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Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper

Album: Billion Dollar BabiesReleased: 1973
  • This song is about the dangers of overindulgence. It came just as Cooper was getting famous and exposed to rock star excess, and accordingly it helped make him rich and famous. Alice used the cash to buy a house in Los Angeles and finance more elaborate stage shows and videos. He lived the Rock Star lifestyle for a while, but in later years settled into a very sensible upper class lifestyle, living in Arizona, playing lots of golf, and making shrewd business decisions. He never became a billionaire, but he did very well for himself.
  • Cooper and his band recorded this at a mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, which is a very wealthy suburb of New York City. They rented it out to record the album. The song is credited as written by Cooper, his guitarist Michael Bruce, and a session guitarist they worked with named Reggie Vinson.
  • The Billion Dollar Babies album was re-released with new packaging as a DVD in 2000. It contains all the songs plus interviews and bonus tracks.
  • As part of his stage show, Cooper would mutilate dolls when he performed this song. The tour for the album introduced the props Cooper became famous for, including the guillotine, the snake, and hundreds of cans of beer.
  • This song took on new meaning when Cooper started playing at casinos in the '90s.
  • 1973 was the last year that Alice Cooper was recognized as a group, rather than just the lead singer. Since the singer, Vincent Furnier, drew most of the attention, many fans did not know the difference between him and the Alice Cooper Band. Muscle of Love was the last album as the group.

    As lead singer Vincent Furnier became the known as Alice Cooper and sucked up all the notoriety the band received, the guitarist, bass player, and drummer from The Alice Cooper Band left and formed a group called The Billion Dollar Babies. They released an album called Battle Axe in 1977.
  • The background vocals were sung by Donovan of "Mellow Yellow" fame. According to Mojo magazine, Donovan was recording at Willesden's Morgan Studios around the same time as Alice and then got roped in on the latter's session.
  • Notwithstanding the sometimes grotesque subject matter, Cooper told Gibson.com that one of his main inspirations for the album was Chuck Berry. "[Berry] was my favorite lyricist," said Cooper. "When I first heard something like 'Nadine,' or 'Maybelline,' I understood those songs told a story. As the lyrics went along, you really got a picture of what was going on. He took the girl out; he couldn't get his seat belt off - things like that. I always wanted to write three-minute stories that were funny, or maybe not just funny, but also dramatic. The idea was to compact everything into three minutes, which is really hard to do."
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Comments: 19

heard on radio his am that Donovan was not first choice. He replaced a popular British rocker who was too drunk to perform. Anyone know who this is??Drew - Nyc, Ny
OK, They have the "This song is about the dangers of overindulgence." confused with another Cooper song. It's from "Billion Dollar Babies", the title is "Generation Landslide". Easy to confuse
, since the chorus is "They never concieved us as Billions Dollar Babies". How's this for a lyric about excess- "Dad gets his allowance from his sonny the dealer

Who's pubic to the world but involved in high finance

Sister's out till five doing banker's son's hours

But she owns a Maserati that's a gift from his father"

Opinions differ about the song "Billion Dollar Babies", but a quick look at the lyrics REALLY makes on believe that it's about a sex doll.
Bob - Royal Oak, Mi
They've got it wrong. This song's about a SEX DOLL.Thrasher - Shitter, Ar
Alce's guitarists on 'Welcome to My Nightmare' were Steve Hunter and Dickie Wagner. Not too shabby. Actually, Wagner had played on 'School's Out', 'Billion $ Babies' and 'Muscle of Love' before WTMN'.Lester - New York City, Ny
Awesome song....end of storyAllison - A Little Ol' Town In, Mi
Some interesting insight, fyodor from Denver. The same thing happened to a lesser extent with Van Halen and Santana. The only possible exception to that rule is Manfred Mann...Roy - Granbania, Ma
This song is an amazing bass performance by Dennis Dunaway. He seems to be a very underrated bass player based on this song.Roy - Granbania, Ma
Glen Buxton died in 1997. The rest of the original band are still with us. And all of the original band members were great musicians, as Alice came to find out when he tried to replace them with studio hacks for his solo albums.Mark - Grafton, United States
this song was about baby or doll or child serial killers such as chucky or the omen kid damienJoe - Huston, Tx
and I guess we care that "Nicoletta" from The Bronx has her doubts about the album being recorded in Greenwich CT because.........Guilliermo - New York, Ny
Everyone says that this song is about being exposed to rock star exess, but what does"We go dancing nightly in the attic while the moon is rising in the sky" mean? What does that have to do with being exposed to rock star exess? I don't get it. Still a great song, though!!!!!Chrissy - Long Island, Ny
Warning to bands: If you choose a bandname that's the same as one of the band members, don't be surprised if once you become famous the band member takes the name recognition and runs. Billion Dollar Babies were a dismal failure without Alice, even though those individuals wrote as much of the material for the ACB as did Alice.Fyodor - Denver, Co
The mansion, on which everyone here seems to be commenting, was located at 10 Hill Road in Greenwich, CN. It was formerly owned by actess/singer Ann-Margret & her husband, actor Roger Smith. Also, Muscle of Love, the Alice Cooper group's last collaboration, featured two background singers of note (no pun!). On the song Teenage Lament '74, you are hearing two legendary divas: Liza Minelli and Ronnie Spector. As far as the members of the original group, lead guitarist Glenn Buxton recently (within the past 2-3 years) passed away due to cancer, and drummer Neal Allen Smith sells real estate in Connecticut.John - Jersey City, Nj
According to Alice, he still doesn't know what the song is about.Heather - Holbrook, Ny
alise cooper is a bithchSue - Sparta, Nj
OK - Here is some facts:
1 Billion $ Babies was not the last album by the original Alice Cooper Group, they followed it with Muscle of Love (73) and Greatest Hits (74)
2 They recorded the tracks at The Record Plant in NYC with Bob Ezrin producing
3 Donovan's tracks were recorded in London when Cooper was on tour there
4 The Band rented a mansion in Greenwich CT to live in, not to record at
Darrell - Portland, Me
I don't think I'd refer to Dononvan is a back-up
singer on this song. He and Cooper sing the song as a duo. Who would have ever believed that Donovan could pull off a song like "Billion Dollar Babies"! One of my absolute fave Alice
songs! Dennis Dunaway...awesome bass dude!
Paul - Rothesay, Nb, Canada
I don't understand how this all gets put together... I read an interview that Donovan just happened to be recording down the hall and that is why he ended up on this song... Now if that is the case... What's this recorded at a mansion in Conneticut stuff... I'm Confused... Something isn't right...Brian - Grand Forks, Nd
i don't understand when said about greenwich, ct being a wealthy suburb of NYC...it's probably a loft in greenwich village in NYC ... yes, greenwich, ct is wealthy and there are mansions, but i doubt they recorded up there - not in NYC, it is in CT!Nicoletta - Bronx, Ny