Lace and Whiskey
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|Lace and Whiskey|
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 29, 1977|
|Studio||Soundstage, Toronto; Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles; Record Plant, New York; RCA, Los Angeles and Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles|
|Alice Cooper chronology|
|Singles from Lace and Whiskey|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
After many years of portraying a dark and sinister persona Alice Cooper decided to try something new and donned the persona of a heavy drinking comic PI named "Maurice Escargot" - a fictional character in the same vein as Inspector Clouseau. Cooper is pictured as Escargot on the back cover of Lace and Whiskey, which was still a rock-based album but was stylistically influenced by Cooper's love for 1940s' and 1950s' movies and music. The album only peaked at No. 42 in the US and No. 33 in the UK Albums Chart.
The album's lead single, "You and Me", was an easy listening ballad which provided Cooper with his last US top-ten single for twelve years. “(No More) Love at Your Convenience”, a disco-inspired pop song, was released as the second single – it did not chart in most countries. Music videos were created for both songs, at a time well before the advent of MTV. The song "King of the Silver Screen" features a sampling of the main motif of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Cooper's "King of the Silver Screen" tour in support of this album, featured a stage set designed as a giant TV, with its slit screen allowing Cooper and his dancers to jump into and out of it along to filmed choreographed sequences during songs, and had comedic mock commercials screened in between some songs. The tour only ran in the US and Canada, throughout the summers of 1977 and 1978 (renamed the "School’s Out for Summer" tour in 1978). Filmed highlights from the opening night of the 1977 tour, capturing a very inebriated Cooper, were featured in the Alice Cooper and Friends TV special. The tour's Las Vegas concerts were recorded, resulting in The Alice Cooper Show live album. With the exception of “It’s Hot Tonight”, which was a regular part of setlists on the 2001 ‘Brutal Planet’ and the 2008-2009 ‘Psychodrama’ tours, and “Road Rats” which was a regular during the 1980 ‘Flush the Fashion’ tour, nothing from Lace and Whiskey has been performed live since the end of the tour supporting the following From the Inside album. "Damned If You Do", "Ubangi Stomp", "(No More) Love at Your Convenience", "I Never Wrote Those Songs", and "My God" have never been played live by Cooper.
During the initial stage of this album's era, when it was clear that Cooper was not going to return from his new success, original Alice Cooper group members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, and Michael Bruce formed a new band with Mike Marconi and Bob Dolin called "The Billion Dollar Babies". Michael Bruce sang their lead vocals.
Lace and Whiskey was digitally remastered and re-released on CD by Metal Blade Records in 1990.
|1.||"It’s Hot Tonight"||3:21|
|2.||"Lace and Whiskey"||3:14|
|4.||"Damned If You Do"||3:14|
|5.||"You and Me"||5:07|
|1.||"King of the Silver Screen"||5:35|
|2.||"Ubangi Stomp"||Charles Underwood||2:12|
|3.||"(No More) Love at Your Convenience"||3:49|
|4.||"I Never Wrote Those Songs"||4:34|
Credits are adapted from the Lace and Whiskey liner notes.
- Alice Cooper — vocals
- Dick Wagner — guitar; vocals
- Steve Hunter — guitar
- Bob Babbitt — bass guitar
- Allan Schwartzberg — drums
- Prakash John — bass guitar on “Road Rats”
- Tony Levin — bass guitar on “Lace and Whisky”, “Damned If You Do” & “Ubangi Stomp”
- Jim Gordon — drums on “Road Rats”, “Damned If You Do” & “You and Me”
- Jimmy Maelen — percussion
- Al MacMillan — piano on “Damned If You Do”
- Josef Chirowski — keyboards
- Bob Ezrin — keyboards
|1977||UK Albums Chart||33|
|1977||“You and Me”||Billboard Hot 100||9|
|1977||“(No More) Love at Your Convenience”||UK Singles Chart||44|
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- setlist.fm; ‘It’s Hot Tonight’ setlist appearances
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- Henderson, Alex. "( The Billion Dollar Babies > Overview )". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
- Lace and Whiskey (CD booklet). Alice Cooper. Warner Bros. Records. 1977.CS1 maint: others (link)