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Billion Dollar Babies

1976 to 1977

Following the split of the original Alice Cooper group in the early 1970's, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith formed a new group alongside Bob Dolin and Mike Marconi.  With the name of the orginal group already taken by their former lead singer, the new band instead adopted the title of their most successful album (Billion Dollar Babies).  Glen Buxton was not involved in this project due to his well known health issues at the time.

Billion Dollar Babies, Battle Axe 12" Vinyl Album

1977, Polydor, PD-1-6100

Sadly, Billion Dollar Babies only released one album, 1977's Battle Axe, and also only managed to perform a handful of live shows to promote its release.  The underlying reason for their failure to succeed was undoubtably the absence of Alice, however, their demise was expedited by an unfortunate issue with the original pressing of the vinyl album and the tour being cut short due to cashflow problems.  This is a real shame as Battle Axe is a pretty good album and proof that the original band members had plenty to offer still (we knew that already, of course).

 

In keeping with the low budget, the vinyl album comes in a simple card sleeve and features pictures of the band members on the back.  Perfectly functional but very different to the lavish albums that the Alice Cooper group were renowned for.

 

Billion Dollar Babies didn't stick around for long but Battle Axe is a bit of a hidden gem and well worth hunting out.

Billion Dollar Babies, Rock 'N' Roll Radio 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1977, Polydor, PD-14394

Billion Dollar Babies released 2 singles from the Battle Axe album, Rock 'N' Roll Radio and Too Young, both of which are featured below.

 

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Polydor labels, comes in a Polydor paper sleeve, and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Rock 'N' Roll Radio on Sides A and B respectively.  This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

Billion Dollar Babies, Rock 'N' Roll Radio 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Polydor, PD-14394

This USA 7" vinyl single features red Polydor labels, and includes Rock 'N' Roll Radio on Side A and Wasn't I The One on Side B.

Billion Dollar Babies, Too Young 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1977, Polydor, PD-14406

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Polydor labels, and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Too Young on Sides A and B respectively.

Humanary Stew, A Tribute To Alice Cooper CD Album

1999, Eagle Records, EAGCD062

Tommy Henriksen

1999 to Present

Tommy Henriksen is one of the current guitarists in the both the Alice Cooper band and The Hollywood Vampires.  He is also a highly respected producer, mixer and singer songwriter and has worked for some of the industries major artists (including Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Meat Loaf).

 

Tommy has released several solo albums since 1999, but it was Tommy, Tommy, Tommy (which came out in 2014) that really cemented him as a respected recording artist in his own right.  Standout tracks from that album include Teenage Kicks Part 2, Give'm Hell, All My Heroes (which includes an Alice reference) and Mr Finn (which is dedicated to his son).  Tommy, Tommy, Tommy was released under the Bellyache Records label and was made available on CD and black vinyl, which was limited to just 300 copies worldwide.  All pre-ordered copies form the label came with a set of button badges.

 

2017 saw the release of another acomplished solo album, Starstruck.  This very much follows on in style from Tommy, Tommy, Tommy and includes the excellent tracks Punk City, Those Kids Are Alright and Famous.  Startruck was also released under the Bellyache Records, who offered it on CD, 3 vinyl variants (black, green and white and all limited to just 100 copies worldwide) and cassette!  All pre-ordered copies from the label were personally signed by Tommy and came with a set of guitar picks.  I have the green vinyl but was tempted with an offer from Bellyache Records to purchase all 5 variants together as a set at a reduced price!

Tommy Henriksen, Tommy Henriksen CD Album

1999, Capitol Records, 724349 486324

Tommy Henriksen, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy CD Album

2014, Blue Martin Records, BLM 330518-2

Tommy Henriksen, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy 12" Vinyl Album

2015, Bellyache Records, BR-055

Tommy Henriksen, Starstruck Cassette Album

2017, Bellyache Records, BR-063

Tommy Henriksen, Starstruck CD Album

2017, Bellyache Records, BR-063

Tommy Henriksen, Starstruck 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Bellyache Records, BR-063

Billion Dollar Babies, Complete Battle Axe CD Album

2001, NMC Music, 800945 007726

Although the original vinyl version of Battle Axe (above) can still be found quite easily, there has sadly never been an official release on CD.  However, in 2001 this excellent (but by all counts, totally unauthorised) triple CD set was offered by NMC Music.  This really is a treasure trove of material with owners getting the original 12 tracks from Battle Axe on CD 1, 11 demos on CD 2 and 10 tracks from their first ever live show in Flint, Michigan in 1977 (including some Alice Cooper group songs).  Some of the recordings are a bit hit or miss but it's great to be able to hear this music.

 

Also included in the set is an exellent booklet, which includes a biography, concert photos, an interview with Michael Bruce and a foreword by Carlton Sandercock.

Unity, Athens 2004 Olympic Games CD Album

2004, Capital Music, 72434730832

Lemmy Blu-Ray

2010, Entertainment One, E051473)

This excellent documentary on the late, great, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead features Alice as a guest 'talking head'.  Alice's contributions aside, this is well worth checking out for any fan of rock-and-roll.

From Straight To Bizarre

2011

Beasto Blanco

2011 to Present

Beasto Blanco is a band formed by long-time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garrick.  Chuck is the star of the show here though, providing lead vocals on every track and switching to the role of lead guitarist.    He also makes good use of his Alice Cooper connections, with fellow band member Tommy Henriksen producing the music and Alice's eldest daughter (Calico Cooper) and drummer (Glen Sobel) guesting on some tracks.  

 

The result is a hard rocking sound with tracks that, quite literally, kick your ass!  To date, the band have released 4 albums (3 studio and 1 live) and have performed live dates at numerous intimate venues.  Stand out tracks from the first album (Live Fast Die Loud) include Beasto Blanco and Blood Shot, whereas Buried Angels and I See You In It are notable rockers from the 2nd (Beasto Blanco) and 3rd (We Are) studio albums respectively.

 

The self-titled 2nd album is also notable as it includes a cool high-octane cover of Alice's hit single Feed My Frankenstein. 

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Beasto Blanco, Live Fast Die Loud CD Album

2013, Rat Pak Records, 638647 802925

Beasto Blanco, Beasto Blanco CD Album

2016, Rat Pak Records, RPR603076

Beasto Blanco, Live From Berlin CD Album

2017, Rat Pak Records, RPR603091

Beasto Blanco, We Are CD Album

2019, Rat Pak Records, RPR603108

Supermensch DVD

2014

Michael Bruce, No More Mr Nice Guy Boxset

2018, Gonzo Multimedia

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