Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group speaks to Jason Barnard to talk about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’ Subtitled ‘My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group’, ‘Snakes’ is receiving rave reviews and is the must read rock autobiography of 2015.
Read this extensive interview with one of the great storytellers of the rock scene:
In the past century, music has been transformed from something that could only be witnessed in a live setting, to a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed in a variety of circumstances through different media devices and digital platforms. The basic functions of music appear unchanged, however since the 1960s British rock music has pushed the boundaries of the number of routes that its music is channelled into.
The king of the DIY music, Martin Newell aka Cleaners From Venus, presents another superb selection of tracks written, played and recorded by the Wild Man of Wivenhoe. His 14th under the Cleaners moniker sees Martin continuing to tread his songwriting path perfectly well worn over a 35 year period. Over the past decade the world is gradually waking up to his genius and I’m pleased to say that ‘Rose of the Lanes’ is quintessentially Newell.
The reflective title track shows Martin’s knack of English wit is undimmed with Dr Who references “like a young William Hartnell, I come back again”, whilst ‘Denmark Street’ tours under threat Tin Pan Alley, highlighted by its gorgeous video.
Rose of the Lanes displays with the various sides of Martin with tracks like ‘Little French Blue’ – raw indie rock, the blues psych stomp of ‘Rusty River’, with ‘Tatterdemalion’ and ‘My Old Mum’ showing Bacharach flourishes.
Nick Garrie’s story draws parallels with Sixto ‘Sugarman’ Rodriguez. He recorded the great lost album ‘The Nightmare Of J.B. Stanislas’ in 1969 but few heard it with the few copies released subsequently treasured by collectors. However Nick kept writing and over the past decade he discovered a fan base he never knew he had.
His current recordings match ‘Stanislas’ with his music continuing to be compared with contemporaries Nick Drake, Bill Fay and Leonard Cohen. With a new single out ‘Lone Ranger In The Sky’, Nick shares his incredible life story with Jason Barnard.
Dennis Dunaway, bassist, songwriter, visionary for the Alice Cooper group joins host Jason Barnard to talk about his definitive book on the band ‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!’. Subtitled ‘My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group’ his account is the must read rock autobiography of 2015.
The Spiders – Why Don’t You Love Me (Single A-side, Mascot, 1965)
The Spiders – Don’t Blow Your Mind (Single A-side, Santa Cruz, 1966)
Nazz – Lay Down And Die, Goodbye (Single A-side, Very Record, 1967)
Alice Cooper – Fields Of Regret (Pretties For You, Straight, 1969)
Alice Cooper – Nobody Likes Me (Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969, Edsel, 1992)
Alice Cooper – Return Of The Spiders (For Gene Vincent) (Easy Action, Straight, 1970)
Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen (Love It To Death, Warner Brothers, 1971)
Alice Cooper – Dead Babies (Killer, Warner Brothers, 1971)
Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels (Under My Wheels, Warner Brothers, 1971)
Alice Cooper – School’s Out (School’s Out, Warner Brothers, 1972)
Alice Cooper – Elected (Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Brothers, 1973)
Alice Cooper – Woman Machine (Muscle Of Love, Warner Brothers, 1973)
Billion Dollar Babies – Battle Axe (Battle Axe, Polydor, 1977)
Alice Cooper – A Runaway Train (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, UMe, 2011)
Blue Coupe feat Alice Cooper – Hallow’s Grave (Million Miles More, CD Baby, 2013)
Playing tracks from across his incredible career listen to Dennis talk about Alice Cooper’s creation in the ’60s, strange glory in the ’70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way. More information on Snakes… is also available at dennisdunaway.com