Along Came a Spider (album)

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Along Came A Spider
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 29, 2008
Recorded2007 – 2008
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal [1]
Label Steamhammer
Producer Greg Hampton, Danny Saber
Alice Cooper chronology
Live at Montreux 2005
Along Came A Spider
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
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Along Came a Spider is the eighteenth solo album by singer-songwriter Alice Cooper, released on July 2008 by Steamhammer/SPV. A hard rock/heavy metal concept album, it chronicles the activities of a psychopathic serial killer known as 'Spider' and the eventual undoing of his plans. [1] [4] A commercial success, it ended up becoming Cooper's highest-charting studio effort in the United States since Hey Stoopid (1991).

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

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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.

SPV GmbH German music label

SPV GmbH is an independent German record label.


Background and release

The story-line for the concept album was first revealed on Cooper's radio show Nights with Alice Cooper . The theme of the album revolves around a "cool, calm and collected" [5] serial killer known as 'Spider'. The police are baffled by the bodies of Spider's victims, which are cocooned in a silk web, and are each missing a leg. Spider's task is to collect eight legs in order to complete the construction of his own spider. However, things get complicated when he falls in love with his eighth victim. At the end of the album an internal voice is heard telling 'Spider' that 'We've been locked away here for twenty five years Steven, we couldn't have done all those horrible things' thus revealing Spider as the character Steven from Welcome To My Nightmare .

Concept album album with a theme

A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.

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A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. Different authorities apply different criteria when designating serial killers. For example, while most authorities set a threshold of three murders, others extend it to four or lessen it to two. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial killing as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone".

Along Came a Spider was due for a 2007 release but problems with producer scheduling and tour commitments caused it to be pushed to mid-2008. Several demos and songs were prepared and short-listed during 2007 with further sessions for recording and writing taking place in February 2008. 75% of the album had been completed as of April 18, 2008. [6] Cooper also planned to create a second part to the album, entitled 'The Night Shift,' but decided to make Welcome 2 My Nightmare instead. [7]

<i>Welcome 2 My Nightmare</i> 2011 studio album by Alice Cooper

Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the nineteenth solo album by Alice Cooper, released in September 2011. Peaking at No. 22 in the Billboard 200 it is Cooper's highest-charting album in the US since 1989's Trash. The album is a sequel to his 1975 album Welcome to My Nightmare.


The release has earned mixed to positive reviews from various publications. For example, music critic David Jeffries of Allmusic stated that, even though Cooper had produced better concept albums before, in Along Came a Spider the artist "fills his lyrics with clever and gruesome wordplay". [1] A review from praised the release as "yet another example of an album made by an elder rock icon that manages to sound fresh and relevant". [4] is a website dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock news, as well as album and music DVD reviews. was founded and is run by Borivoj Krgin. The first version of the website was launched in March 2001; in October 2001, the record label Roadrunner Records began hosting it.

Track listing

1."Prologue / I Know Where You Live" Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton 4:21
2."Vengeance Is Mine" (feat. Slash)Cooper, Saber, Hampton4:26
3."Wake the Dead" (feat. Ozzy Osbourne)Cooper, Saber, Ozzy Osbourne 3:53
4."Catch Me If You Can"Cooper, Saber, Hampton3:15
5."(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side"Cooper, Chuck Garric, Keri Kelli, Damon Johnson 3:16
6."Wrapped in Silk"Cooper, Saber, Hampton4:17
7."Killed by Love"Cooper, Garric, Kelli, James Bacchi3:34
8."I'm Hungry"Cooper, Saber, Hampton3:58
9."The One That Got Away"Cooper, Kelli, Jani Lane 3:21
10."Salvation"Cooper, Saber, Hampton, Bernard Fowler 4:36
11."I Am the Spider / Epilogue"Cooper, Saber, Hampton5:21
2010 Re-release / iTunes bonus tracks
12."Shadow of Yourself"Cooper, Saber, Hampton3:29
13."I'll Still Be There"Cooper, Saber, Hampton3:50
14."Salvation" (Unplugged with string section)Cooper, Saber, Hampton, Fowler4:46
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Music video

Unlike Dragontown , The Eyes of Alice Cooper , and Dirty Diamonds , a music video was created to promote Along Came a Spider. Released on October 2, 2008, and directed by Rob Zombie bassist, Piggy D and Gabrielle Geiselman, the 10-minute-long music video stars Alice Cooper, Slash, Hazmat, Roxxi Dott, Howie Pyro, Dave Pino, Eric Singer and Peter Derek. It features a medley of three songs from the album: "Vengeance Is Mine", "(In Touch With Your) Feminine Side", and "Killed By Love".

<i>Dragontown</i> 2001 studio album by Alice Cooper

Dragontown is the fifteenth solo album by Alice Cooper. It was released in 2001 on Spitfire Records. Like Brutal Planet, the album displays a heavier metal style than many of his previous releases. It peaked on Billboard's "Top Independent Albums" Chart at #12, and the Billboard 200 at #197, his lowest album chart performance since 1983’s DaDa, which did not chart at all.

<i>The Eyes of Alice Cooper</i> 2003 studio album by Alice Cooper

The Eyes of Alice Cooper, released in 2003, is the sixteenth solo album by Alice Cooper. With this album, Cooper returned to his earlier hard rock sound, in the vein of The Last Temptation, and left the heavy industrial metal sound found in his last two studio albums. Of note is the album cover, which was released in four different versions, featuring alternate colours in Cooper's eyes and the crescent around the 'A' in the title. It was available in blue, green, purple and red.

<i>Dirty Diamonds</i> 2005 studio album by Alice Cooper

Dirty Diamonds is the seventeenth solo studio album by Alice Cooper, released on July 4, 2005 internationally, and August 2 in the US.


Guest musicians


Chart (2008)Peak
US Billboard 200 [8] 53
Austrian Albums Chart [9] 37
Dutch Albums Chart [10] 76
Canadian Albums Chart [8] 19
Finnish Albums Chart [11] 31
French Albums Chart [12] 101
German Albums Chart [13] 26
Norwegian Albums Chart [14] 33
Swedish Albums Chart [15] 25
Swiss Albums Chart [16] 37
UK Albums Chart [17] 31

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