Legendary Michigan Songs
30.) School's Out - Alice Cooper
- Artist Name: Alice Cooper
- Year Inducted: 2009
- Category: Legendary Songs
"School's Out" (A. Cooper, M. Bruce, G. Buxton, D. Dunaway, N. Smith) - Alice Cooper; Warner label, # 7 Billboard Hot 100 - 1972. Inducted in 2009.
"The two most intense and joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. The few minutes waiting for that final school bell to ring are so intense that when it happens, it's almost orgasmic. I think we captured that feeling with this anthem, it was certainly our signature song." That was Alice Cooper describing his band's biggest hit. "School's Out" was also the title cut of the band's third album with producer Bob Ezrin, and the first to employ a concept that loosely united its eight songs.
"School's Out" deals with teenage defiance by combining great guitar riffs with some amusing puns; "We've got no class, and we've got no principles", and ending the stanza with, "We can't even think of a word that rhymes".
The album cover of "School's Out" depicts a wooden desk cover with either the band members' names or their initials carved on it. The "desk" opens to find a slingshot, marbles, a pocket knife, a comic book, various school supplies, and the album credits in the form of a written test. "School's Out" was also the first Alice Cooper record to feature fellow Michigan legend Dick Wagner on guitar.
- YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBqiC5ox8Bw