Department of Youth (song)

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"Department of Youth"
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Welcome to My Nightmare
B-side "Some Folks"
Released March 1975
Genre Hard rock
Length3:18
Label Atlantic Records 3280
Songwriter(s) Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Bob Ezrin
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Only Women Bleed"
(1975)
"Department of Youth"
(1975)
"Welcome to My Nightmare"
(1975)
"Only Women Bleed"
(1975)
"Department of Youth"
(1975)
"Welcome to My Nightmare"
(1975)

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References

  1. Greg Prato. "Welcome to My Nightmare - Alice Cooper | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  2. "Porn Stars - Pretty Boy Floyd | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 1999-08-10. Retrieved 2016-10-10.