Ol’ Black Eyes Nails It

It was the Summer of 1972 and having just a few dollars saved up, I went shopping with my grandparents at the Two Guys Department Store on Rt. 22 in Union, NJ.

At the age of 12, my goal that day was to buy my very first record album with my own money.   I bought two.

I have no recollection of why I bought the two that I did, but it doesn’t matter now. The two albums were Killer, by Alice Cooper and Paranoid, by Black Sabbath.

When I got home, my parents were less than impressed by my selections and the consensus was that I had just taken the first step to becoming a satan worshipper. Furthermore,  I was going to return those two albums because they were not appropriate for me, or anyone else for that matter.

Fast forward 48 years and while I now own almost every Alice Cooper Album, I have yet to become a satan worshipper. Cooper, age 72,  is a committed Christian who has been married to the same woman for over 40 years, is a recovering alcoholic since 1977, and was once the number one player on the Pro-Am Golf Tour. His net worth is a little over $40 million dollars and he supports several charities. He is still actively touring as a musician and if I may say so, with the best band line-up he has ever assembled. The band members all take a pledge (sign a contract) of sobriety and spend their spare time playing golf and working out as they tour the world, playing their music.

So, I guess it is safe to say that my parent’s fears were somewhat unfounded.

All that to lead into the real reason why I am writing this, which is my disdain for musicians and actors who use their celebrity as a bully pulpit. Now, there is a difference between writing political songs, as does Tom Paxton and those that feel the need to continually grandstand as the likes of Robert DeNiro, Bruce Springsteen, and Ted Nugent enjoy doing.

One of my blogging buddies, Jim Borden, just last month wrote on the same topic, but from a slightly different perspective, What would cause you to stop being a fan of someone or something?

While they have the right to speak their mind,  I have the right to ignore them and not spend a penny on their music or movies, because their opinion is worth the same as mine…one man’s opinion.

So, I had to smile this morning when I came across this quote from my old pal, Alice Cooper. It is a  bit of logical sanity from a guy who was written off as insane decades ago.  Interestingly enough, even from the quote, you can’t tell what side of the aisle he sits in.

It’s just one man’s opinion, but a good man at that.

Had the video on from concert in New Zealand back in February on while I wrote this.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Ol’ Black Eyes Nails It

  1. This makes me laugh Ray….not the quote because it is so true…but your parent’s view. All the parents I knew had the same view of those bands. And I smile because my husband probably bought those same albums as a kid.

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  2. Jim Borden says:

    What a great story about Alice Cooper – who would have thought he would have become such a model citizen! And how relevant is “School’s Out” right now?!

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  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I find it curious that people are influenced by celebrities in any other area that is not their area of expertise. It seems to be common practice in the advertising world. I don’t think that speaks highly to those who are so easily swayed because some celebrity is shown drinking Pepsi or Coke.

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    • Ray V. says:

      I can’t think of a product that I use because I saw a celebrity hawk it. That being said, they sure get paid a lot of money for doing so b


  4. Margy says:

    Interesting thoughts, Ray. Made me think of the Dixie Chicks. You know what happened to their career for speaking the words “We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” If they had put those sentiments in a song, would people have reacted the same way!?

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    • Ray V. says:

      Probably not…. it’s all in the delivery and a verbal sound bite is easier to spread than a song…at least I think so. It also has to do with celebrity status….take Springsteen….he’s got celebrity, so he can get away with being an arrogant jerk, politically. (I lived next door to his house in Freehold, NJ in 1983-1984 ). He was already gone, but his mother still lived there. I never met him and never was a fan.


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