Friday, April 13, 2018

Spook Rock: He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (1986)

Shock rock showman Alice Cooper contributed three songs to the soundtrack to "Friday The 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives" in 1986. Two of them, "Teenage Frankenstein" & "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)", were also released on Cooper's CD, "Constrictor", that same year. "He's Back" got a ton of heavy airplay on MTV when it was released.

The irony of it all, and I found this out recently, is that behind the imagery of his stage shows, Cooper, born Vincent Fournier, is actually a born-again Christian, which would explain his participation in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar: Live on Easter Sunday.


Hal Horn said...

The video got a lot of play, but this was actually one of CONSTRICTOR's weaker tracks. Was great to see Alice Cooper back, and motivated, though. The followup, RAISE YOUR FIST AND YELL, was probably Alice's strongest album of the 1980's (I've always thought DA DA, which was mostly ignored in 1983, was sorely underrated, too).

"The Great American Success Story" off CONSTRICTOR was reportedly written for the Rodney Dangerfield comedy BACK TO SCHOOL, then rejected. A shame, for that hit movie would have given Alice a lot of visibility that summer. Better song, too.

Alice Cooper's live shows were also really solid during this time period. I saw both the RAISE YOUR FIST AND YELL (with then little-known Guns n' Roses opening) and TRASH tours. Was close enough to get hit with some fake blood during the latter. :-)

hobbyfan said...

I remember seeing Alice at the RPI-Houston Field House a couple of years later, with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, I think, as the opening act. "Poison", I think, was the hit song du jour. I figured, let me do this just this one time. It was loud, it was wild, it was a good show.