Speaking to Classic Rock, singer Dee Snider discussed Alice Cooper, as well talked about Led Zeppelin.
Speaking about Alice Cooper’s 1971 song “I’m Eighteen,” he said:
“Alice Cooper were trying to be a psychedelic rock band, but they were terrible at it, and they ended up creating something much more unique.
“I’m a teenager, trying to find myself, and here’s Alice screaming, ‘I’m a boy and I’m a man,’ and, ‘I’m 18, and I don’t know what I want,’ and he’s speaking directly to me.
“He wasn’t being poetic or philosophical, he was raw and in-your-face, and I got it, instantly. A significant part of my own vocal style came from hearing Alice and trying to capture that aggression.”
Adding on Led Zeppelin, Dee said:
“Another ‘What the f*ck?’ moment, another game-changing, genre-defining classic. When I heard this it was like, ‘This is what I’m about – f*ck Crosby, Stills & Nash, this is it!’
“In terms of groove and tonality and atmospherics and musicality and range, Zeppelin showed everyone how it was done.
“This came out before Woodstock, obviously, but it was one of those songs which signaled the arrival of a new era.”