During a recent interview with AXS TV, Alice Cooper shared how he became famous despite being raised in a religious household. In the interview, the rocker shared his memories about his family and childhood and revealed his father’s thoughts on his music.
According to Cooper, his father was fine with the music, but there were some things he couldn’t quite understand. Cooper shared:
“Well, [my dad] says, ‘I love the music.’ He says, ‘I can’t stand by the lifestyle. Free love, drugs, sleeping around, and all these things, I can’t certainly abide by that, but your show and the music, I have no problem with it.’”
The rocker then revealed his parents to be rock ‘n’ roll fans:
“Our radio was always on. My parents really liked rock ‘n’ roll, they had no problems. They were big bands, of course, but they liked rock ‘n’ roll. So The Beatles came on, and all of a sudden, my dad’s like, ‘The guys are really good.’ They weren’t shaking the fists, don’t ever do that.”
No matter how much you might be into rock ‘n’ roll, there will always be a few artists that you can’t get to like. This was also the case for Cooper’s parents. He explained:
“Of course, when they saw [The Rolling Stones] the first time, they might have been a little shook. Suddenly, The Beatles are fine, not realizing that I was already thinking I’m gonna make the Stones look like choir boys.”
Following the chat about his family, the rocker went on to discuss the early stages of his and his bandmates’ careers. Additionally, he revealed the person who signed them for an album and shared the person’s confused reaction to his work. He stated:
“We’ve literally starved our ways for about two years. Every record company turned us down until Frank Zappa. Frank Zappa listened to what we were doing, and he says, ‘I don’t get it.’ I assume, ‘What do you mean?’ He says, ‘I don’t get it.’ I said, ‘Well, is that bad?’ and he goes, ‘No, I’m signing you because I don’t get it.’ It’s that, to him, was amazing that there was some band out there from Arizona, of all places. That was doing something he hadn’t thought of. He was the Maestro. Frank Zappa was sort of looked up to by everybody, he was the Maestro.”
“Frank Zappa was not just making fun of politicians, he was making fun of the hippies; the very people that were supporting him. So he was totally unique and for him to put his brand on you was a big deal. All of a sudden we were looked at differently.”
In another interview, Cooper said that after Zappa signed them for the album, somebody reviewed it as ‘a tragic waste of plastic.’ Though it might sound bad to other artists, Cooper thought that the review was great.
See the latest interview below.
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