From the beginning, Cooper and his band had a tough time figuring out where their distinct sound might fit it. In the late '60s, with most of America's musical attention turned to the hot spots on the east and west coasts, there wasn't much action in the middle - except for Detroit, where Cooper and the band relocated in 1970.
“Los Angeles had its sound with the Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield,”Cooper said on his website, where he's offering a free download of "Social Debris" during its first 24 hours of its release. “San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had the Rascals and the Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the U.S. (musically or image-wise), Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven, hard-rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts."