wraps up the album beautifully. When I saw the comments on You Tube, I was touched to read that someone buried their father, who loved Alice Cooper, to this song.

Bob-EzrinBob Ezrin, the mastermind behind some of my favorite albums.

Happy Birthday Les McKeown

LesLes McKeown

Happy 59th to the lead singer, during the most successful time of The Bay City Rollers in the 1970s. Currently they seem to still be going strong with Les leading the band again.

Check it out:

The Rollers are one band I didn’t get to see live, though I did meet them when they were recording an album in New Jersey, back around 1981, though Les wasn’t in the band during that time.

Here are some hit songs from their early years, with Les on lead vocal:

Anyone Feeling 1970s Sexy?

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Here’s some sexy 1970s songs to enjoy:

Sylvia “Pillow Talk”

Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get it On”

Andrea True Connection “More More More”

Donna Summer “Love to Love You Baby”

Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby”

 

Vicki Sue Robinson

Vicki Sue RobinsonVicki Sue Robinson

In honor of Vicki Sue Robinson, who died in 2000 of cancer, today is her birthday.

Here she is performing her greatest hit on The Midnight Special:

Vicki Sue Robinson – “Turn the Beat Around”

And here’s another cool tune from 1982:

Vicki Sue Robinson “Admit It”

Happy Birthday Cher!

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Happy Birthday to Cher who turns 67 today!

Cher has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. I got to see her perform twice, once in the late 1980s and again in the 1990s (with Cyndi Lauper as warm-up act).

Cher has such a vast collection of work, but here are some goodies off  the top of my head! (And it’s worth looking at every single one of these videos to see her outfits — of course!)

Way of Love

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves

Half Breed

Spring

Just Like Jesse James

Living in a House Divided

A Song for You

Where You Lead

Brand New Key

V.A.M.P.

 

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand!

"What's Up, Doc?" Barbra Streisand 1972 Warner Brothers ** I.V.

Happy Birthday to the beautiful, legendary Barbra Streisand.

I’m mostly a fan of her earlier work (1960s, 1970s) and here are some of my favorites:

From Funny Girl, and she looks so gorgeous — those eyes!

“I’d Rather Be Blue”

I loved her version of “Stoney End” from the 1972 “Live at the Forum” that my mom played regularly

Stoney End

Her biggest hit, “People” — also from “Funny Girl”

People

And written by Laura Nyro, “Time and Love”

Time and Love

Another from “Funny Girl”

Second Hand Rose

And from her “Butterfly” album — covering David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”!

Life on Mars

Happy Birthday to Elton John!

sElton JohnElton John (photo swiped from Google search)

Elton John’s body of work is just amazing, although I do tend to favor the 1970s.

I saw him in concert twice, once outdoors in Central Park in the 1980s; and the second time at Madison Square Garden in the 1990s (when I got all choked up during his performance of “The Lion King.”)

Here are some of my favorites by Elton

ROCKET MAN

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Someone Saved My Life Tonite

Island Girl

Philadelphia Freedom

Your Song

Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

Can You Feel the Love Tonite (Lion King)

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee)

RIP Bonnie Franklin, January 6, 1944 to March 1, 2013

Bonnie FranklinBonnie Franklin

Today we lost another legend. Bonnie Franklin died at age 69, due to complications of pancreatic cancer.

I adored her as the beloved mom on “One Day at a Time.”

Fellow blogger, Andrew Godfrey wrote a nice tribute to her: http://nostalgia049.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/bonnie-franklin-of-one-day-at-a-time-dies-at-69/

And here is another wonderful article from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/arts/television/bonnie-franklin-actress-dies-at-69.html

And here is a showcase of her musical/dancing talents from the 1970s Broadway production, Applause:

APPLAUSE

She will be missed!

The Lord’s Prayer — 1970s Billboard Hit

Sister Janet MeadSister Janet Mead

Here’s another 1970s hit, “The Lord’s Prayer” which was actually sung by a singing nun named Sister Janet Mead.

I’ll never forget when this song first came out. I was a little kid and my little sister’s hamster just died. When this song came on the radio, she sang, “My hamster who walks in heaven.” Too cute!

ENJOY (I love the footage where she’s actually singing with her band. Too cool!)

The Lord’s Prayer

Mocedades – Eres Tu

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In the 1970s Mocedades was the only group to have a hit song in the Top 40, sung entirely in Spanish.

The name of that song was “Eres Tu.”

It’s a most gorgeous song, check it out:

Eres Tu

And here is the English translation:

Like a promise, you are, you are
Like a summer morning
Like a smile, you are, you are
Like that, like that, you are

All my hope, you are, you are
Like fresh rain in my hands
Like a strong breeze, you are, you are
Like that, like that, you are

[Chorus:]
You are like the water of my source
(Something like that, you are)
You are like the fire of my home
You are like the fire of my bonfire
You are like the wheat of my bread
You are

Like a poem, you are, you are
Like a guitar in the night
My whole horizon, you are, you are
Like that, like that, you are

[Chorus]

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