Alice Cooper

Billion Dollar Babies

Composed by Alice Cooper / Michael Bruce / Neal Smith

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By the early '70s, success had come hard and fast for the Alice Cooper band. The '70s are often remembered as a nonstop hedonistic party of over-indulging and over-spending, and the band humorously flaunted their lifestyle with the title track of their number one album from 1973, "Billion Dollar Babies." The song's mid-pace grind was based on a stomping, tribal beat from drummer Neal Smith, while a tough (almost funky), muscular guitar riff added a whole other dimension to the track. As with other AC albums produced by Bob Ezrin, experimentation was welcomed, and when it was discovered that '60s folk star Donovan was recording down the hall in the same recording studio in England, he was invited to add vocals to the track. The trading off of lines between Alice and Donovan throughout the song (at the insistence of AC guitarist Michael Bruce) creates a strangely creepy effect, which really adds to the song's subject matter. The original Alice Cooper band could effortlessly pen instant heavy metal/hard rock classics "I'm Eighteen," "Is It My Body," "Under My Wheels," "School's Out," and, especially, "Billion Dollar Babies."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billion Dollar Babies 1973 Audio Fidelity 3:47
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits 1974 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:44
The Alice Cooper Show 1977 Friday Music
No Image 1978
Various Artists
Media Records
The Strange Case of Alice Cooper [Video] 1979 Shout! Factory
The Nightmare Returns 1987 Geffen
Trashes the World 1990 EPC
Prime Cuts 1991 Sanctuary
Welcome to My Nightmare [Video] 1993 Edel Records
Beast of Alice Cooper 1993 Warner Bros. 3:39
Live: The 70s 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:10
Classicks 1995 Epic 3:36
A Fistful of Alice 1997 Friday Music
The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper 1999 Rhino / Warner Music
No Image 2000 Eagle Vision 2:24
No Image 2000 HEAD 3:31
Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper 2001 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:39
The Definitive Alice Cooper 2001 WEA International
No Image 2001 Rhino
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 Warner Music 3:42
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 3:39
Poison 2003 Epic 3:39
The Best of Alice Cooper [Delta] 2003 sbc / Sony BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:40
Rhino Hi-Five: Alice Cooper 2005 Warner Bros. 3:44
Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper: Live 1973 2005 Shout! Factory
Live at Montreux 2005 [Video] 2006 Eagle Vision 3:25
Live at Montreux 2005 2006 Rock Classics
The Best of Alice Cooper [Sony] 2007 Camden 3:40
Heavy Metal [Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Heavy Metal Box [Rhino] 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
No Image 2008 Epic
Spark In the Dark: The Best of Alice Cooper 2009 Sony Music 3:37
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:43
Theatre of Death 2010 Universal 3:26
Theatre of Death 2010 Universal
School's Out: Live in Romania 2007 2011 IDS / Rock Tapes
Alone in His Nightmare 2012 Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 2:56
Playlist: The Very Best of Alice Cooper 2012 Epic / Legacy 3:39
No More Mr Nice Guy: Live 2012 4Worlds Media / Four Worlds 3:24
Super Duper Alice Cooper 2014 Eagle Rock 3:36
Slicker Than a Weasel: Live 1978 Radio Broadcast 2015 Sonic Boom 3:30
The Studio Albums 2015 Rhino 3:44
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2016 Rhino
Live on Air 2017 Laser Media
Live at Wacken 2013
Various Artists
Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken UDR
The Loudness: Rock Hits Turned Up to 11
Various Artists
Warner Music
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