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1989 saw Alice's comback running full steam, but few could have predicted what a change of label (to Epic) would bring. Enlisting the hit maker of the time, Desmond Child, Alice created an album designed specifically to hit the top of the charts, and it pretty much succeed on every level. Epic ploughed money into promotion and pushed 'Poison' to the top of the charts worldwide and a string of follow up singles kept the profile high along with a huge world tour that even took in Japan for the first and only time.
Unfortunately what got lost in the shuffle was the Alice Cooper fans loved. This is less of an Alice album and more of a Desmond Child and friends record with little of the humour or horror older fans loved. Essential in as much as it was Alice's most commercially successful album, and many newer fans hail it as a classic, but others feel it's lacking a key ingredient, Alice Cooper!!


25th July 1989

  1. Poison (Cooper, Child, McCurry) [4:28]
  2. Spark In The Dark (Cooper, Child) [3:51]
  3. House Of Fire (Cooper, Jett, Child) [3:46]
  4. Why Trust You (Cooper, Child) [3:12]
  5. Only My Heart Talkin' (Roberts, Goldmark, Cooper) [4:46]
  6. Bed Of Nails (Cooper, Warren, Child) [4:20]
  7. This Maniac's In Love With You (Cooper, Teeley, Held, Child) [3:47]
  8. Trash (Cooper, Frazier, Sever, Child) [4:01]
  9. Hell Is Living Without You (Cooper, Bon Jovi, Sambora, Child) [4:11]
  10. I'm Your Gun (Cooper, McCurry, Child) [3:47]

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Produced by Desmond Child

Recorded by Sir Arthur Payson

Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero

Recorded in New York at Bearsville Studios, Power Station, Sigma Sound, Mediasound and Los Angeles at Village Recorder, The Complex, Record Plant and Boston Jay Studios and New Jersey Sanctuary Sound.

Production Manager: Michael Anthony

Executive Producer: Bob Pfeifer

The Album

A working title for 'Trash' was 'Low Class Reunion'.

There are three version of the 'Poison' video, which feature the female character in various states of undress. The girl in the video is Rana Kennedy.

A compilation video was released comprising three promotional videos from this album with linking footage. The transitional pieces were shot in Birmingham, England on the day of the filming of "Trashes The World" video. The video included 'Poison', 'House of Fire', and 'Bed of Nails' and was about 20 minutes long. The forth video for 'Only My Heart Talkin'' was not included but shot at the same time.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I think the beginning of 'Bed of Nails' was some passage out of some dumb book that Desmond Child had.
(Renfield, August 1995)

'It Rained all Night' was written by Alice and Desmond Child. It was demoed during the 'Trash' and the recorded proper for during the 'Hey Stoopid' sessions. In the end it wound up as the B-side to 'Hey Stoopid' although it was included as a bonus track in Japan.

Alice thought Annie Lennox would have been great on it.
(Renfield, September 1996)

The main riff of 'Poison' originally turned up in a John Waite song called 'Encircled' which was also co-written by John McCurry. John took the idea to Childs and a new song was written around it.


Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

OE 45137

7/89

20

Epic

Insert

USA

LP

?

7/89

 

Epic

Promo

USA

Tape

OE 45137-?

7/89

20

Epic

 

USA

CD

7464-45137-1

7/89

20

Epic

 

UK

LP

465130-1

8/89

2

Epic

Insert

UK

CD

465130-2

8/89

2

Epic

 

UK

Tape

465130-4

8/89

2

Epic

 

UK

LP

 

/89

2

Epic

Picture Disc

Argentina

LP

Epic 70-098

8/89

 

Epic

Entitled "Basura"
Different Cover
Alt. Cover

Argentina

Tape

170-098

89

 

Epic

 

Australia

LP

465130-1

8/89

 

Epic

 

Australia

Tape

435160-4

8/89

 

Epic

 

Australia

CD

435160-2

8/89

 

Epic

 

Australia

LP

465130-5

8/89

 

Epic

With poster
actual record is 465130-1 with sticker on front with correct number

Australia

LP

465130-0

8/89

 

Epic

Picture Disc

Australia

CD

435160-9

4/90

 

Epic

Tour edition

Brazil

LP

?

4/90

 

Epic

 

Brazil

LP

?

4/90

 

Epic

Promo with Press Release

Brazil

CD

Epic 465130

4/90

 

Epic

 

Canada

CD

EK 45137

1097

 

Epic

 

Czechoslovaki

LP

210040-1311

89

 

Epic (Globus)

Yellow Splatter vinyl

Czechoslovakia

LP

210040-1 311

8/89

 

Epic

Green Vinyl

Germany

CD

4651302

89

 

Epic

 

Greece

CD

01-465130-10

2008

 

Platinum

Digipack

Holland

LP

465130-1

8/89

 

Epic

Same as French And German

Holland

CD

465130-?

8/89

 

Epic

Same as French And German

Hungary

LP

Gong SLPXL 37417

89

 

 

 

Japan

CD

25.8 5278

8/89

 

Epic

With Obi

Korea

LP

CPL-1042

06/90

 

 

includes Korean insert

Spain

LP

465160-1

4/90

 

Epic

 

Mexican

LP

ZRI-465130

89

 

Epic

Translucent BROWN vinyl [when held to the light] picture sleeve with Spanish text lyric inner and Spanish titles on labels

Greece

LP

465130

89

 

Epic

 

Yugoslavia

LP

LL-1817

 

 

SOKOJ

 

The 'Trashes The World' Tour

Alice wanted Steve Vai to play guitar on the tour but he wasn't available due to previous commitments (with Whitesnake). Steve recommended Al Pitrelli.

Setlist

'Muscle of Love' had been dropped by the time they reached Detroit to be replaced by 'Only My Heart Talking'. 'Department Of Youth' was performed in Australia. 'He's Back' was played in Sweden. 'The Awakening' was played during the 'Nightmare' sequence in Brussels, 21st November but was dropped after that one night. 'Is It My Body' was played at the first few shows as well.

Full setlists available here