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Alice Cooper - Under My Wheels (Old Grey Whistle Test 1971)

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The Alice Cooper Band rip it up on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1971

This was the Coop’s “hit single” from “Killer”, and it’s pretty clear it’s no “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out” or “Elected” (the hits on the albums before and after). This is distinctive, in part, because there’s so little footage of Cooper from ’71 or earlier, and also for the lined eye makeup, which was abandoned in favor of the now-famous full black-eye after this tour.

This performance clearly suffers in The Spontaneity Dept. with the band playing in an unfamiliar TV studio instead of in front of a live audience where they fed and worked off the crowd with the best of them. What's fascinating though, is it was taped right after the “Killer” recording sessions and it’s so close to the studio version you'd swear it was lip-synched -- but it’s not. Besides several other moments, toward the end, watch for and enjoy (although it’s too short) one of the only times in Alice’s repertoire that he does a scat vocal improv.

“Under My Wheels” was the first Cooper song to feature a horn arrangement on an album (see: Toronto-born producer Bob Ezrin) – not un-coincidentally recorded just after The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” came out in April ‘71. But in this clip we hear the bare-bones Alice Cooper rock band version, with Dunaway and Smith accelerating the drive, and Glen Buxton rippin' some beautiful, soaring solos during the instrumental break and at the conclusion of the vocals.

What can be heard in these early ‘70s performances is what a great rock n roll BAND this was. It was Alice’s show-biz side that took them into the theatrics that would eventually break them apart, but here you can soak in a fabulous, driving rock n roll band with all their Wheels catching traction. Oh, to have been a fan of this band and seen them live in a club on this tour! Any footage of that that emerges is Holy Grail material.

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The Alice Cooper Group (left to right): Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar); Neil Smith (drums); Alice Cooper (lead vocals); Dennis Dunaway (bass); Glen Buxton (lead guitar).

 

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Nice little review on that wicked Alice clip, don’t think I’ve ever seen him straight ahead rock like that before..1971 eh? Thanks for directing me to the clip.

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Under My Wheels on Wikipedia
"Under My Wheels"
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Killer
A-sideUnder My Wheels
B-sideDesperado
Released1971
GenreHard rock
Length2:51
Writer(s)Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology

"Under My Wheels" is a rock song by Alice Cooper. It was originally released on the group's Killer album in 1971, and was also that album's first single release.

The song was written by Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Bob Ezrin. It was re-recorded in 1988 by Cooper as a duet with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses after the release of the Raise Your Fist and Yell album, with its supporting US tour being opened by Guns N' Roses.

It was covered by Manic Street Preachers on the CD Single of Motorcycle Emptiness.

It was also covered by Hanoi Rocks on their album All Those Wasted Years.

The song can be heard in the background during part of the Megadeth song "502".

Releases on albums

  • Killer - 1971
  • Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits - 1974 (as a remixed version)
  • The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper - 1999
  • Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper - 2001
   

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