Throwback Thursday-Alice Cooper-School’s Out

Some songs are timeless. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper stands the test of time and is a celebratory cheer that surpasses generations. Released in 1972, it is now almost 50 years old!

Every year as the final bell rings at school, this song pops in my head. It reminds me of the freedom of youth and the long endless days of boredom, vacations, friends, sunshine, and romance. What promises will your summer bring? Even though I know school isn’t out forever for me, I still think of the summer months as a rejuvenating time to reignite my personal flame.

Wishing you all a productive, exciting, and restful summer! Enjoy.

Alice Cooper-School’s Out

“Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin’ all that noise

Cause they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya

Can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya
That’s a drag

School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces

No more pencils No more books
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes

School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
My school’s been blown to pieces”

Alice Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier, is a singer, songwriter and actor with a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be “The Godfather of Shock Rock”. He always felt that the band needed a gimmick to succeed and incorporated many acts to his live shows with gothic makeup and wild costumes and props.

Cooper shared the inspiration behind, “School’s Out,” “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: “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.'”

With seven band albums from 1969-1973, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 2011. Alice Cooper has a whopping 20 solo albums, and his latest, Paranormal, was released in 2017.

Recognized as one of the most beloved heavy metal entertainers, today Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur, and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show, Nights With Alice Cooper. Touring almost the entirety of 2019 with his latest tour, ‘Ol Black Eyes Is Back, you can catch him when he comes near you, TOUR HERE. At 71, it seems there is no slowing this guy down!

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