Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alice Cooper: Under My Wheels

Well, I don’t believe I’ve ever featured “the Coop” on Reading Between the Grooves, so a bubbling under hit by one of the musical descendants of Screaming Jay Hawkins is apropos at this point. Alice Cooper made his/their foray into fame by being the band in the motion picture “Diary of a Mad Housewife.” While “the Coop” and company had already realized two LPs for Frank Zappa’s Straight Records at this time, it was a year before Warner Brothers picked up their first popular LP “Love it To Death.”

“Under my Wheels” was one of the two singles from the band’s fourth LP “Killer,” which was released in 1971. Neither song made the Top 40, so both would qualify as bubbling under hits. “Under my Wheels” peaked at #59 on the US charts. The song was written by band members Michael Bruce (guitar and Keyboards) and Dennis Dunaway (bass) and producer Bob Ezrin who played keyboards on this LP. Extra lead guitar on this cut was provided by Rick Derringer no less.

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