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School's Out


1972 saw Alice Cooper on top of the world, but while they could have recorded a collection of short hit single material, they continued to do it their way with another true classic mixing the hits with more complex material. Everyone still remembers the title track of course but material like 'Gutter Cats Vs The Jets' and 'My Stars' should have once and for all rid the band of any suggestion they were anything less then world class. 'Blue Turk' showed a jazz influence, while 'Gutter Cats...' and 'Grande Finale' highlighed the influence of film and musical theatre. Another essential release with not a bad moment.


June 1972 (July in UK?)

  1. School's Out (Cooper, Bruce, Buxton, Dunaway, Smith) [3:26]
  2. Luney Tune (Dunaway, Cooper) [3:36]
  3. Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets (Buxton, Dunaway, Bernstein, Sondheim) [4:39]
  4. Street Fight (Cooper, Bruce, Buxton, Dunaway, Smith) [0:55]
  5. Blue Turk (Bruce, Cooper) [5:29]
  6. My Stars (Cooper, Ezrin) [5:46]
  7. Public Animal #9 (Bruce, Cooper) [3:53]
  8. Alma Mater (Smith) [3:39]
  9. Grande Finale (David, Bernstein, Ezrin, Cooper, Smith, Dunaway, Buxton, Bruce) [4:36]


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Musicians

  • Alice Cooper - Vocals and Harmonica
  • Neal Smith - Drums and Vocals
  • Dennis Dunaway - Bass and Vocals
  • Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
  • Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
  • Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Mini-Moog
  • Dick Wagner - Guitar on 'My Stars'
  • Rockin' Reggie Vincent - Guitar and Vocals (Guitar on Luney Tune, Public Animal, Alma Mater, he also plays the Happy Trails riff with Dennis Dunaway).

Sleeve Notes

Produced By Bob Ezrin for Nimbus 9 Productions

Recording Engineers - Roy Cicala and Shelly Yakus

Recording Technician - Danny Turbeville, Frank Hubach and Dennis Ferrante

Recorded and Remixed at The Record Plant, New York and Alice Cooper Mansion, Connecticut.

Photography by Robert Offer (Desk) and Roger Prignet(Band)

String and Horn Arrangements - Bob Ezrin

Album Design - Wilkes & Braum, inc.

Jacket concept - Sound Packaging Corp.

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

BS 2623

6/72

2

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk designed cover, report card, panties (Blue, pink or white), no track listing on back

USA

LP

BS 2623

6/72

2

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk designed cover, report card, panties (Blue, pink or white), Track listing on back

USA

Cass

BS 2623

6/72

2

Warner Brothers

 

USA

8Track

BS 2623

6/72

2

Warner Brothers

 

USA

Reel2Reel

BS 2623

6/72

2

Warner Brothers

 

USA

LP

BS-2623

74

 

Warner Brothers (palm label)

Track listing added to back cover

USA

LP

BS-2623

?

 

Warner Brothers (White label)

Track listing added to back cover
Record goes in from bottom

USA

LP

BS-2623

   

Warner Brothers (beige label)

Normal sleeve, tracklisting missing again from back

UK

LP

K 56007

7/72

4

Warner Brothers (Light Green label)

Desk designed cover, report card, panties, no track listing on back

UK

Cass

K 56007

7/72

4

Warner Brothers

 

Argentina

LP

MH 14054

73

 

Warner Bros/Seven Arts

Normal Gatefold cover, no titles on back

Australia

LP

BS-2623

7/72

5

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk and Panties (Blue Pink or White)

Australia

LP

BS-2623(?)

?

5

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk, No Songs on back

Australia

LP

BS-2623

?

5

Warner Brothers (Palm Tree label)

Quiz on back in white

Australia

LP

BS-2623

?

5

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk and Panties (Blue Pink or White)

Australia

CD

WAR 9272602

90

 

Warner Brothers

 

Australia

CD

927260-2

2/98

 

Warner Brothers

 

Brazil

LP

WB 5012

72

 

Warner Brothers (Green label)

Desk (Brown and white)

Brazil

LP

WB 6704280

92

 

Warner Brothers

No Desk

Canada

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (Palm Tree label)

Desk, Songs on back

Canada

LP

BS2623

?

 

Warner Brothers (Palm Tree label)

Desk, panties, No Songs on back

Canada

CD

WARN 02623

10/97

 

Warner Brothers

 

France

LP

56007

7/72

 

Warner Brothers (Green Label)

Desk and Panties

France

LP

WB56007

   

Warner Brothers (beige label)

Desk cover, also sold in Germany

France

Cass

456-007

   

Warner Brothers

Yellow border on cover

France

LP

K456007

   

Warner Brothers

Normal cover Prime cuts reissue, also sold in Germany

France

Cass

K456007

   

Warner Brothers

Chrome Cassette, Also sold in Germany

Germany

LP

WB56007(?)

?

 

Warner Brothers (White Label)

Desk, Inside of desk in colour

Germany

LP

WB56007

72

 

Warner Brothers

Desk and Panties, Back cover shows inside of desk

Germany

CD

WEA 927260-2

9/88

 

Warner Brothers

Also sold in France

Germany

Cass

WEA 927260-4

9/88

 

Warner Brothers

Also sold in France

Japan

LP

P-8227W

72

 

Warner Brothers

Desk and Panties, Back cover advertises other artist albums

Japan

LP

P-8227W(?)

?

 

Warner Brothers (Green Label)

Desk and Panties(pink), Songs on Back cover, obi. Inner Sheet

Japan

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (White Label)

Desk and Panties (white), Back cover advertises other artist albums

Japan

CD

WPCP-3490

97

 

Warner Brothers

Forever Young Series reissue

Japan CD   11   Warner Brothers Mini-LP Version

South Africa

LP

BS-2623

72

 

Warner Brothers

Back cover has the photo of band from inside instead of track listing

Israel

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (Dark Green label)

Different Back Cover

Mexico

LP

GX01-562

72

 

White Label Test Pressing

Title: Se Acabo La Escuela
White Cover

Mexico

LP

GX01-562

?

 

Warner Bros (White Label)

Title: Se Acabo La Escuela
Different back cover, Titles in English and Spanish

Mexico LP GX01-562? 1981     Title: Se Acabo La Escuela
Different back cover, Titles in English and Spanish
At least one pressing lists "Blue Turk" on the cover but plays 'Elected'.

New Zealand

LP

WBS 2623

?

 

Warner Brothers (Dark Green label)

Glossy Cover
included a small insert "permit to leave class" signed by Alice Cooper

New Zealand

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (Bone label)

 

New Zealand

LP

WBS2623

72

 

Warner Brothers (palm tree label)

single sleeve with the group photo and quiz on the back cover. Contains the permit to leave room and also the report card.

South Africa

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (Green label)

 

Taiwan

LP

?

?

 

Red First Label

Cover: Thin Cardboard covered in plastic
Alice Cooper in White letters
Black And White back Cover

Taiwan

LP

?

?

 

Yellow Label

Cover: Thin Cardboard covered in plastic
Alice Cooper in White letters
Black And White back Cover

Thailand

LP

?

?

 

Black And Silver SAS Label

Back Cover same as front but Blue/White colour

Venezuela

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros (Green Label)

Yellow Circle printed on front saying "contiene el hit-fin de classe"
English and Spanish titles

The Cover

The album ran into problems due to the inclusion of a pair of paper panties (in pink, white or blue) which were included in initial copies of the LP in place of the usual inner sleeve as apparently they failed to comply with Trade Commission standards. According to 'Billion Dollar Baby', Shep Gordon was well aware of this fact and had in fact gone as far as anonymously calling the customs guards to inform them of the fact in case they had forgotten!

The Hard Rock Cafe in Berlin has the actual school desk that was photographed for the SO album cover. The signatures one the desk engraved by each band member personaly

The Album

The title, 'School's Out', came from an old Bowery Boys movie. In the movie, the rotund one (sorry can't remember his name) says "Hey Satch, school's out." (Satch was the tall goofy one who looks sorttalike Ernest P. Worl). The meaning of the expression, in the movie was"Hey Satch, wise up."

No. Alice doesn't know [which movie it was] either. It is a great trivia question that has bugged me for years. We did a bit of a search for it when doing 'Prime Cuts' as it would have been great to include the actual clip. Then of course, there is always the problem of Alice's vivid imagination which may have entered the picture when first telling the story of the origin of 'School's Out'.
(Renfield, April 1996)

From a private E-mail:

"Well, I believe I just ran across it two weeks ago. The film in question is called "Angels in Disguise", released 25 Sept 1949, it is the 15th film in the Bowery boys series, there were 48 films all together. I almost fell off my couch when I heard it, my quest in life was over, I had found it, was quite giddy at the moment but no one to share it with. The phrase Alice quoted is not quite accurate but does convey the idea of 'wise up'. Here is the setup to the line 'slip' delivered.
The boys are recouping back at their local hangout - Louie's Sweet Shop after dealing with some gangsters(a common theme early in the series). They are sitting in a booth(4 or 5 of them) trying to figure out what next to do in dealing with these gangsters. 'Sach' and 'Whitey' get into exchanging one word lines between them. 'Slip' and 'Sach' are sitting next to each other facing the entrance to Louie's shop. 'Slip' Mahoney notices that the gangsters are just about to walk into the shop to confront them when 'Sach' says "books" in his argument with 'Whitey' 'Slip' says "speaking of books, school is out" in reference to the gangsters coming in and to 'wise up'. So now you know, yes, he said 'school is out' not 'school's out' but close enough.
(Jim Roberts, August 1999)

In 'Alma Mater', Alice sings about both Camelback and Cortez high school`s. This is because although everyone but Neal wanted it to be sung "Cortez" both times. Neal wanted "Camelback" (his alma mater) put in there. Neal went to Camelback, the rest went to Cortez.

When asked about the jazz influence on 'Blue Turk' Dennis Dunaway had the following to say:
"Occasionally the band warmed up for rehearsals with our own brand of beatnik type Jazz. I can't say that Brubeck was an influence, or that I was aware that Ezrin was a fan, but in those days, he was one of the only Jazz players to get airplay on mainstream radio, and his Jazz was the cool kind, which is what we aimed ours to emulate. Glen was on the same wavelength with the session horn players that Ezrin had called in. They were the genuine deal and Glen loved their ability to play by sheer feel, which they all did together when they laid down the solo tracks.
For the AC Billion Dollar Babies album, however, I did write a serious follow-up to "Blue Turk" called "Green Grotto," which I have a cassette with Ainsley Dunbar, Bob Dolan, and myself playing it. It never got recorded in the studio though.
(Dennis Dunaway, April 2007)

Miss Axelrod was (is?) a real teacher the Coop had in school at Cortez High School in Phoenix.

In the song 'Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets' when performed live, Alice makes reference to 'A Clockwork Orange' when he sings "I'm Singing In The Rain"

Yeah-it's pretty evident if you watch the 'AC Trashes The World' video and he's wearing a Clockwork Orange jacket.
(Renfield, March 1996)

"Dick Wagner was another guitarist we brought in -- for 'My Stars' as it happens, which is pretty complex with all those chord changes.
(Bob Ezrin)

On "School's Out", the words "Klaatu barada nikto" occur in background vocals near the end of "My Stars". 'Klaatu barada nikto' are from the Science Fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Alice held a press party to celebrate the British success of 'School's Out' at Chessington Zoo, south of London. The stripper they had booked for the party wasn't very good, so the heavily-chested Stacia, the exotic dancer for 'Hawkwind', decided to takeover.

Sounds - 23rd December 1972:

Alice Cooper had a store all to himself for his Christmas shopping in New York last week.
Alice, with snake, Yvonne and members of his group, had the run of Alexander's Department store in Manhattan one evening for their Christmas shopping. The store's Father Christmas was on hand to assist and , among other things, Alice bought 22 rag dolls, 10 blue meanie dolls, twenty packs of playing cards and fifty-seven albums, all of which were original motion picture soundtracks from old Humphrey Bogart and Bela Lugosi films.
Meanwhile Yvonne curled up on a Monopoly Board so Alice bought the game for her.
Alice also bought a sable fur coat, and played table tennis with an unidentified table-tennis champion called Mr Ping Pong. The winner took the fur coat, and Alice won.
After the shopping spree, it took six people half an hour to load all the presents into an 18 foot long van.

A common question is "why are there only four band members in the photo on the 'School's Out' cover (and the single pic sleeves)." Actually Dennis IS there, in the trash can, but it's very hard to see him in the final pic.

For the 'School's Out' tour Alice changed his makeup design to the now classic 'clown' make up style he is most famous for. When asked why they changed it Dennis Dunaway replied "Simple, it was easier to apply and showed up at a greater distance."

The Tour School's Out (North America) 1972

Setlist
  • Instrumental Intro
  • Public animal # 9
  • Caught in a Dream
  • Under My Wheels
  • Be My Lover
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Is It My Body-My Very Own
  • Halo of Flies
  • Gutter Cat Vs The Jets
  • Street Fight
  • Killer
  • Long Way To Go (replaced with 'Elected' on the European leg of the tour after 17th/18th November.)
  • School's Out