Shock-rock legend Alice Cooper decided to record an EP of cover songs paying homage to the city of Detroit, and the Breadcrumbs EP is scheduled for release on Sept. 13 — this Friday!
On Tuesday, a song from the EP premiered via Billboard, and it’s somewhat of a surprise. “East Side Story” is a 1966 single released by Bob Seger and his band The Last Heard, predating Seger’s legendary solo career. It was a regional hit for Seger, doing well in the Detroit area.
Here’s Cooper’s cover, as premiered by Billboard:
Cooper told Billboard he was not familiar with this Seger track prior to it being suggested for the EP by his manager, Toby Mamis, and John Varvatos:
“I had never heard that song on the radio,” Cooper says. “(Ezrin) and I saw that (video) and went, ‘We could jazz that song up a little bit and turn it into something else.’ It has a great story and I love the chord structure and everything to it. We just treated it a little more hard rock.”
For comparison’s sake, here’s the original version of “East Side Story,” from Bob Seger and the Last Heard, circa 1966:
In addition to the Seger cover, Cooper’s new EP will include renditions of Suzi Quatro’s “Your Mama Won’t Like Me,” “the MC5’s “Sister Anne,” Ryder & the Detroit Wheels’ “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and two Cooper songs, “Go Man Go” and “Detroit City 2020,” a re-hash of a song originally featured on Cooper’s The Eyes of Alice Cooper LP, released in 2003.
Cooper also told Billboard that the Breadcrumbs EP will basically be an “introduction” to his next studio album, which will feature all original recordings.