Billion Dollar Babies ~ Alice Cooper

alice_cooper___cia_by_nadineballantyne-d5j0ay4Alice Cooper was an American rock band led by Vincent Furnier, who later changed his legal name to Alice Cooper. The band was famous for their elaborate, theatrical shock rock stage shows.

The band consisted of members, all from the previous 60s garage rock band, the Spiders. They created everything as a group and wrote virtually the lion’s share of what was to become the classic Alice Cooper canon.  Neal Smith’s sister Cindy Smith Dunaway (Dennis Dunaway’s wife) designed the bands costumes and also performed in the stage show (she was the “dancing tooth” during the band’s Billion Dollar Babies tour). 

The Alice Cooper band was the subject of media criticism after Furnier (Alice Cooper) threw a live chicken into the audience during the 1969 Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Festival. The audience ripped the chicken to shreds.

The band was featured on a Warner Bros sampler album Zapped of bands produced by Frank Zappa for the label, and then went on to release several chart-topping albums and headlining major tours before breaking up in 1975.  Vincent Furnier took “Alice Cooper” as his own name and carried on with a new group of musicians.,   the original band becoming officially defunct.

Bruce, Dunaway and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album – Battle Axe – in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). They reunited for another show, with Steve Hunter on guitar, on December 16, 2010, at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix.  This lineup would perform together again (televised) on March 14, 2011, at the induction of the original Alice Cooper group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on May 11, 2011, at London’s Battersea Power Station at the Jagermiester Ice Cold 4D event (webcast). Bruce, Dunaway and Smith appeared on three tracks they co-wrote on Alice’s 2011 album Welcome 2 My Nightmare.

A documentary about the Alice Cooper band entitled Super Duper Alice Cooper premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014, and was scheduled to be screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival a week later.

On October 6, 2015, a surprise reunion show took place in Dallas at Dunaway’s book signing session where he was joined by Bruce, Smith, Cooper and Ryan Roxie, who replaced the late Glen Buxton

Billion Dollar Babies

Billion Dollar Babies” is a popular 1973 single by rock group Alice Cooper, taken from the album Billion Dollar Babies. It was released in July 1973, months after the album had been released. The track is a duet between Alice Cooper and Donovan, who provides the falsetto vocals.  BMI lists  the composers of “Billion Dollar Babies” as Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce and Reggie Vinson (a session guitarist who had worked with the Alice Cooper band previously.). Some sources list the composers as Cooper, Bruce, drummer Neal Smith, and “R. Reggie,” the latter being an allusion to Vinson’s nickname “Rockin’ Reggie Vinson.”. The chorus has the same melody asThe Hollies’ 1966 song “Tell Me to My Face.”

Billion Dollar Babies also became the name of a band which descended from the Alice Cooper band that recorded the song. The Billion Dollar Babies album was one of the last recorded by the Alice Cooper band, before singer Alice Cooper went solo. Legal complications ensued; all five Alice Cooper band members had shared ownership of the band’s name. The original band never again recorded under the name Alice Cooper, but former Alice Cooper Band members Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith, along with additions Bob Dolin, Stu Daye and Mike Marconi, recorded as Billion Dollar Babies.  The band Billion Dollar Babies only released one album, 1977’s Battle Axe, before disbanding.

Billion Dollar Babies – Cooper, Bruce, Vinson

Billion dollar baby
Rubber little lady, slicker than a weasel,
Grimy as an alley
Loves me like no other lover.

Billion dollar baby
Rotten little monster, baby, I adore you.
Man or woman living couldn’t love me like you, baby.

We go dancing nightly in the attic
While the moon is rising in the sky.
If I’m too rough, tell me,
I’m so scared your little head will come off in my hands.

Yeah, billion dollar baby
I got you in the dimestore,
No other little girl could ever hold you
Any tighter, any tighter than me, baby.
Billion dollar baby
Reckless like a gambler, million dollar maybe
Foamin’ like dog that’s been infected by the rabies.

We go dancing nightly in the attic
While the moon is rising in the sky.
If I’m too rough, tell me,
I’m so scared your little head will come off in my hands.

Million dollar baby,
Billion dollar baby,
Trillion dollar baby,
Zillion dollar baby.

  • Audio from the 1973 album, Billion Dollar Babies:


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