Lordi apparently once said they were better than Kiss and Alice Cooper. Alice Cooper did not hold back in his response

Alice Cooper and Mr Lordi
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Shock rock just wouldn't exist as we know and love it without Alice Cooper. The man anointed the Godfather of the entire genre, The Coop has been terrifying, horrifying and delighting us for over five decades now. One band clearly influenced by Cooper's theatrics and music are monstrous Finnish Eurovision conquerers Lordi, who famously won the beloved song contest in 2006 with their track, Hard Rock Hallelujah

Lordi are almost certainly big Alice Cooper fans given their 80s rock-indebted style of music and love of horror imagery - they've even covered Cooper's classic, Jason Voorhees-influenced 80s anthem He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) - but that didn't stop a bit of beef brewing between the two acts in the mid-00s.

In an interview with MTV broadcast in 2007, Alice Cooper claimed that Lordi once stated that they were not only better than him, but also better than another set of famous shock rock icons.

"Lordi, the band that said they were better than Alice and Kiss," states the bemused singer in a video of the interview since uploaded to YouTube. "They said that in the press in America.

"So, let me, see...Lordi," he continues. "Where did I see Lordi before? Oh yeah, Gwar! Gwar was much before Lordi, so it's not original at all, even though I guess they're better than me and Kiss put together. Right." 

Ouch! To be fair, it's hard to imagine Lordi weren't also inspired by Gwar's gloriously over the top costumes and blood-drenched live shows, but Cooper is clearly in no mood to pull punches.

"Oh, by the way, their single that came out," he adds, referring to Hard Rock Hallelujah. "You know that song that won [Eurovision]. Didn't that sound a lot like Poison to you? Sure did to me. It's weird that they were so detrimental, they were very anti-Alice in the press. It must take forever to put that make-up on..."

Now, we should add, in the spirit of fairness, that this interview took place over fifteen years ago, and we can't find any trace of the original interview where Lordi allegedly took pot shots at Alice Cooper and Kiss. We also don't know for sure if the comments were made in jest or not. And we definitely know Lordi appreciate Alice Cooper's music - frontman Mr Lordi even picked two Cooper tracks in his list of the best shock rock songs ever for Metal Hammer in 2016.

Hopefully, everyone's friends now and it's all one big, happy shock rock family. Still, though, one fact remains: you come at the Coop, you best not miss.

Watch the interview below.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.