Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

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Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1976
StudioSoundstage, Toronto; Record Plant East, New York and RCA Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, hard rock, pop rock
Length43:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1975)
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
(1976)
Lace and Whiskey
(1977)
Professional ratings
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Rolling Stone Mixed [2]

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell is the second solo album by Alice Cooper, released in 1976. A continuation of Welcome to My Nightmare as it continues the story of Steven, this concept album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin. [3]

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and 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 has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

<i>Welcome to My Nightmare</i> 1975 studio album by Alice Cooper

Welcome to My Nightmare is the first solo album by Alice Cooper, released in March 1975. It is Alice Cooper's first solo album, and his only album for the Atlantic Records label. Welcome to My Nightmare is a concept album. Played in sequence, the songs form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. The album inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special, a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome to My Nightmare concert film in 1976. The ensuing tour was one of the most over-the-top excursions of that era. Most of Lou Reed’s band joined Cooper for this record.

Richard Allen "Dick" Wagner was an American rock music guitarist, songwriter and author best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and KISS. He also fronted his own Michigan-based bands, The Frost and The Bossmen.

Contents

With the success of “Only Women Bleed” from his first solo effort, Alice continued with the rock ballads on this album. “I Never Cry” was written about his drinking problem, which would in one year send the performer into rehab and affect all his subsequent music up to and including 1983’s DaDa . [4] Cooper called the song “an alcoholic confession”.

Only Women Bleed original song written and composed by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner

"Only Women Bleed" is a song written by Alice Cooper and Dick Wagner. It is a ballad about a woman in an abusive marriage. The song is often mistakenly presumed to be about menstruation, and that has limited its play on radio and in other public forums. As a single by Cooper, it was released as just "Only Women".

I Never Cry Alice Cooper song

"I Never Cry" is a song by Alice Cooper. It was originally released on his Alice Cooper Goes to Hell album in 1976.

<i>DaDa</i> 1983 studio album by Alice Cooper

DaDa is the eighth solo album by Alice Cooper. It was originally released in September 28, 1983, on the label Warner Bros.. DaDa would be Cooper's last album until his sober re-emergence in 1986 with the album Constrictor. The album's theme is ambiguous, however, ongoing themes in the songs' lyrics suggest that the main character in question, Sonny, suffers from mental illness, resulting in the creation of many different personalities. The album alludes strongly to the dadaist movement. Its cover was based on a painting by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí titled "Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire". Produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin, at the time his first production with Cooper in six years, DaDa was recorded at ESP Studios in Buttonville, Ontario, Canada.

The “Alice Cooper Goes To Hell” tour of 1976 was completely cancelled prior to commencement due to Cooper suffering from anemia at the time. However, “Go to Hell” proved the last song until his big hit “Poison” to become a consistent part of Cooper’s live setlists, being performed on most tours to the present. [5] “I Never Cry” was also regularly performed in the late 1970s and during the 2000s, whilst “Guilty” was performed regularly on the Flush the Fashion and Special Forces tours and occasionally during the 2000s [6] and “Wish You Were Here” frequently played on the tours for the following two albums. [7]

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Poison (Alice Cooper song) original song written and composed by Alice Cooper, Demond Child, John McCurry

"Poison" is a song by American rock musician Alice Cooper. Written by Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, the song was released worldwide as a single in late-1989 from Cooper's eighteenth album, Trash (1989). The song was one of Cooper's biggest hit singles in the United States, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, only being held off the top spot by the dance record, "Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers. "Poison" is one of Alice Cooper's best known songs. It is ranked by Billboard as the "91st top song of 1989", while Ultimate Classic Rock ranked it as the "7th best Alice Cooper song", commenting "Poison sounds like a typical ’80s pop-metal number at times, but Cooper’s intensity brings it to a whole other level."

In 2005 the first track, “Go to Hell”, was featured as the theme song to the sixth episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil titled "Human Sacrifice". The song was also featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned , the 1986 movie The American Way, and the second season Ash vs Evil Dead episode "Last Call".

<i>Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil</i> television series

Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil is an American computer-animated television series aired by the Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. It was created and directed by Loren Bouchard, produced by Williams Street with Loren Bouchard L.L.C. and Fluid Animation. The show starred Melissa Bardin Galsky as Lucy, the daughter of the Devil, who is voiced by H. Jon Benjamin.

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Track listing

All tracks written by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin, except where noted.

Bob Ezrin Canadian music producer and keyboardist

Robert Alan Ezrin is a Canadian music producer and keyboardist, best known for his work with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, and Phish. As of 2010, Ezrin's career in music had spanned four decades and his production work continued into the 21st century, with acts such as Deftones and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Since co-founding interactive media company 7th Level in 1993, Ezrin has branched out into philanthropy and activism, with music also introduced into this realm of his life, underpinning projects such as Music Rising and Young Artists for Haiti. Ezrin is also involved in education, co-founding the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in 2009.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Go to Hell" 5:15
2."You Gotta Dance" 2:45
3."I'm the Coolest" 3:57
4."Didn't We Meet" 4:16
5."I Never Cry"Cooper, Wagner3:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Give the Kid a Break" 4:14
7."Guilty" 3:22
8."Wake Me Gently" 5:03
9."Wish You Were Here" 4:36
10."I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy 2:08
11."Going Home" 3:47

Personnel

Steve Hunter American musician

Stephen John Hunter is an American guitarist, primarily a session player. He has worked with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, acquiring the moniker "The Deacon". Hunter first played with Mitch Ryder's Detroit, beginning a long association with record producer Bob Ezrin who has said Steve Hunter has contributed so much to rock music in general that he truly deserves the designation of "Guitar Hero". Steve Hunter has played some of the greatest riffs in rock history - that first slamming solo that rings in Aerosmith's "Train Kept A Rollin'", the acoustic intro on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and he wrote the legendary intro interlude that made Lou Reed's live version of "Sweet Jane" Reed's first gold record.

Tony Levin American musician

Anthony Frederick Levin is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. He also sings and plays synthesizer. Levin is best known for his work with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. He was also a member of Liquid Tension Experiment, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, ProjeKct One, and ProjeKct Four. He has led his own band, Stick Men.

Allan Schwartzberg is an American musician and record producer. He has been a member of the rock band Mountain, Peter Gabriel's band, toured with Brecker Brothers' Dreams, B.J. Thomas, Linda Rondstadt, Stan Getz band, and the Pat Travers band. He has experienced success as a prolific session musician, through recordings made from the 1970s through today. He has also played on hits such as Gloria Gaynor "Never Can Say Goodbye", considered the first disco record, James Brown's "Funky President", Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle", Tony Orlando & Dawn's Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill", the Spinners' "Workin' My Way Back to You", the Star Wars theme, and Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook series including the hit "What A Wonderful World". He has played with musicians and singers including John Lennon, Diana Ross, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Frank Sinatra, Roxy Music, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer, Grace Slick, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow, Harry Chapin, Barbra Streisand, Deodato, Frankie Valli, Tony Orlando, and Roger Daltrey. He was also a frequent musician guest with Paul Shaffer's David Letterman Show band.

Additional personnel

Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1976 Pop Albums 27
1976 UK Album Charts 23 [8]

Singles – Billboard (United States)

YearSingleChartPosition
1977"I Never Cry"Pop Singles12

Cover versions

“Go to Hell” was covered by Dee Snider, Zakk Wylde, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali and Paul Taylor on the 1999 tribute album Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper.

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References

  1. AllMusic
  2. Rolling Stone Archived June 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (CD Booklet). Alice Cooper. 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Inc. 1976. p. 12. 2896-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ‘Hanging with Mr. Cooper’; Phoenix New Times , June 20, 1996
  5. ‘Go to Hell’ live performance data
  6. ‘Guilty’ liver performance data
  7. ‘Wish You Were Here’ live performance data
  8. Alice Cooper – UK Album Charts