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Alice Cooper: 5 Songs I Wish I’d Written

The godfather of shock rock on the brilliance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and why My Chemical Romance is the “next Def Leppard”

Alice Cooper; Five Songs; Nirvana; Aerosmith; My Chemical Romance; Billy Talent

Ross Halfin

For a 68-year-old, Alice Cooper remains surprisingly relevant. He opened for Mötley Crüe on their final tour last year, rocked the 2016 Grammys with Hollywood Vampires and appeared on Sunday's installment of Vinyl (an episode named after his classic 1973 LP Billion Dollar Babies). We caught up with the veteran shock-rock visionary to get his take on five songs he'd love to have written.

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Billy Talent, “Red Flag”

These guys were Canada's Green Day. This song reminds me of "My Sharona." It's one of those hooks you can't explain.

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My Chemical Romance, “Teenagers”

I looked at this band as the next Def Leppard. This song has a great message: "Teenagers are dangerous!"

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Aerosmith, “Dude (Looks Like
 a Lady)”

They wrote this about Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe were a bunch of good-looking girls then. They aren't so cute anymore.

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Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Had I been born later, I could have written this. But when you're my age, you can't write for teens. When I first heard it, I was like, "Oh, yeah!"

In This Article: Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires

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