Alice Cooper On His Fear Of Losing His Throne To KISS And Aerosmith
In a previous interview with Music Radar, Alice Cooper talked about the albums having an important place in his music career. While Cooper was opening about ‘Lace and Whiskey,’ he also mentioned how he feared losing his throne to KISS and Aerosmith.
Alice Cooper has significantly impacted the music scene by experimenting with various heavy metal, glam metal, and art-rock elements in his sound. He has become among the most influential artists in the metal scene and reached many audiences. Cooper impressed his audience with impactful songs like ‘School’s Out’ and ‘I’m Eighteen.’
Also, the albums such as ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ earned him considerable international recognition. The 1977 record ‘Lace and Whiskey‘ also had an essential place in Cooper’s career, especially with the lead track ‘You and Me,’ becoming the US top-ten single.
The rocker revealed that the late actor Peter Sellers was an influence on him while creating this album. Cooper mentioned that they experienced achievements non-stop and also struggled due to their alcohol addictions during that period. As the singer stated, they worried about taking a break because impactful bands like KISS and Aerosmith began to appear in the rock scene. Cooper noted that he feared losing his throne to these successful bands.
About releasing ‘Lace and Whiskey,’ Cooper said:
“My wife, Sheryl, and I were very good friends with Peter Sellers. He used to call me Inspector Maurice Escargot, and he called Sheryl Nicole Escargot. We stayed friends until the time he died. When he was in the hospital, I would send him telegrams: ‘Don’t worry, I’m on the case, Escargot.’
Since he gave me that name, I thought about doing a film noir kind of thing, ‘Lace And Whiskey,’ and I would make Escargot a ’40s detective character. Even though none of the songs pertained to that, we still gave it that flavor.”
“At this time, we were starting to see the problems with alcohol. We had just seen a bunch of successes in a row without stopping, and once we got going, it just didn’t stop. That was my fault and Shep’s fault for not saying, ‘We need to take a year off.’ We were afraid to take a year off because here comes KISS, here comes Aerosmith. All of these really good bands were coming up, and I didn’t want to give up that throne. So we just kept going until we ran out of gas.”
You can listen to the album below.