the day alice cooper and the partridge family went head to head and the partridge family won
So, I’m in my first year of high school and it’s coming up to my birthday. My mother says to me, “I want you to go up to the record store and buy an album for me.”
Me thinks, “Wow! New music in the house!” Me says, “What would you like?”
Mum answers, “Up To Date. The Latest Partridge Family Album.”
My heart sinks and I’m overcome with a sense of dread. Could it be that I’m about to become party to purchasing my own birthday present? Could it be that, comes the big day, I will have to feign excitement and enthusiasm? Could it be that, when I say, “You shouldn’t have,” I’ll mean it!
“Wouldn’t you rather Alice Cooper’s new album, Billion Dollar Babies?” I enquire – a broad hint.
“No,” she’s quite adamant, “The Partridge Family, thanks.”
back then there were record stores – stores that sold records
I’m in the local music store (back in these days there is such a thing). I’m enviously fingering two albums I’ve coveted for some time. Joe Cocker’s, Cocker Happy, and the aforementioned, Billion Dollar Babies.
The Alice Cooper album is pretty flash. It’s has a thick fold out cover that is made to look like a snake-skin wallet. I’m wondering if I could fool mum by telling her a bus load of teenyboppers pulled up at the store just prior to my arrival emptying the shelves of every The Partridge Family in sight. I would tell her that the lady behind the counter had assured me people who bought Up To Date also greatly enjoyed Billion Dollar Babies.
The problem is, what if I’m wrong? What if the album isn’t intended for me? Honesty, the best policy…? yeah, I guess so. I buy The Partridge Family.
alice and the billion dollar babies
Alice Cooper was, as most of us will know, the name of a 70s music band and the adopted name of the band’s lead singer – Vincent Damon Furnier.
Billion Dollar Babies was the fifth, and most popular, of the band’s six albums. The album’s title reflected the band’s amazement at their success. Alice Cooper (the man not the band) once said, “How could we, this band that two years ago was living in the Chambers Brothers’ basement in Watts, be the Number one band in world, with people throwing money at us?”
The album also had more singles released from it than any of the band’s other albums. Four singles in all; the title track, Hello Hooray, Elected and No More Mister Nice Guy.
no more mr nice guy fax
- There are two differing explanations for the origins of this song. The first says that Alice wrote No More Mr Nice Guy in response to the reaction of people toward his on stage persona. In particular, the reaction of his mother’s church friends. The second explanation suggests that it’s Alice saying, in effect, “you ain’t seen nothing yet,” and that there was worse stuff that he could do in his life than what he’d already shown on stage.
- No More Mr Nice Guy features in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
- No More Mr Nice Guy has featured in both Family Guy and The Simpsons.
- There have been two notable covers of No More Mr Nice Guy. The first was by Megadeth for the soundtrack of the 1989 comedy thriller movie Shocker. The second was by Pat Boone on his 1997 album In a Metal Mood.
- No More Mr Nice Guy lyrics
ps – yes…
The Partridge Family was my birthday present and, to be honest, a lover of most music as I am, I have to reluctantly admit – it was okay for what it was! But I spent the money my Gran gave me on Billion Dollar Babies. And, I never did get that copy of Cocker Happy!