ALICE COOPER “Zipper Catches Skin” /Ltd. LP/

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First re-release of the fourteenth full-length studio album by legendary American New Wave/Pop Punk Rock singer.
The third in a run of four experimental albums issued by Cooper in the period. Co-produced by Cooper and his bassist at the time, Erik Scott, "Zipper Catches Skin" is musically known for its dry and energetic Hard Rock style, with Pop Punk and Post-Punk influences and less emphasis on hard riffs, carrying on a similar musical direction of the preceding "Special Forces" with sonically slicker and clearer results.
Cooper blended New Wave and Pop Rock music into his Hard Rock style in an attempt to keep up with changing musical trends. By 1982, Alice Cooper's brand of Shock Rock had been shoved out of the Pop-chart spotlight by new trends like Punk and New Wave. To counteract this decline in popularity, Cooper worked elements of these sounds into his style and also played up the satirical/comedic angle to his music. Cooper was still struggling with alcohol during these sessions, and that may have something to do with the lack of focus in the overall sound. Dick Wagner, who left halfway through the recording sessions, revealed in a segment of the Deleted Scenes on the 2014 documentary film "Super Duper Alice Cooper" that Alice was smoking crack cocaine at the time and had a curtain set up behind the recording mic with a stool on it where he kept his crack pipe. He and other members of the band would sneak behind the curtain to take hits in between recording takes. "Zipper Catches Skin" is the second of three albums, which Cooper refers to as his “blackout” albums. The others being the preceding album, "Special Forces", and the following album, "DaDa", as he has no recollection of recording them, due to the substance abuse, although he did manage to film a TV advert intended to promote "Zipper Catches Skin" at the time. Cooper stated “I wrote them, recorded them and toured them and I don’t remember much of any of that”, though he actually toured only "Special Forces". There was no tour to promote "Zipper Catches Skin", and none of its songs has ever been played live.
Lyrically, Cooper employed a much stronger focus on comical sarcasm and on avoiding using clichéd subject matter. Erik Scott has stated the album “was meant to be lean, stripped down, and low on frills. Punkish and bratty”.
Despite its first single “I Am the Future” being featured in the film "Class Of 1984" as its theme song, and The Waitresses’ Patty Donahue appearing on its other single “I Like Girls”, "Zipper Catches Skin" failed to chart in most countries, including in the US, where it became Cooper's first album to not dent the Billboard Top 200 since "Easy Action". In any case, "Zipper Catches Skin" contains enough solid tracks to make it a worthwhile listen for hardcore Alice Cooper fans!
Limited Edition Clear/Black Swirl Vinyl.
Warner Bros. Records Inc./Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company, 1982/2018 (603497860746). Made in EU.


Tracklist:

Side One
1. Zorro's Ascent 3:54
2. Make That Money (Scrooge's Song) 3:30
3. I Am The Future 3:29
4. No Baloney Homosapiens 5:07

Side Two
1. Adaptable (Anything For You) 2:54
2. I Like Girls 2:25
3. Remarkably Insincere 2:04
4. Tag, You're It 2:51
5. I Better Be Good 2:48
6. I'm Alive (That Was The Day My Dead Returned To Save My Live) 3:14

Total playing time: 32:16 min.


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