One song on Alice Cooper’s new album ‘Paranormal’ was written by shock rocker 50 years ago
The veteran shock rocker stated as follows in terms of his song “The Sound Of A”:
“[Original Alice Cooper band bassist] Dennis Dunaway came in with that song. He wanted to play me this tape, but when he played it, I could tell it was a really old tape. I said, “Oh, my God, Dennis, I remember you wrote that in, like, 1967 — that’s like 50 years ago. I remember the song but we never recorded it.” He told me, “You’re right, it was 1967, but it was actually you who wrote it. You had a guitar, you went in another room and wrote the song. It was the first time you had ever written a song on guitar and brought it to the band.” Then I remembered that I did write it. We were going to do it as a concept record with A being the note that the government used to keep everybody in line. It was sort of a sci-fi kind of thing. What’s funny is it that we just finished playing with Pink Floyd at the Cheetah Club [in Los Angeles]. They were as raw as could be, playing with Syd Barrett, and they ended up staying at our house for a couple days, and I wrote the song while they were staying with us. Bob Ezrin ended up hearing the song and loved it, so we put it on the album.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Alice Cooper at Ultimate Classic Rock.