Friday, October 22, 2010

The Mythology of Steven Part 2,5

Might as well stick with the Steven theme.

Love it to Death is the third album by the Alice Cooper Band released in 1971. This album gets a brief mention of Steven. Although he isn't referenced at all here, the song “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” can be seen as a “predecessor” to Steven. According to Alice Cooper, this song was the one that gave him the idea to invent the character of Steven. Cooper's first two albums were pretty much considered "failed" albums at the time. This was the album that brought the Alice Cooper band into the mainstream. Much credit is generally given to producer Bob Ezrin, cleaning up the band's sound with fresh ideas and making it more accessible than the previous psychedelic type albums.

The album cover caused much controversy at the time of its release. Early pressings show Cooper's thumb sticking out of his pants, thus giving the illusion of a penis. This led Warner Brothers to censor it (four different versions of the front cover exist on LP). Alice Cooper's thumb along with his right arm is clearly airbrushed out on censored versions. I have posted the original uncensored version below. In 2003, the album was ranked number 460 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Ballad of Dwight Fry
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