Five Things Super Duper Alice Cooper Taught Me

Five Things Super Duper Alice Cooper Taught Me

I was so happy to see that Super Duper Alice Cooper was on my flight out here to Las Vegas!

This documentary about the king of shock rock comes from Banger Films, who are the brains behind the Metal Evolution series, which is bloody brilliant must-see viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in metal.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Alice (what’s wrong with you?), the format of the film is really interesting. I haven’t seen The Kid Stays in the Picture, but that’s what it’s mostly compared to, visually. Photos comes to life, archive footage of screaming teenager are repurposed, and gnarly graphics don’t just provide visual pointers, but also echo vintage rock/skate imagery. Kinda reminded me of both my beloved Teenage and Vidal Sassoon: The Movie.

Anywhere, here are five things Super Duper Alice Cooper taught me about Vincent Furnier.

1. Alice bought all of his original stage outfits from an ex member of the Ice Capades. Which explains why he looked like this.

2. In his cameo, Iggy Pop reveals that the band had the most beautiful, feminine hair he’d ever seen. Of the five, he says drummer Neal Smith’s was the best. Neal is now an award-winning real-estate agent, known as the rock ‘n’ realtor.

3. Of all the newspaper headlines we saw in the film in association to Alice, the one that says: “Tarzan, chickens and monkey semen” intrigued me the most. So I found the story.

4. Alice has appeared on stage with a camel and an elephant, as well as the ubiquitous chickens.

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5. If you’d ever wondered if that had existed, like I did, then there’s your answer.

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Metal on metal: Lazy Oaf go groupie

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Oh now I do like this Head Banger Bomber Jacket from Lazy Oaf.

The patches all look well and good with nice graphics and a classic metal palette of red, black and yellow, but it’s when you see them up close that you benefit from the lols as well as the style.

Megabreath!

A skeleton hand with a fag and a bottle of beer!

A Nevereva smiley!

Just kinda sad there’s no pizza slice.

It just so happens – no, really, not even lying – that I found this bomber while we were watching the rerun of Metal Evolution on Sky Arts. If you’ve not been blessed enough to watch it yet, some kind soul has put it on YouTube – here you go:

Have a very Slayer Christmas

OK, so it’s a bit Sibling but this Slayer Christmas jumper is just about the best thing I’ve seen all year. It’s not actually knit, but for £49.99 I think it’s probably the best present you could buy for any metal-lover this festive season.

By which I mean, buy me one.

And on the subject of Slayer and Christmas, I suppose it’s about time to roll this bad boy out again;

Motörhead x The Great Frog ring collection

In a match seemingly made in heaven, Motörhead has teamed up with London’s favourite metal (as in, METAAAAL) jewellers, The Great Frog, to create two limited edition silver rings.

Long a favourite of London’s ~alternative scene, The Great Frog is famous for its hulking great silver rings featuring classic rock insignia – skulls, snakes and slaughtered hearts, that kind of thing. Motörhead are long-time friends of the store, and really, is there anyone cooler to collaborate with?

There are two sterling silver rings, one featuring the classic Motörhead warpig logo and the other – what else? – an Ace of Spades. Each is numbered, with the first five going to the band and their management. The rest are available for you to buy (for me) here, starting at a very reasonable £180.

Heavy Metal Travel Guide gives Oslo the thumbs up

This week something very strange happened; I won a trip to Norway! There I was, enjoying Jo Fairley’s speech at the latest Schwarzkopf launch; next thing I know, my name is plucked from a hat and I’m winging my way to Oslo. I’ve never won anything before in my life (well, except pub quizzes, which is more a confirmation of my vast existing knowledge), so I am MEGA excited.

We’re going in December, when it is going to be fucking freezing, fucking dark, and hopefully, fucking snowy. I am particularly excited to be given the opportunity to live out my True Norwegian Black Metal fantasies, after having received the book as a treasured gift once upon a time from Mr Fur Coat.

In fact, feeling in a kind of metal mood, I started to Google ‘metal bars Oslo’ and, LO AND BEHOLD;

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Metal Travel Guide

That’s right, two websites dedicated to tourists of a metal frame of mind. Bars, shops, hang-outs… they cover the lot. How did I not know these existed?? Forget SuperFutures, I shall now be running all holiday destinations through these bad boys.

Heavy Metal Britannia inspiring AW trends… maybe


Want to get ahead on the flying jacket trend?

Still can’t get enough of studs?

Considering getting back into flared jeans?

All of the above and more? Well I make that four good reasons to watch the excellent BBC4 documentary, Heavy Metal Britannia. It showed last Friday and I totally forgot, but for once the BBC got something right and it’s still on the iPlayer and On Demand. Watch it here and watch a great collection of metal bands at the Beeb here! Both available until this Friday and both really well done with some great talking heads (what no Gambaccini?).

The changing style (and size) of Axl Rose

Let’s take a break from fashion for a minute and consider Axl Rose. Once upon a time, Axl looked like this:


Babe central, ability to knock dead an entire stadium of women with just one squeak of his leather trousers, right?


Axl has changed. Prepare yourself, because this pretty much blew my mind right out of my ears and onto my computer screen and I wouldn’t want the same to happen to you. Here goes:

I know what you’re thinking. That’s Meatloaf at a costume party. Reader, it isn’t. That’s Axl. Metal Hammer provided an excellent commentary, with highlights including the exceptional picture caption, ‘Appetite For Liposuction’. What the hell happened? I haven’t been this disappointed since he got cornrows.