Lace and Whiskey

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Lace and Whiskey
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 1977
StudioSoundstage, Toronto; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles; Record Plant, New York; RCA, Los Angeles and Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, hard rock, pop rock
Length41:17
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
(1976)
Lace and Whiskey
(1977)
The Alice Cooper Show
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Christgau's Record Guide C+ [2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [3]

Lace and Whiskey is the third solo album by Alice Cooper, released in May 1977.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock", even being referred to as the "Father of Shock Rock" in the same circles. He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Contents

Background

After many years of portraying a dark and sinister persona Alice Cooper decided to try something new and donned the persona of a heavy drinking comic PI named "Maurice Escargot" - a fictional character in the same vein as Inspector Clouseau. Cooper is pictured as Escargot on the back cover of Lace and Whiskey, which was still a rock-based album but was stylistically influenced by Cooper’s love for 1940s' and 1950s' movies and music. The album only peaked at No. 42 in the US and No. 33 in the UK Albums Chart. [4]

Detective investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person

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Inspector Clouseau character in Pink Panther

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Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

The album's lead single, “You and Me”, was an easy listening ballad which provided Cooper with his last US top-ten single for twelve years. “(No More) Love at Your Convenience”, a disco-inspired pop song, was released as the second single – it did not chart in most countries. Music videos were created for both songs, at a time well before the advent of MTV. The song "King of the Silver Screen" features a sampling of the main motif of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

You and Me (Alice Cooper song) song by Alice Cooper

"You and Me" is a 1977 song by Alice Cooper, released in 1977 as the lead single from his album Lace and Whiskey.

Easy listening is a popular music genre and radio format that was most popular during the 1950s to 1970s. It is related to middle-of-the-road (MOR) music and encompasses instrumental recordings of standards, hit songs and popular non-rock vocals. It mostly concentrates on music that pre-dates the rock n' roll era, mostly concentrating on music from the 1940s and before. It was differentiated from the mostly instrumental beautiful music format by its variety of styles, including a percentage of vocals, arrangements and tempos to fit various day parts during the broadcast day.

Disco music genre

Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States' urban nightlife scene.

Cooper’s “King of the Silver Screen” tour in support of this album, featured a stage set designed as a giant TV, with its slitted screen allowing Cooper and his dancers to jump into and out of it along to filmed choreographed sequences during songs, and had comedic mock commercials screened in between some songs. The tour only ran in the US and Canada, throughout the summers of 1977 and 1978 (renamed the ”School’s Out for Summer” tour in 1978). Filmed highlights from the opening night of the 1977 tour, capturing a very inebriated Cooper, were featured in the Alice Cooper and Friends TV special. The tour’s Las Vegas concerts were recorded, resulting in The Alice Cooper Show live album. With the exception of “It’s Hot Tonight”, which was a regular part of setlists on the 2001 ‘Brutal Planet’ and the 2008-2009 ‘Psychodrama’ tours, [5] and “Road Rats” which was a regular during the 1980 ‘Flush the Fashion’ tour, [6] nothing from Lace and Whiskey has been performed live since the end of the tour supporting the following From the Inside album. “Damned If You Do”, “Ubangi Stomp”, “(No More) Love at Your Convenience”, “I Never Wrote Those Songs”, and “My God” have never been played live by Cooper.

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

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<i>Alice Cooper and Friends</i> 1977 video by Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper and Friends was a live music television special starring Alice Cooper. Broadcast in the United States in September 1977, it was released on VHS in 1978. This rare video has a running time of 52 minutes, of which 25 minutes feature Cooper. It also features live footage of The Tubes, Nazareth and Sha Na Na.

<i>The Alice Cooper Show</i> 1977 live album by Alice Cooper

The Alice Cooper Show is a live album by Alice Cooper, released by Warner Bros. in December 1977.

It was after the completion of the 1977 tour, that Cooper checked into a New York-based sanitarium for his first treatment for alcoholism.

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Sanatorium Medical facility for treatment of chronic illness

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Alcoholism Broad term for problems with alcohol

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The disorder was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present: a person drinks large amounts of alcohol over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex, among other things. Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body, but it particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, irregular heartbeat, an impaired immune response, liver cirrhosis and increased cancer risk, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Women are generally more sensitive than men to the harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol.

During the initial stage of this album’s era, when it was clear that Alice was not going to return from his new success, original Alice Cooper group members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce formed a new band with Mike Marconi and Bob Dolin called "The Billion Dollar Babies". [7] Michael Bruce sang their lead vocals.

Dennis Dunaway is an American musician, best known as the original bass guitarist for Alice Cooper . He co-wrote some of the band's most notable songs, including "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out".

Neal Smith (drummer) American rock drummer

Neal Smith is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock group Alice Cooper from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group's early albums Pretties for You and Easy Action, their breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. The last new studio album with the five original Alice Cooper group members participating in new music was Muscle of Love in 1973. The original group's Greatest Hits studio album was released in 1974. In 2018, a live performance album Live From The Astroturf, Alice Cooper recorded in 2015 was released, featuring four of the original group members performing eight of their hit songs, with long-time Alice Cooper solo band guitarist and friend Ryan Roxie interplaying lead guitar parts with original group rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, on behalf of original group lead guitarist Glen Buxton, who died in 1997 of pneumonia three weeks before his 50th birthday.

Michael Bruce (musician) American rock musician and member of Alice Cooper

Michael Owen Bruce is an American rock musician, best known as a member of Alice Cooper.

Lace and Whiskey was digitally remastered and re-released on CD by Metal Blade Records in 1990.

Track listing

All tracks written by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It’s Hot Tonight" 3:21
2."Lace and Whiskey" 3:14
3."Road Rats" 4:51
4."Damned If You Do" 3:14
5."You and Me"Cooper, Wagner5:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."King of the Silver Screen" 5:35
2."Ubangi Stomp"Charles Underwood2:12
3."(No More) Love at Your Convenience" 3:49
4."I Never Wrote Those Songs" 4:34
5."My God" 5:40

Personnel

Additional personnel

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1977 Billboard 200 42
1977 UK Albums Chart 33

Singles

YearSingleChartPosition
1977“You and Me” Billboard Hot 100 9
YearSingleChartPosition
1977“(No More) Love at Your Convenience” UK Singles Chart 44

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