I Love The Dead

Album: Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
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  • Alice Cooper lived up to his shock-rocker rep with this a darkly humorous track about necrophilia. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Cooper expresses his fascination and sexual attraction for fresh corpses - a pretty risky and taboo subject to take on in song, even by today's standards. And as disturbing as the subject matter is, the track boasts some great playing by the Alice Cooper band. All of the members acquit themselves here, displaying their considerable chops as musicians.
  • During his Billion Dollar Babies tour, Cooper would simulate sex with a mannequin while performing this song. He would also stage a mock beheading of himself during the song.
  • Cooper wrote this song with his wunderkind producer/songwriter/arranger Bob Ezrin. The song wasn't released as a single due to its macabre subject matter, but it became a favorite among Alice Cooper fans.

    Ezrin was a longtime collaborator with Cooper. He produced a slew Alice Cooper's albums in the '70s, including the top-sellers School's Out, Welcome to My Nightmare and Alice Cooper Goes to Hell. Ezrin also has credits on Pink Floyd's landmark album The Wall and Kiss' multiplatinum-seller Destroyer.

    In our interview with Neal Smith, who was the drummer with the original Alice Cooper Group, he discussed how integral Ezrin was to the band's success: "I can't underestimate the impact of what Bob did. Once Bob got involved, that was the missing part of the puzzle that we were looking for, and it took three albums to find him."
  • This song is from Alice Cooper's sixth studio album Billion Dollar Babies, which was the band's most commercially successful album ("Alice Cooper" was still considered a band at this point, not a solo artist). It climbed all the way to the top spot in both the US and the UK album charts, and also broke into the Top Ten in Australia, Austria and Canada. Other popular tracks on the set include "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Elected," "Hello Hooray" and the title track.

Comments: 9

  • Dan Gillespy from Courtenay BcA timeless Alice Cooper classic ballad which you can slow dance to.
  • Stukka63 from Saint Augustine, Fla.I’m gonna bet my life on this one.
    If I walked down the street n asked anyone of any age,
    Have you heard of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, or Tiny Tim?
    Oh yeah, everyone has heard of those 3.
  • Stukka63 from St. Augustine, Fla.The daze when you paid to see a show you got your money’s worth.
  • Balice Stewart from Hitchcock Texas My favorite band 52 years old
  • Dan from Coeur D'alene, IdLiquid Len, this is not a song about loving the Grateful Dead. It is literally a song about necrophilia. Listen very carefully to the lyrics or read them online. No reference the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia or Bob Wier.
  • Mike from Atlanta, GaAlice pays for his sins by having his head cut off! The community elders in the towns that had him banned never waited to see the "morality play"! Mike
  • Lester from New York City, NyMan, I'm a BIG FAN of Alice Cooper. Saw him about 6 months ago (Feb. '07). He always puts on a great show.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaHe means he loves the Grateful Dead, I think.
  • Chrissy from Long Island, NyVery creepy song, but I still love it.
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