Freedom (Alice Cooper song)

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Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Raise Your Fist and Yell
B-side "Time to Kill"
Released 1987 (US)
April 1988 (UK)
Recorded 1987
Genre Heavy metal
Length4:09
Label MCA Records
Songwriter(s) Alice Cooper, Kane Roberts
Producer(s) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Teenage Frankenstein"
(1987)
""Freedom""
(1987)
"Poison"
(1989)

"Teenage Frankenstein"
(1987)
"Freedom"
(1987)
"Poison"
(1989)

"Freedom" is a 1987 single by rock singer Alice Cooper, taken from his seventeenth solo studio album, Raise Your Fist and Yell . It was written by Alice Cooper and Kane Roberts.

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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 fifty 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>Raise Your Fist and Yell</i> album by Alice Cooper

Raise Your Fist and Yell is the seventeenth studio album by rock musician Alice Cooper released on September 5th 1987. It features the track “Prince of Darkness”, which is featured very briefly in the John Carpenter film of the same name, in which Cooper has a cameo as a murderous vagrant. The song can be heard on the Walkman of one of his victims. A music video was made for the song “Freedom”, which also became the album's sole single. Raise Your Fist and Yell is the only Alice Cooper album to feature Ken K. Mary on drums and the last to feature Kip Winger on bass.

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The song was the only single released from Raise Your Fist and Yell. It did not chart in the US when released in late 1987; however, it reached #50 on the UK charts in early 1988. The single's B-side in both countries was the album track "Time to Kill".

It was Cooper's last single to be released by MCA Inc. until 1992 when Geffen Records (bought by MCA in 1990) released the Guns N' Roses song "The Garden" from Use Your Illusion I as a single, Cooper being a guest on that track.

MCA Inc. was an American media company founded in 1924. Originally involved only in the music business, the company next became a major force in the film industry, and later expanded into television production. MCA published music, booked acts, ran a record company, represented film, television, and radio stars, and eventually produced and sold television programs to the three major television networks, but had an especially good relationship with NBC.

Geffen Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M Records imprint.

Guns N Roses American hard rock band formed in 1985

Guns N' Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single.

Personnel

Kane Roberts is an American heavy metal guitarist best known for his tenure in Alice Cooper's band from 1985 to 1988. Additionally, he has performed as a solo act, and his cover of the unreleased Bon Jovi song "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore" cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also played a memorable cameo role as a forklift driver in Wes Craven's Shocker.

Kip Winger American musician

Charles Frederick Kip Winger is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist. He initially gained notability as a member of Alice Cooper's band, contributing bass and vocals to his Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums.

Paul Taylor, formerly credited as Paul Horowitz, is an American musician, who is best known as the keyboardist/guitarist with the late 1980s and early 1990s rock band, Winger. Although he is perhaps most frequently associated with Winger, Taylor has also played with numerous other prominent musicians, including future Sammy Hagar and Boston guitarist Gary Pihl, Eric Martin, Aldo Nova, Steve Perry of Journey, Alice Cooper and Tommy Shaw.

Chart positions

YearChartPosition
1988 UK Singles Chart 50

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