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FOZZY – Fozzy

Fozzy – Fozzy (2000, Megaforce Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Stand up and Shout” … (3:39)
2. “Eat the Rich” … (4:05)
3. “Stay Hungry” … (2:56)
4. “The Prisoner” … (6:18)
5. “Live Wire” … (3:17)
6. “End of Days” … (3:54)
7. “Over the Mountain” … (4:31)
8. “Blackout” … (3:39)
9. “Feel the Burn” … (4:23)
10. “Riding on the Wind” … (3:10)

Chris Jericho – Vocals
Rich Ward – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ryan Mallam – Guitar
Dan Dryden – Bass
Frank Fontsere – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Butch Walker – Guitar, Vocals on “Over the Mountain”
Andy Sneap – Vocals on “Blackout”

Produced by: John Briglevich & Fozzy

Before Fozzy turned themselves into a somewhat serious hard rock & metal band with 2005’s All That Remains, they played the Spinal Tap joke card and did mostly covers on their first two albums.

The concept behind wrestler Chris Jericho and the band Stuck Mojo getting together was that they were a 80s hair band who had been stuck in Japan for the last 15 years and had written all these great songs that were “stolen” by other bands and these are the original versions. Pretty interesting and humorous idea and I remember the band and Jericho getting a lot of press from the Metal Sludge website at the time with the site playing along that this was all legit.

It actually took me a few years to pick this one up, for some reason, despite being a huge Jericho fan and huge fan of 80s rock. Jericho does a surprisingly good job using an “80s metal voice” and hitting the notes on these songs, though he sounds a bit strained trying to measure up to Rob Halford on “Riding on the Wind” (but who wouldn’t, outside of Ripper Owens, that is).

It’s a really fun album and Jericho’s “The new Number TWO!” overacting at the beginning of Iron Maiden’s “The Prisoner” cracks me up.

It’s not all covers though, the band managed to put up 2 original songs: “End of Days” and “Feel the Burn”, both of which have a more modern sound and wouldn’t be out of place on All That Remains. Of the two, “End of Days” is my favorite.

Highlights: “Eat the Rich”, “Live Wire”, “End of Days”, “Over the Mountain”, “Blackout”

Book Review – ALICE COOPER, GOLF MONSTER: A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict

Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict
(2007, Three Rivers Press)
by Alice Cooper with Keith and Kent Zimmerman

So about two weeks ago, with money to burn and a desire to read something more than a comic book or magazine, I headed off the bookstore and snatched up a few books, one of which was this 2008 paperback edition of Alice Cooper, Golf Monster (originally released in 2007 as a hardcover). When the book was first released, I couldn’t bring myself to spend the cash on it due to the usual high hardcover cost plus the fact that the book dealt alot with golf. Golfing just isn’t my thing and that’s something that even the king of shock rock is never going to change.

I love reading biographies and autobiographies and Alice is one of my favorite musicians so a book written by him is right up my alley, but Alice makes no bones about his love of golf and his intention to talk about it regularly in the book (just look at the book’s title). So I had to give a little to get a little. Each chapter is either dedicated to golf, his personal life, or music.

Though I read the entire book, as I said, I’m not a golf fan and I know nothing about golf. So a lot of the things he said went over my head or I found myself thinking “okay” and moving on. Alice does try to relate golf to a way of living life and the similarities of his music career though so it’s not TOTALLY like you’re reading two books at the same time.

I hate to say it, but at times Alice comes off as just a smidge full of himself when speaking of his celebrity, wealth and music career. No doubt, the guy is a legend and is definitely one of the most down to earth rock stars, but there was still a sense of “I’m Alice, I’m the man”.

He’s definitely led an interesting life though and has gotten to hang out with tons of interesting people: Keith Moon, Mickey Dolenz, Frank Sinatra, Mae West, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and John Lennon are just a few of the names that pop up in the book.

There are also some really fun stories, such as Groucho Marx calling Alice over to his house in the middle of the night to keep him company and watch old movies together. My absolute favorite moment, though, was Alice speaking of his time in rehab where he had to clothesline a female patient to prevent her from destroying a TV set that had become the only thing that was keeping him from losing his mind. Absolutely hilarious!

All in all, I would say this is a decent book, but nothing great. There’s probably not *enough* golf talk for golf fans and there certainly wasn’t enough talk about Alice himself or his career for this music fan. If you’re a diehard Alice fan, I suggest you pick it up for a few entertaining nuggets, but I still await the day for a end-all, be-all bio on Alice. Unfortunately, it looks like it won’t be coming from Alice Cooper.

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