Alice Cooper – Master Lyricist
Ray Davies of the Kinks is often noted as the greatest rock and roll songwriter ever. Alice Cooper is often noted as the prince of macabre rock and roll theater.
But has Alice received the recognition deserved for his creative and clever lyrics? Maybe for some of his big hits in the 70â€™s but he has continued to put out great music well into this century. Much of it under the radar.
Take, for example, his 2003 album â€śThe Eyes Of Alice Cooperâ€ť. This is no rock star taking a vacation. The 2010 Behind the Music Remastered described, “Between High School & Old School” as “a modern Alice Cooper classic”. The songs â€śWhat Do You Want From Me?â€ť and â€śMan Of The Yearâ€ť are two other gems on this underappreciated effort.
But what strikes us most is â€śThe Song That Didnâ€™t Rhymeâ€ť. Not a hard rocker by any means, but a lyrical tour de force. Starting with â€śWrote a song, it was wrong from its very first conceptionâ€ť you know you have something special. And then the chorus:
â€śThe melody blows in a key that no one can find
The lyrics don’t flow but I can’t get it out of my mind
A three minute waste of your time
On a song that didn’t rhymeâ€ť
So many more good lines that weâ€™ll encourage you to listen at the link below. You may even say heâ€™s a better songwriter than Ray Davies.