17th June 2013
The Alice Cooper Band, Hardest Working Band Ever?
The work rate of the original Alice Cooper band is really quite astonishing when you think about it. In the 4 years between 1969 and 1973 they released 7 albums (Pretties For You, Easy Action, Love It To Death, Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love). During the latter half of this period the band also toured extensively across the globe (not to mention all the PR work that they had to do).
The album turnover of the Alice Cooper group was an incredible 1.8 albums per year. To put this into some perspective, here’s what other artists / bands have achieved:
Alice Cooper (Solo Artist)
19 albums in 36 years = 0.5 albums per year
19 albums in 43 years = 0.4 albums per year
Guns N' Roses
6 albums in 21 years = 0.3 albums per year
20 albums in 33 years = 0.6 albums per year
12 albums in 7 years = 1.7 albums per year
26 albums in 46 years = 0.6 albums per year
8 albums in 18 years = 0.4 albums per year
The Rolling Stones
29 albums in 41 years = 0.7 albums per year
As you can see, only The Beatles come close to surpassing the efforts of the original band (although admittedly, they kept going at a similar pace for a further 3 years).
The break-up of the original band has been discussed many times, with the need for a rest often cited as a primary factor. This seems highly plausible when you look at the facts, they were working their socks off!