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Hey Stoopid


Following up the worldwide success of 'Trash' was never going to be easy and while 'Hey Stoopid' didn't manage to to hit those heights it's by far the better album. While the Desmond Child influence is still on show songs like 'Dangerous Tonight', 'Little By Little' and 'Die For You' are better then almost anything on 'Trash' and 'Might As Well Be On Mars' or 'Wind Up Toy' are up there as classics in their own right. Sometimes overlooked maybe because the precceding album was so huge, 'Hey Stoopid' could be said to be the one that SHOULD have been the big hit.


July 1991

  1. Hey Stoopid (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe, Pfeifer) [4:34]
  2. Love's a Loaded Gun (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe) [4:11]
  3. Snakebite (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe, Pfeifer, Bulen, Keeling) [4:33]
  4. Burning Our Bed (Cooper, Pitrelli, Pfeifer, West) [4:34]
  5. Dangerous Tonight (Cooper, Child) [4:41]
  6. Might As Well Be on Mars (Cooper, Wagner, Child) [7:09]
  7. Feed My Frankenstein (Zodiac Mindwarp, Cooper, Coler, Richardson) [4:44]
  8. Hurricane Years (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe, Pfeifer) [3:58]
  9. Little by Little (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe, Pfeifer) [4:35]
  10. Die for You (Cooper, Six, Mars, Vallance) [4:16]
  11. Dirty Dreams (Cooper, Vallance, Pfeifer) [3:29]
  12. Wind-Up Toy (Cooper, Ponti, Pepe, Pfeifer) [5:27]

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Musicians

  • Slash - Guitars (1)
  • Joe Satriani - Guitars (1,4,7,9,12), Backing Vocals (1)
  • Stef Burns - Guitars (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12)
  • Steve Vai - Guitars (7)
  • Vinnie Moore - Guitar (8,11)
  • Mick Mars - Guitar (10)
  • Hugh McDonald - Bass (1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12)
  • Nikki Sixx - Bass (7)
  • Mickey Curry - Drums (all)
  • John Webster - Keyboards (1,2,3,4,7,9,10,12), B3 Organ (5)
  • Steve Croes - Synclavier (1,10)
  • Robert Bailey - Keyboards (2,5,6,7,8,10,12)
  • Jai Winding - Keyboards (6)
  • Chris Boardman - String Arrangements (6)
  • Backing Vocals - Ozzy Osbourne (1), Zachary Nevel (1)

Sleeve Notes

Produced by Peter Collins

Recorded at Bearville Studios New York, The Complex Los Angeles

Mixed at A&M Studios Hollywood

Cover: Lethal Art by Mike McNeilly

Photography by Randee St. Nicholas

Executive Producer: Bob Pfeifer

The Album

Brian Nelson (Jan `96): [There was a] scrapped cover was very similar to the actual cover. It was just more graphic and hardcore with hypo needles, pills, etc.

Brian Nelson (Dec `95): Alice used real rattlesnakes for the rattle sound on "Snakebite".

'Burning Our Beds' was only ever performed on the UK show 'Aspel and Co' with a live vocal by Alice.

'Fire', a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song, was recorded during the 'Hey Stoopid' session as a B-side and eventually turned up on the 'Love's A Loaded Gun' single and later on the Box Set and Classicks compilation..

The line 'He`s such a psycho' during 'Feed My Frankenstein' is said by Horror Queen Elvira.

Stoopid News

There was a promo only CD released (Epic ESK 4161) around this time called `Stoopid News` which featured Alice telling stories.

Track listing:

  1. Rock N Roll Bat Belts Hits
  2. Voodoo Snake Cures Headaches
  3. She-Male Werewolf Captured Alive
  4. Buying Goats To Watch em Faint
  5. Poop Lady Raking It In
  6. Bar Serves Human Blood Cocktails
  7. Russian Men Won't Act In Porn
  8. Wild Man Raised By Cows
  9. Outer Space Blobs Eating Our Planes
  10. Man Paid $3000 For Being Stinky
  11. Father Shoot At Son Over Monoply
  12. Single Man Collects Dirty Diapers
  13. Woman Beats Self Senseless With Own Hand
  14. Man Tries To Sell Senseless With Own Hand
  15. "Hubbies Ghost Made Me Pregnant"

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

E46786

7/91

47

Epic

Insert

USA

Tape

E46786-?

7/91

47

Epic

 

USA

CD

E45786-1

7/91

47

Epic

 

USA

CD

ESK 4085

7/91

 

Epic

Promo

UK

LP

46816-1

7/91

4

Epic

Insert

UK

CD

468416-2

7/91

4

Epic

 

UK

Tape

468416-4

7/91

4

Epic

 

Argentina

LP

EPIC 50012

91

 

Epic

Titled "Hey Estupido"
Promo

Argentina

LP

EPIC 50012

91

 

Epic

Titled "Hey Estupido"
Promo

Australia

Tape

468416-4

7/91

18

Epic

 

Australia

CD

468416-2

7/91

18

Epic

Some with Stickers

Australia

CD

468416-2

7/91

18

Epic

Promo

Austria

CD

468416-2

7/91

 

Epic

 

Canada

CD

EK 46786

10/91

 

Epic

 

Columbia

LP

14468416

91

 

?

 

Germany

CD

468416-2

7/91

 

Epic

 

Greek

LP

?

7/91

 

Epic

 

Korea

LP

CPL-1183

7/91

 

Epic

With Lyric sheet

Japan

CD

ESCA-5370

7/91

 

Epic

With Obi
Additional track 'It Rained All Night'

Japan

CD

ESCA-5370

7/91

 

Epic

With Obi
Additional track 'It Rained All Night'
Promo

Japan

Tape

ESCA-5370

7/91

 

Epic

With Obi
Additional track 'It Rained All Night'

The Show - 1991 - Operation Rock And Roll

Full setlists available here

Musicians:

Setlist

  1. Under My Wheels
  2. Trash
  3. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Billion Dollar Babies
  5. Love's a Loaded Gun
  6. Bed Of Nails
  7. I'm Eighteen
  8. I Love the Dead /Devil's Food / Steven / Black Widow (Instrumental)
  9. Sick Things
  10. Feed My Frankenstein
  11. Cold Ethyl
  12. Only Women Bleed
  13. Wind Up Toy - Ballad Of Dwight Fry (Europe Only)
  14. Poison
  15. Snakebite (Europe Only)
  16. Go To Hell
  17. School's Out
  18. Hey Stoopid
  19. Elected

'Dirty Dreams' was also done at least once or twice on this tour (including one night at Wembley). 'He's Back' was played in Sweden only.

The 'Operation Rock And Roll' Tour was a joint headline event with metal band Judas Priest. Despite that the stage set was still pretty elaborate. The main feature was a huge skull at the back of the stage in the center. The drum and keyboard risers were seperated left and right stage with giant skeletal hands holding them as if they were the hands of the skull at the back.

The show opened with a long, chugging one chord intro to 'Under my Wheels' before Alice breaks out of the skull mouth in a cloud of smoke for the first line of the song. After that the first part of the set is played with only handheld props.

'Feed My Frankenstein' featured a large "Mad Scientist" like table on which a women was placed. The table was then covered and rose into the lighting rig before returning to earth with the women replaced by the 'Cold Ethyl' plastic doll.

Theatrically the centerpiece was 'Go To Hell'. The magic screen, last seen on the 1979 'From The Inside' tour, drops down at the back of the stage (hiding the giant skull) and Alice proceeds to jump in and out of the screen while footage of a mad scientist lab shows and he is chased by robe wearing skeletons. Eventually he tries to jump out of the screen one last time and discovers he`s trapped. The camera slowly pulls back and the audience discovers first that he`s trapped behind bars, and then that the bars are in fact the teeth on the skull. Smoke swirls and lightning flashes. Then suddenly Alice bursts out of the real on stage skull that has been revealed as the screen, showing a exact scale skull image, had slowly risen under cover of the effects. It was a stunning effect.

In Europe 'Wind Up Toy' was added to the show (now called the "'Hey Stoopid' Tour) and featured Alice in a childs play crib (covered in barbed wire) which was on wheels so he could move it around the stage. .

"Nightmare On Your Street" Tour

This unusual tour happened after the Operation Rock and Roll US leg of the tour supporting 'Hey Stoopid'. It was a series of free public mini shows ( sometimes with an autograph session as well) that were performed everywhere from record store roof tops to public parks to causing a traffic jam in the heart of Times Square in NYC.

The set varied a few times on the number of songs (anywhere from 4-6) and order they were played but usually included (not in order) 'Eighteen', 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', 'School's Out', 'Hey Stoopid', 'Love's A Loaded Gun', 'Billion Dollar Babies'.