American rock singer and showman Alice Cooper joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.
Kirsty Young's castaway is the rock musician Alice Cooper.
As a teenager he says it was British music that he tuned in to - listening to The Beatles, The Yardbirds and The Who. He realised that while rock music had many heroes, there were few villains - that was the territory he marked out for himself. He developed his trademark look - blackened eyes, straggly hair and glamorous clothes - and set about designing live shows that were gleefully gory and macabre.
While critics have described him as 'the world's most beloved heavy metal entertainer', it took him a while to untangle himself from his creation. "For a long time I honestly didn't know where I began and Alice ended. My friends at the time were Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and I was trying to keep up with them. And I realised when they all died that you didn't have to be your character off stage."
Record: Work Song - The Butterfield Blues Band
Book: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Luxury: An indoor golf driving range
Producer: Leanne Buckle.
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
Composer: Keith Relf, Jim McCarty
The Beach Boys
I Get Around
- The Beach Boys: 20 Golden Greats.
I'm a Boy
Composer: Pete Townshend
- The Who: The Singles.
Composer: Laura Nyro
- Stoned Soul Picnic –The best of Laura Nyro.
21st Century Schizoid Man (incl. Mirrors)
- In the Court of the Crimson King.
Been Caught Stealing
Composer: Perry Farrell/ Eric Avery/Dave Navarro/Stephen Perkins
- Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction.
- Warner Bros/Rhino.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Ballad of a Thin Man
Composer: Bob Dylan
- Highway 61 Revisited.
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
An indoor golf driving range
|Interviewed Guest||Alice Cooper|
- Sun 21 Nov 2010 11:15