North American syndicated rock radio show "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" celebrates the 40th anniversary of the "Billion Dollar Babies" album from the father of shock rock, Alice Cooper.
Nothing could compare to the outrages and gruesome theatrical performance of Alice
Cooper in 1973. While the shock of it all made headlines and sold-out concert halls, the music from Alice Cooper revitalized American Top 40 radio with "Under My Wheels" and "School's Out" six months earlier, followed quickly by "Elected", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Hello Hooray" and "Billion Dollar Babies". Alice was able to say and do what he wanted using his own spotlight to poke, not only the Watergate-embroiled Nixon White House, but the rock music establishment as well.
Alice recalls to program host Redbeard the unique position he found himself in: "I think a lot of true musical people who were really into music and that was their life, we were an embarrassment to them, because they couldn't say they didn't like our music. They liked our music, they just couldn't digest our image. You know, everything that was sacred to them, we kinda spit on."
Alice Cooper "Billion Dollar Babies" "In The Studio" program is available now to
stream at this location. It can also be heard using the audio player below.