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Alice Cooper – Stage Name Origins

Alice Cooper
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How did Vincent Damon Furnier become Alice Cooper? Partially because the other idea — “Husky Baby Sandwich” — didn’t thrill anyone at the band meeting.

Back in 1968, the Alice Cooper Band were known as the Nazz, but Todd Rundgren was already using that name, so the singer suggested a name reminiscent of famous alleged axe murderer Lizzie Borden.

As Cooper explains in his ‘Golf Monster‘ book, the new name “conjured up an image of a little girl with a lollipop in one hand, and a butcher knife in another.”

Modelling his look on Bette Davis’ dark-eyed appearance in the film ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?‘ and the Great Tyrant character from ‘Barbarella,’ Cooper went on to great fame with his new identity.

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