I first remember hearing about Alice Cooper when my parents would discuss his frequent publicity stunts in the 1970s. I never got the impression that they completely disapproved of him (unlike many other parents of the time) - I think they were actually rather impressed at his marketing and promotional prowess.
I didn't really ever listen to his music (aside from hearing "School's Out" on the radio) until the early '90s when the "Trash" album came out. After that, I revisited his old material and kind of liked it, if for no other reason than its influence on bands that followed.
Lately, I've been listened to Alice Cooper's syndicated radio show in the evenings. When he first started the show, he was pretty awful: noticeably self-conscious and awkward. Now he seems a lot more relaxed and I can forgive his occasional rambling about nearly-forgotten bands and musicians. He seems to have free rein to play whatever songs he wants, so there are lots of cool surprises each day.
Now that I've been listening to the show more often, it seems as though Alice Cooper is popping up everywhere. An afternoon with Alice Cooper is the latest trade that Kyle MacDonald at OneRedPaperclip.com is offering in his quest to trade up from a paperclip to a house.
Where will he show up next?