Halo of Flies (song)

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"Halo of Flies"
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Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Killer
B-side "Under My Wheels"
Released 1973
Genre
Length8:21
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Billion Dollar Babies"
(1973)
"Halo of Flies"
(1973)
"Teenage Lament '74"
(1973)

"Halo of Flies" is a 1973 single by rock band Alice Cooper taken from their 1971 album Killer . The single was only released in the Netherlands, two years after the song appeared on the album. The song was, according to Cooper's liner notes in the compilation The Definitive Alice Cooper, an attempt by the band to prove that they could perform King Crimson-like progressive rock suites, and was supposedly about a spy organization.

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Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

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<i>Killer</i> (Alice Cooper album) 1971 studio album by Alice Cooper

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Upon its 1973 single release, the song became a top 10 hit in the Netherlands and also charted in neighboring Belgium. The single release featured the B-side "Under My Wheels", also a song of the Killer album, which had already been released as a single two years prior.

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Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 square kilometres (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.

Under My Wheels” is a rock song by Alice Cooper. It was originally released on the group’s Killer album in 1971, and was also that album's first single release. The song was written by Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Bob Ezrin.

The noise rock band Halo of Flies named themselves after this song. Jello Biafra and The Melvins covered the song on their release Sieg Howdy! , while Haunted Garage covered it for the 1993 Cooper tribute Welcome to Our Nightmare. The song was also used in the VR experience Dreams of Dali.

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Halo of Flies rock band

Halo of Flies was an American noise rock band from Minneapolis. Named after an Alice Cooper song from Killer, Halo of Flies was formed in 1986 by Tom Hazelmyer, John Anglim and Tim Mac. Over the next 5 years they released a series of 7 inch singles and mini LPs starting with a limited edition, hand numbered single called “Rubber Room”. These singles were released on Hazelmyer’s label Amphetamine Reptile Records and were later compiled on a CD in 1991. The band partially reformed in 2007 under the name H•O•F, and continued to release new material.

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Track listing

  1. "Halo of Flies" (Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith) - 8:22
  2. "Under My Wheels" (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin) - 2:51

Personnel

Glen Buxton musician and guitarist from United States

Glen Edward Buxton was an American musician and composer, best known as lead guitarist for the original Alice Cooper group. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Buxton number 90 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. In 2011, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the original Alice Cooper group.

Dennis Dunaway is an American musician, best known as the original bass guitarist for Alice Cooper . He co-wrote some of the band's most notable songs, including "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out".

Neal Smith is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock group Alice Cooper from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group's early albums Pretties for You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the "Performer" category, as a member of the original Alice Cooper band.

Charts

YearChartPeak Chart Position
1973Dutch Singles Chart5
1973 Belgian (Flemish) Singles Chart 15

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