The Spiders American rock band and Alice Cooper band The Spiders and Nazz[ edit ] In , year-old Furnier was eager to participate in the local annual Cortez High School Letterman's talent show, so he gathered four fellow cross-country teammates to form a group for the show: As a result of their positive experience, the group decided to try to turn into a real band. They acquired musical instruments from a local pawn shop , and proceeded to learn how to play them, with Buxton doing most of the teaching, as well as much of the early songwriting. For the next year the band performed regularly around the Phoenix area with a huge black spider's web as their backdrop, the group's first stage prop. In , the Spiders recorded their first single, "Why Don't You Love Me" originally performed by the Blackwells , with Furnier learning the harmonica for the song. The single was released by local record label Mascot Records, owned by Jack Curtis, a concert promoter who also owned the Stage 7 teen club, which later became the VIP Club where the Spiders were the house band.