Kerrang!

Originally Published: November 25, 1998

Top 100 most influential artists

No. 41 Alice Cooper

The Original Marilyn manson. A Guy with a girl`s name and long black hair playing shock rock. Simple, really. Back in the 70s, Cooper was Americas public enemy number one, horrifying parents with his outrageous stage-shows (monsters, guillotine executions, baby dolls on spikes) and teen rebellion anthems like `School`s Out`. It was all just harmless fun, of course. And the music was a brilliant mix of deafening rock`n`roll nastiness and biting social satire.

Iinspired: Marilyn Manson, Kiss, WASP, Motley Crue
Recommended: Billion Dollar Babies (1973)