Three Way: Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
Alice Cooper’s School’s Out can be found on iTunes.
by Walter Price
Usually while researching these ‘three-way’ articles I poke fun at the cheesy pop albums from the same year as the subject. But in 1972, pop and rock radio were sounding pretty good. Sure, The Osmonds had an album out that year, as did The Partridge Family. But if you look closer you’ll discover (or remember) that in 1972 Big Star, Bee Gees, Joan Armatrading, and Three Dog Night all had albums that hit the Pop charts.
But one album to reach the Top 10 was a bit of a fish-out-of-water, or school as it was. Alice Cooper is his name and School’s Out was the album. The album climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard charts fueled by the lead single/title track. The Single, “School’s Out reached #7 on the Hot 100. I wonder what the baby-faced Michael Jackson thought about the macabre rocker creeping up on his chart territory…
“School’s Out” is no doubt Cooper’s signature tune and absolute fan favorite. A track he explained, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life? There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.'”
A sentiment he reiterated to me during an interview back in 1990. Another thing he mentioned during that chat was that he enjoyed good covers of his songs. So fittingly, I have dug up three killer cover versions of a song that has meant the start of Summer for four decades plus. Here is your Three Way, “School’s Out”….forever.
THE DONNAS (1998)
(from Alice Cooper: Trashes The World)
Songwriters: Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.
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