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Friday, October 30, 2009

Welcome to my Nightmare!


For Halloween!





Welcome to My Nightmare is a concept album by Alice Cooper, released in 1975. This was Alice Cooper's first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper releases were band efforts). The cover artwork was created by Drew Struzan. Rolling Stone would later rank it as one of the "Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time"

Welcome to My Nightmare is a concept album. The songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven.

Steven appears for the first time on the concept album Welcome To My Nightmare. The listener understands that Steven is/or has the mind of a young boy, maybe around 8 years old. The album is a journey through Steven's mind, which is severely damaged. He lives in a constant nightmare and we are guided through this nightmare, by The Curator (played by Vincent Price). In the first song on the album, the title track, we are introduced to the nightmare. On the second song, “Devils Food”, Steven is trapped in a spider's web and is about to be eaten by The Black Widow. The spider and the web (and the whole nightmare) are only in his mind, some sort of mental disease, so Steven thinks he has to obey The Black Widow, to get away alive. Steven says:

“These words he speaks are true. We're all humanary stew, if we don't pledge allegiance to… The Black Widow”

The next song on the album is called "Some Folks," and reading between the lines, one can understand that the song is about how Steven enjoys killing women and possibly doing things to their dead bodies;

“Some folks love to see red/ Some folks never talk about it/ Some folks crave a blue lady/ Some folks know and still they doubt it.”

And then we learn of Steven’s abuse of his wife. The song “Only Women Bleed” tells us this. We once again learn of Steven’s lust for the dead, in the song “Cold Ethyl” where it’s clear that Steven is doing things to a woman’s (Ethyl’s) corpse. The next thing that is revealed to the listener is of Steven’s childhood and how he became the psycho killer we now know. In “Years Ago” we understand that Steven was alone as a child, and maybe that he feels rejected by friends and adults. The song “Steven” shows his transformation from an innocent child to a murderer.

“I don't want to feel you die, but if that's the way that God has planned you/ I'll put pennies on your eyes and it will go away, see?/ You've only lived a minute of your life/ I must be dreaming, please stop screaming”

Obviously some one has died. Maybe it’s Steven’s young mother, maybe his baby brother or, most likely, it’s the young Steven – the innocent. In the end of the previous song, “Years Ago” we hear the child-Steven talking to himself, as an old man:

“ - I'm a little boy (young Steven) - No, I'm a great big man (old man Steven) - No, let's be a little boy. For a little while longer. Maybe an hour? (young Steven) - No, Steven. We have to go back now (old man Steven) “

These lines support the theory that it is in fact the young Steven – Steven’s childhood and innocence – that has died. So who is he telling to stop screaming (“I must be dreaming, please stop screaming”)? It could be Steven who is screaming, because he is grief-stricken that his childhood has died. And he is in fact, pleading with himself to stop screaming. Another interpretation of this could be that it’s again, the child Steven, that is screaming – the childhood’s death-rattle. There is also a third possibility that it is the Curator that is screaming. The refrain to the song “Steven” goes like this:

“Steven!/ Steven! I hear my name! Steven! Is someone calling me? I hear my name! Steven! That icy breath it whispers screams of pain!”

The voice that chants “Steven! Steven!” is probably his wife, as he is killing her. This means that Steven could be beseeching her to stop screaming. After we have taken part of Steven’s transformation, he wakes up. Until now, we are unsure if the nightmare is a real nightmare (just a bad dream) or in fact part of Steven’s mental disease. But in the song “The Awakening” we understand that during the nightmare, Steven has killed his wife.

“Getting up from my easy chair looking for my wife/ Following a trail of crimson spots that lead into the night/ Suddenly I realize/ I see it all through real eyes/ These crimson spots are dripping from my hand/ And, ooh, it makes me feel like a man”

From this we can draw the conclusion that the nightmare occurred when Steven was sleepwalking but not knowing what was real or what was his imagination, he abused his wife during “Only Women Bleed”, did things to her corpse during “Cold Ethyl” and then sat down in his easy chair, “waking up” and at first thinking that everything was a bad dream. But then he realizes what he has done. As a result of this he escapes into drinking alcohol, which takes place in "Escape":

“Escape/ I get out when I can/ Escape/ Anytime I can/ Let’s all escape/ I'm crying in my beer/ C'mon let's escape/ Just get me out of here”

Welcome to My Nightmare inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special and a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film in 1976.

This is rock and roll macabre, at it's finest!

Track listing

1. "Welcome to My Nightmare" (Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner) – 5:19

2. "Devil's Food" (Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Kelly Jay) – 3:38

3. "The Black Widow" (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 3:37 (with Vincent Price)

4."Some Folks" (Cooper, Ezrin, Alan Gordon) – 4:19

5."Only Women Bleed" (Cooper, Wagner) – 5:49

6."Department of Youth" (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 3:18

7."Cold Ethyl" (Cooper, Ezrin) – 2:51

8."Years Ago" (Cooper, Wagner) – 2:51

9."Steven" (Cooper, Ezrin) – 5:52

10. "The Awakening" (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 2:25

11. "Escape" (Cooper, Mark Anthony, Kim Fowley) – 3:20

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scare yourself silly all year long!

Enjoy the link to one of my favorite sites. This documents the fall of western civilization, one Walmart shopper at a time!
BEWARE! You may lose your faith in humanity.....or your lunch......or both!
http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/index.php

Something to look forward to...

Just Lookin' - Dave Schroeder

This is a brand new song, written, recorded and produced by my dad, Dave Schroeder. Recorded on his new 4-track digital recorder/burner. He thinks it may be one of his best... What do you think? Add your comments below!




Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tanya Roberts

She was Midge Pinciati in THAT 70's SHOW. She was Sheena - Queen of the Jungle. She was a Bond girl in A View to a Kill. She was topless in The Beastmaster with Eric Singer!


Monday, October 26, 2009

I apologize for this...

I wouldn't normally post any pics of male genitalia, but this is the BIGGEST DICK I'VE EVER SEEN!

Q:What in the world does the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus do?

A:We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Feddie Lennon - John's father.



HE left John and his mother, Julia, to be a merchant seaman. Only he really never came back, other than when John became famous... Nice, right?
Here he is trying to cash in on being the sperm donor for John Lennon.

That's My Life - Feddie Lennon


The Next Time You Feel Important - Freddie Lennon

Monday, October 19, 2009

Same girl!

The showgirl on the cover of Tom Waits' album, Small Change is none other than....























Cassandra Peterson - aka Elvira! Yup! It's true!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

John Klemmer - jazz saxophone. None better!



Hard to find album. One of my Faves. Caress


Same album. From my vinyl. Quiet Afternoon

Friday, October 9, 2009

Liz
























The AMAZINGLY beautiful Elizabeth Taylor.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rosemary and Jose'

This is something I got in a box full of really nice, clean older singles. I recorded straight to CD with only a little EQ from the Technics 1200MK2 to the Harman/Kardon CDR26.


Rosemary Clooney and her husband, Jose Ferrer.






Double "A" side

Most expensive single?


This sold on ebay for $10,323.... Early blues on the Sun records label.

Wanna hear what $10,323 music sounds like?
Greyhound Blues by D. A. Hunt:




And the flip side - Lonesome Old Jail by D. A. Hunt:

The most complicated....


...power supply? cake maker? tire rotator? NOPE! This is just THE MOST COMPLICATED RECORD TURNTABLE!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009