Sound Opinions Show

Sep 17, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… The ghoulish shock-rock of Alice Cooper.




This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Congressional hearings inspired by the Parents Music Resource Center, a group led by Tipper Gore and Susan Baker. The PMRC urged Congress to clamp down on music with objectionable lyrics, ultimately leading to Parental Advisory stickers appearing on CDs. Frank Zappa, John Denver, and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister testified at the hearings in defense of free speech.


Win Butler, lead singer of the Montreal band Arcade Fire, has accused the launch of the Tidal streaming service as being poorly managed. Butler himself is an investor in Tidal, along with other celebrities like Jay-Z. He blames the service’s struggles on the major labels, who insisted on a monthly fee twice that of its main competitor Spotify.


Alice Cooper helped invent the shock-rock genre in the 1970s, staging elaborately theatrical live shows with guillotines, snakes, and more. In the process, he scored huge hard rock hits like “I’m Eighteen” and “No More Mister Nice Guy.” Alice Cooper joins Jim and Greg for a discussion of his music, his struggle with addiction, and The Hollywood Vampires, his new supergroup with Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.


Jim nominates the 1970 song “Outta Reach” by She for the Desert Island Jukebox. She was an all-girl band and was featured in a recent article in Bitch magazine.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.