Promotional Films/Videos

The Following is a list of Alice Cooper Promotional videos.

  • 1972 - 'School's Out' promotional clip with live audio.
    The promotional video for 'School's Out' consists of audience footage from NYC, Miami and Hollywood Bowl; soundcheck footage from Hollywood Bowl; and band footage from NYC, Miami and Hollywood Bowl. The video was only made so that UK show 'Top Of The Pops' didn't have to show the same performance footage a third time when the single was #1. The footage often used as a video for the song is actually the band's performance in 'Top Of The Pops' and not the promotional film.

  • 1972 - 'Elected'
    The thing that stands out about the 'Elected' video is that there was no performance or lip-synching which was very unusual. It also was possibly the first video that had a story line. And, the most subtle yet significant thing, was the editing. The editing was done in a quick, choppy fashion which ultimately came to be what MTV was most cited for. After people noticed MTV was a force to be reckoned with, commercials and TV shows (Miami Vice) started to pattern themselves to look like MTV with this editing style. (Renfield, September 1995)
    There are two very slightly different versions of the video, one which has the world war two clips cut out.

  • 1973 - 'Hello Hooray'
    This is one of the least seen promotion clips. There in fact two versions, one has the single edit and the other has the album edit, which is longer. The example here is actually the short version, with a section of the longer version spliced in.

  • 1973 - 'No More Mr. Nice Guy'
    I have to admit I'm not convinced the example you can see here is the real video. The addition of the photographs etc make it look like it's been faked to match the length of the album version. It could be that the footage seen at the start was the original video and that the album sound has been dubbed over and the visuals padded out. If any one wants to clear this up let me know.

  • 1973 - 'Teenage Lament '74'
    This was another very rare film until more recent years. It's a great clip, but sadly hasn't been included on any official release.

  • 1975 - 'Department Of Youth'
    There are TWO promotional films for this song. The first is the most common, and taken from the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' live film. The second is much more interesting, but very rarely seen. It features the 'Nightmare' band performing on the full stage set, and begins with Alice, Shep and possibly Joe Gannon(?) talking about the show before, deciding to rehearse the song. During the performance Alice opens the towers either side of the stage and young kids come out to start singing the backing vocals, eventually chasing Alice off stage at the end. The clip has also been seen without the introduction.

  • 1977 - 'You And Me'
    This is a great promo, if you like this period of Alice, as it shows him as Maurice Escargot the private detective.

  • 1977 - '(No More) Love At Your Convenience'
    Shot at the same time as the previous clip, on the same set this again shows Alice as Escargot, and features Sheryl Cooper.

  • 1978 - 'How You Gonna See Me Now?'
    Cool clip with Alice and Sheryl acting out the song, as Alice is released from hospital and returns home to his wife.

  • 1985 - 'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)'
    This clip features clips from the 'Friday the 13th film with Alice interacting with the footage.

  • 1987 - 'Teenage Frankenstein'
    This is simply an edited clip from the 'Nightmare Returns' concert film.

  • 1987 - 'Freedom'
    Simple live footage shot during a rehearsal.

  • 1988 - 'I Got A Line On You'
    Released to promote the 'Iron Eagle II' film it was virtually never seen. However it did turn up on a VHS tape called 'Hard and Heavy', a video magazine which lasted a year or so.

  • 1989 - 'Poison' (Censored and Uncensored Versions)
    "If you are going to include two listings for "Poison", the extra one being the "Uncensored" version which includes some topless shots - then I guess you might have to include the third edit of the video which was the one actually shown on MTV which didn't have some of the "bondage" shots the home video version has. The MTV one has a few replacement shots in it. (Renfield, July 1995)
    The drummer in the 'Poison' video is actually a guy called Anthony who just happened to look like Eric Singer.

  • 1989 - 'Bed Of Nails'

  • 1989 - 'House Of Fire'

  • 1990 - 'Only My Heart Talkin''
    While Steven Tyler isn't in the video in person, The car taking the girl away has the number late "Steven", obviously a reference to Tyler who sings on the song, but also could be seen as a small reference to 'Steven' from the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' album.

  • 1991 - 'Hey Stoopid'
    A very 1990s MTV style video, with an introduction clearly influenced by Twisted Sister's hugely successful "mini-film' comedy videos. If you watch carefully you can see Ozzy Osbourne singing in one of the TV sets, and a very brief shot of Joe Satriani as well. Strangely there's no sign of Slash, who played the solo, with Stef Burns miming to Slash's leads instead. The arm coming out of the TV is actually Brian "Renfield" Nelson.

  • 1991 - 'Love's A Loaded Gun'

  • 1992 - 'Feed My Frankenstein'
    Released to coincide with it's appearance in 'Waynes World' the promo features clips from the film.

  • 1994 - 'Lost In America'

  • 1994 - 'It's Me'
    This is a pretty cool clip, with Alice briefly appearing as 'The Showman', although sadly was received very little airplay.

  • 2000 - 'Gimme'
    Another clip with two different versions, the difference being the last shot, where in one version the boy bands heads explode, and the the other they don't.

  • 2001 - 'It's The Little Things'
    This is made up of clips from 'Brutally Live'. Unless anyone knows differently this video seems to have only shown up on the 2CD tour edition of 'Brutal Planet'. The video on the disc was very low resolution.

  • 2005 - 'Mankind'
    Recorded to promote the film 'Bloodrayne', even though the song isn't in the final film! It turned up on Alice's then record company East/West's website for a few weeks before disappearing forever.

  • 2008 - 'Vengeance Is Mine'
    This is the promotional film that promised so much more then the album eventually delivered. A ten minute mini-movie featuring Slash and all sorts of references to Cooper lore, it was put together by Piggy D and is brilliant. Just a shame the album didn't live up to the promise.

  • 2011 - 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'
    Cut together from clips of the Download festival show and the club show at the 100 Club with Johnny Depp.

  • 2018 - 'The Sound Of A'

  • 2020 - 'Don't Give Up'
    Video made up of images sent in by fans to illustrate the lyrics to the song, which was released during the 2020 Coronovirus lockdown. Also features then then current band, seen playing the song in lockdown.

Clones (We're All)

There are two commonly seen "videos" for 'Clones (We're All)', and neither are really promotional films. The first is from an appearance filmed for the TV show 'Pink Lady And Jeff', and the second, shot in a junk yard, is from the French TV special recorded in 1981 for the 'Special Forces' tour. There was no proper promo filmed for the song.

Be Chrool To Your Scuel - Twisted Sister

In 1985 Alice recorded with metal band Twisted Sister on a track called 'Be Chrool To You Scuel' and also made an appearance in the video for the song. The video was released on a VHS compilation of Twisted Sister videos called 'Come Out And Play'.