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Boy About Town Number 49: Hello Hooray


Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir.

I set about following Alice with a passion I’d barely hinted at with David. The singles ‘Elected’, ‘Hello Hooray’ and ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, each on a distinctive green label carrying the same instantly recognisable Warner Brothers logo, made it into my growing collection of 45s. So did Alice Cooper’s previous LP, Killer, which I bought at Counterpoint, despite the sales person’s evident concern that I might be too young: the cover, after all, had a snake on the front and it opened up into a fold- out sleeve of Alice Cooper hanging from a noose. I knew from occasionally reading Disco 45, the fortnightly bible for under-age pop fans like myself, that this was all part of Alice’s stage act, as was the cutting up of baby dolls and other gory stunts. Sure enough, when I got the album home and played it on the living- room record player, Mum found ‘Dead Babies’ as funny as I did. She was definitely loosening up.

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