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Shriek of the Week: Alice Cooper, “School’s Out”

June 20, 2014

For all my younger readers out there, can there be any more appropriate Shriek of this Week than “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper? In addition to the purely liberating sound of this song – a true classic even for non-classic rock or metal fans, for anyone who has ever gone to school (i.e. everyone) – the album of the same is a classic piece of art as well. The sleeve is made to look like a school desk and opened up like one, and very early pressings had the record inside wrapped in a pair of girl’s panties. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Cooper once said this about writing this song:

If you can capture the two happiest moments in a year, what would they be? Christmas morning, when you’re getting ready to open all the presents, because of the anticipation, and the last day of school,” he says. “I said if you can capture on the last day of school the last three minutes while that clock is … 2:57, 2:58, 2:59, 3 o’clock and school is out for three months. If you can get those three minutes on tape and write a song about it you’ll have a hit record, and that’s basically what we did.

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For those of you who got to enjoy that moment sometime in the past week … Shriek!

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