Who does Alice Cooper credit for his success? The last woman you might expect, it turns out:
Alice Cooper tells Leona Graham on Virgin Radio that criticism of his band by Mary Whitehouse was the greatest thing that could have happened. He says: “We were sending her roses every day saying thank you. And she couldn’t figure out why.”
Likewise, of course, nobody could ever work out quite why Whitehouse was so outraged by Cooper; it was like being upset by Hector from Hector's House, as his subsequent career has shown.