April 22nd, 2006


Alice Cooper goes with God

Alice Cooper goes with God
'Shock-rock' pioneer now 'dedicated to follow Christ'
Posted: March 1, 2002, 1:00 a.m. Eastern, © 2002 Charisma News Service

poserAlice Cooper says he loves God but doesn't want to become a 'celebrity' believer.

The father of shock rock whose music and stage antics have outraged parents for more than 30 years told how the fear of hell turned him to God.

Alice Cooper, who sang about necrophilia and chopped up baby dolls during his concerts, said that although he continues to record and tour with a theatrical horror-style show, "My life is dedicated to follow Christ."

Although he became a Christian in the 1980s, apart from brief comments in some interviews the 54-year-old singer has always been guarded about his faith – until now. But in a frank interview with a Christian music magazine, he spoke at length publicly for the first time about his love for God and reluctance to become a "Christian celebrity."

A chart-topper with the teen anthem "School's Out," Cooper – who legally changed his name from Vince Furnier – has been credited with paving the way for the likes of today's outrageous performers such as Marilyn Manson.

But he maintains that his act was never political or religious and always had "a sense of humor." He told HM: The Hard Music Magazine that he was always insulted whenever he was accused of being satanic. Raised in a Christian home, he still believed in God, although he was not committed.

That changed when alcoholism threatened his marriage. He and his wife, Sheryl, attended a church with a "hellfire pastor." Cooper said he became a Christian "initially more out of the fear of God, rather than the love of God ... I did not want to go to hell." Interviewed for HM's March/April issue, Cooper views his faith as "an ongoing thing."

"Being a Christian is something you just progress in. You learn. You go to your Bible studies. You pray," he said.

He has avoided "celebrity Christianity," because "it's really easy to focus on Alice Cooper and not on Christ. I'm a rock singer. I'm nothing more than that. I'm not a philosopher. I consider myself low on the totem pole of knowledgeable Christians. So, don't look for answers from me."

Yet he has been able to speak to others in the music scene about his faith.

"I've had a couple of people that were friends of mine that I've talked to that have vocally said they have [accepted Christ]. I have talked to some big stars about this, some really horrific characters ... and you'd be surprised. The ones that you would think are the furthest gone are the ones that are more apt to listen."

Songs on Cooper's more recent recordings have hinted at his change of heart. He sees his stage persona now as "the prophet of doom," telling people: "'Be careful! Satan is not a myth. Don't sit around pretending like Satan is just a joke.' I think my job is to warn about Satan."

He no longer performs some of his older repertoire. Any song promoting promiscuous sex and drinking "gets the axe," he said. "I'm very careful about what the lyrics are. I tried to write songs that were equally as good, only with a better message."

Cooper told HM he answers his critics: "'I was one thing at one time, and I'm something new. I'm a new creature now. Don't judge Alice by what he used to be. Praise God for what I am now.'"

It is rather amusing to see once in awhile how some of these posers {including Dave Mustaine} eventually return to church after having benefitted from the aesthetics of The Devil - it may be considered a sort of "blood money", as it were. As much as I appreciate much of the music and theatrics Cooper has brought forth from his subconcious, there seems to be a disbalance here, and The Devil always takes His due.

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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger. Dir: William Dieterle.

Tugs at the heart-strings. A compassion-laden film about a true-life German Doctor seeking the cure to some of the world's worst ailments, including syphilis, polio and influenza.

When an epidemic hits the country, he goes about pulling out all the stops to find a so-called "magic bullet" as a veritable cure-all, and finally accomplishes his goal in pill 606, named after the number of tries to perfect this ideal drug. After some unfortunate losses in a few allergic reactions, despite his own warnings to the medical community that there still needed some tests to be done, he is vindicated and is eventually and rightfully awarded the Nobel Prize.

There are some really moving and inspiring moments in the film, with the contemplation of nobility, ingenuity, and the passionate pursuit of knowlege. It is all worth it in the end when you see the faces of those formerly ill children and grown-ups beaming with healthy life again.

Saturday's Children (1940)
Cast: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Anne Shirley. Dir: Vincent Sherman.

A charming and rather riveting tale about a newlywed couple who struggle through some financial hardships, yet their incessant love for eachother wins out in the end, and the money naturally follows such passion.

They meet on a bus of all places, where they are immediately attracted towards one another, and allow themselves various "coincidences" to meet up again on the street - he is an inventor of such quirky gadgets like the doorlock which engages like a safe, and an instant cigarette-rolling apparatus.

After a rough arguement, the two temporarily part ways, and through a supremely noble sacrifice by a relative, rejoin their inevitable love. He subsequently rejects a gig in The Phillipines for their union, and all finally balances out.

The Reformer And The Redhead (1950)
Cast: Dick Powell, June Allyson, Cecil Kellaway. Dir: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.

A small-town Politician falls for a tom-boyish redhead {sporting a very Rosemary's Baby hairdo}, who just so happens to help run a zoo out in the countryside. He meets "Herman", a loveably affable lion whom he is initially terrified of, which sends him literally up a wall, until he eventually gets used to the whole likeable menagerie and falls in love. She whole-heartedly supports her man, gathering up all the local orphans to support the party's cause, which eventually takes him to international travels, at one point forgetting where he was at, which leads to an embarassing yet most amusing scene, with relief in the end.

Unfortunately their love becomes tainted when a despicable plan is revealed by a drunken co-worker, and his public standing is threatened with ill-repute. She is obviously hurt by this betryal, yet his honesty leads to reconciliation, while right around the same time, another lion escapes from the zoo - that 'ol man eater Caesar, who the poor man believes is actually mild-mannered Herman, which displays another one of the more entertaining scenes when he manages to get the lion into the car.

He gets his girl, she gets her man, and all is well in the humanimal kingdom.

Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Fred MacMurray, Howard Keel. Dir: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.

A spoof on the massive western trend of Hopalong Cassidy and the like.

When a western character comes into favor with the masses, a film company initiates a frantic search to find the original actor who portrayed that icon of wholesome American heroism, but when there are no leads, they decide on a good-hearted yokle who just so happens to resemble the cowboy of yore, and offer him a substantial salary if he will bring the character back to life for all the little kiddies who look up to him so admirably.

By and by, an investigator manages to locate the original Callaway, who had taken residence in Mexico with some spicy senoritas and his chronic alcohol consumption. Now a rather grizzled version of his former self, he refuses to leave his lifestyle of excess, so the investigator plans on literally kidnapping him after he passes out to catch a ship back to the states. He reluctantly agrees to assume his former role, much to the chagrin of the female chapperone accompanying the new cowboy, as she takes quite a fancy for him as he does with her, who after travelling across the country, become, shall we say, 'very well acquainted'. A fight eventually ensues between the cowboys, and the real one wins out over the drunk.

Amusing scenes include: in an effort to bring the drunken cowboy back to shape, he hides bottles of booze in various locations throughout this health ranch, including in a well bucket, and in a rock while jogging out on the trail.

The well-meaning impersonator manages to gain possession of all of the money the character had been generating up to that point and sets up a fund for clinically ill children, after feeling deeply guilty since a stern woman admonished him about their conditions. He eventually grows to embody the Callaway icon, and assumes the role whole-heartedly.

Betrayal From The East (1945)
Cast: Lee Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Loo. Dir: William Berke.

A compelling WW2-era propaganda film dealing with Japanese and American espionage, where a carnival showman becomes mixed up in it all, as he decides to foil Jap plans to sabotage the Panama Canal. This takes him oversees where he was to be a patsy, but ends up a hero instead. After a long and nasty fight with a Japanese military official disguised as a shipman, he becomes a rather martyred character for the glory of the stars and stripes. A special message for audiences awaits at the end.

The Story of Mankind (1957)
Cast: Vincent Price, Ronald Coleman, Heddy Lamaar. Dir: Irwin Allen.

Stars Vincent Price as The Devil, and what an appropriate representation! Few can portray The Prince of Darkness so well as he, a master of horror, where Lucifer acts as prosecutor to the human race, pointing out all of its foibles and innately evil nature. The defense does a pretty good job in attempting to point out the positive points of man's existence, yet somehow seems to fall short. As accuser, The Devil is assuredly a motivating force to prod mankind towards bettering itself.

In My opinion, a marvellous combination for a veritable "Satanic Channel" would basically be TCM with some of our documentary material interspersed throughout. Herein is found a rememberance of past orthodoxies, a superior and elegant aesthetic, and is actually repleat with de-facto Satanic ethical principles. Those who are Satanists will be able to detect this immediately, innately.

It seems to Me that with the onset of the 60's, with hippie culture turning into ghetto culture, with human garbage of every shape and size and color and creed being programmed to emulate the lowest sub-human traits through the media and The Letharginator, it would be a desirable 'trend' for this broadcast to become more preferrable; with the exception of technological advances and a choice few other elements, what has transpired since The Noir Era has largely been a de-evolution of the culture. which needs to be reformed.


Priest Dismembers Lover On Easter Sunday

Priest Dismembers Lover On Easter Sunday

Cesar Torres, 42, a priest at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Nezahualcoyotl on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City, was arrested Wednesday for the suspected murder of his lover Veronica Andrade Salinas, 22, on Easter Sunday. After Torres had delivered Easter mass a row erupted between the two which escalated into a violent confrontation. According to one unconfirmed source, Ms Salinas had told Torres she was pregnant and had demanded money. During the fight Torres strangled and killed Ms Salinas. In an attempt to hide his crime he dragged her body into a bathroom where he used a kitchen knife to decapitate and dismember her body. He then wrapped the pieces in plastic bags and drove to the cemetery in Chimalhuacan where he dumped them.

Police were tipped off by the victim’s mother when she noticed the extensive bruising on Torres and linked it with the absence of her daughter. When the authorities came to arrest him on suspicion of murder he came willingly and openly confessed to the murder. Police had already been investigating the deaths of five other women who had been slain and dumped in Chimalhuacan - some of them mutilated - suggesting the work of a serial killer. There is no suggestion Torres is linked to the other murders.

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