ALICE COOPER “Hey Stoopid” /CD/



The 19th full-length album by the legendary American Shock Rock/Hard Rock/Glam Metal singer.
The 80’s had been a bad time for Alice Cooper. Nondescript albums and failed attempts at flirting with other musical tendencies had left the Shock King dangerously close to losing most of the fanbase he had garnered in the 70s. Even the perfectly decent albums, like 1985’s "Constrictor", failed to convince or impress the fans, who longed for the halcyon days of "Killer". A comeback of sorts was made with 1988’s "Trash", an album that showed Alice revitalized and updated for the new decade, and flirting with the “in” sounds of the late 80’s, namely Glam Rock. In view of that album’s acceptance and success, the exact same template was used for "Trash"’s follow-up, 1990’s "Hey Stoopid". The results were, again, above average, even if this album is not as highly regarded as its predecessor.
For "Hey Stoopid", Alice takes his cues from what was still popular at the time: the vibrant, gushy, shiny Hard Rock of bands like Poison, Warrant or Firehouse. It comes as no surprise, then, that "Burning Our Bed" comes across as something Guns’n’Roses may have written at the time, or that the overall sound relies heavily on the huge crunchy riffs, sweeping keyboards and shouty backing vocals of Glam Rock, while endowing them with an extra dosage of class.
 It was produced by Peter Collins, famed for his work with Rush and Queensyrche, among many others. The album featured three hit singles: the title track, “Love’s A Loaded Gun” and “Feed My Frankenstein” (the latter was performed in the 1992 comedy movie Wayne’s World, in which Alice also starred).
Experienced artist and master songwriter that he is, Alice surrounds himself with the cream of the Hard Rock crop this time around. His “regular” band is comprised of guitarist Stef Burns, bassist Hugh McDonald, drummer Mickey Curry and keyboardists Robert Bailey and John Webster. However, the album is absolutely littered with guest appearances, including: Slash, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore and Steve Vai, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars (who co-wrote “Die For You”), plus Ozzy Osbourne providing backing vocals on the album’s title track. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, provided the spoken word part on “Feed My Frankenstein”, a song co-written by Zodiac Mindwarp.
"Hey Stoopid" is heavily recommended to not only Alice fans, but Hard Rockers in general. This strong set of songs definitely deserves to be remembered for more than its clownish, cartoonish artwork and a stint on a one-time blockbuster comedy. So go out, get it! Just don’t let it die. It doesn’t deserve to!!
Cover includes Alice Cooper poster!
Epic Records, 1991 (EPC 468416 2). Made in Austria.


Tracklist:
1. Hey Stoopid     4:34 
2. Love's A Loaded Gun     4:11 
3. Snakebite     4:33 
4. Burning Our Bed     4:34 
5. Dangerous Tonight     4:41 
6. Might As Well Be On Mars     7:09 
7. Feed My Frankenstein     4:44 
8. Hurricane Years     3:58 
9. Little By Little     4:35 
10. Die For You     4:16 
11. Dirty Dreams     3:29 
12. Wind-Up Toy     5:27
Total playing time: 56:11

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