Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

Welcome to A Special Halloween Edition Of Another Blast From The Past

When we think of Halloween, we think of things that scare us. Ghosts, goblins, witches, and monsters, they all get there share of attention this time of year. Not only this, we get scary movie festivals on cable TV, costume parties, and of course, who can forget the trick or treaters making the dogs go nuts for 2-3 hours straight?

We get saturated with these things for a few weeks; then, they all go away for another year. But when Alice Cooper does a show, one can find a Halloween experience anytime of year. Like him or not, he was the master of scary in his music, and his theatrical performances on stage. He has many other songs that do not carry a horror theme, some of which are quite good. I might do a feature on those songs, someday at a later date. But for now, it's Halloween.

You know, unlike the Marilyn Mansons (and other weird freaks) in the music world, Cooper is a freak that at least has some artistic talent in his macabre on-stage depictions. And although some of his subject matter in his lyrics leaves much to be desired, I thought I'd present some of his better seasonal fare. These shouldn't be too overly gruesome and hopefully are a bit entertaining, along the way.

Think of it all, as a just bad dream. Think of it as your Halloween nightmare.

First up, we have the quintessential start to a terror-ridden trip known as an Alice Cooper show, Welcome To My Nightmare:

Along with Christmas and Easter, Halloween always brings an economical boost to the candy and confection industry. With this huge boost in cash-flow, comes a lot American Dentists Association ads for better dental care. This is when the focus on preventing tooth decay in children comes to light. And as you may guess, Alice tries to do his part in a song entitled, Unfinished Sweet:

This next tune may not be for everyone. The others are pretty much okay, but this one pushes the envelope a bit. In spite of that tidbit of information, the guillotine scene in this live performance has always been a trademark part of his act. Here is I Love The Dead:

And finally, we end up our feature with one of the most chilling songs in his repertoire. In this song, you'll recognize the immortal king of fright, Vincent Price. Here is The Black Widow:

Happy Halloween.

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