Hey Stoopid

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Hey Stoopid
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1991
Recorded1990–91
Studio Bearsville Studios, New York
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Length56:05
Label Epic
Producer Peter Collins
Alice Cooper chronology
Trash
(1989)
Hey Stoopid
(1991)
The Last Temptation
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Hey Stoopid is the twelfth solo album by rock singer Alice Cooper, released on July 2, 1991 (see 1991 in music). After his smash 1989 hit album Trash , Cooper attempted to continue his success with his follow-up album, which features guest performances from Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars (both of Mötley Crüe). Hey Stoopid was Cooper's last album to feature bassist Hugh McDonald before he joined Bon Jovi in 1994.

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 numerous props, including 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". Though sometimes also called "The Father of Shock Rock", the former is Cooper's most commonly agreed-upon title. He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

1991 in music Overview of the events of 1991 in music

List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1991.

<i>Trash</i> (Alice Cooper album) 1989 studio album by Alice Cooper

Trash is the eleventh studio album released by Alice Cooper in 1989. The album features the single "Poison", Cooper's first top ten hit since his single "You And Me" in 1977 and marked a great success in Cooper's musical career, reaching the Top 20 of various album charts and selling more than two million copies. Trash is the first Alice Cooper album to feature John McCurry on guitar, Hugh McDonald on bass, and Bobby Chouinard on drums.

Contents

According to Cooper assistant Brian Renfield, an alternate cover was originally considered, described by Renfield as being "hardcore with hypo needles, pills..." Notably, the track "Feed My Frankenstein" features famed guitar duo Steve Vai and Joe Satriani playing together, accompanied by Nikki Sixx on Bass. It is also featured in the 1992 comedy film Wayne's World and on the official soundtrack. In 2014, "Dangerous Tonight" was featured in the video game Watch Dogs .

Feed My Frankenstein Alice Cooper song

"Feed My Frankenstein" is a 1991 song by Alice Cooper on his 19th solo studio album Hey Stoopid, later released as a single in 1992. Its highest chart position as a single was number 27 in the UK, which helped Hey Stoopid to reach a UK number 4 chart position. The song was co-written with Mark Manning, whose band, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, recorded the original version in their 1991 album Hoodlum Thunder.

<i>Waynes World</i> (film) 1992 comedy film by Penelope Spheeris

Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, produced by Lorne Michaels, and written by Mike Myers, and Bonnie and Terry Turner. It stars Myers in his feature film debut as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, a pair of rock fans who broadcast a public-access television show. It also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley, Ed O'Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and Alice Cooper.

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Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Guest Musicians [2] Length
1."Hey Stoopid" Alice Cooper, Vic Pepe, Jack Ponti, Bob Pfeifer Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani 4:33
2."Love's a Loaded Gun"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti 4:11
3."Snakebite"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti, Pfeifer, Lance Bulen, Kelly Keeling  4:33
4."Burning Our Bed"Cooper, Al Pitrelli, Pfeifer, Steve West Joe Satriani4:34
5."Dangerous Tonight"Cooper, Desmond Child  4:41
6."Might as Well Be on Mars"Cooper, Dick Wagner, Child 7:10
7."Feed My Frankenstein"Cooper, Zodiac Mindwarp, Ian Richardson, Nick Coler Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 4:44
8."Hurricane Years"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti, Pfeifer Vinnie Moore 3:58
9."Little by Little"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti, PfeiferJoe Satriani4:35
10."Die for You"Cooper, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Jim Vallance Mick Mars 4:16
11."Dirty Dreams"Cooper, Pfeifer, VallanceVinnie Moore3:29
12."Wind-Up Toy"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti, PfeiferJoe Satriani5:27

Japanese Release Bonus Track

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."It Rained All Night"Cooper, Child3:54

2013 remastered release bonus tracks.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Hey Stoopid (Beba Edit)"Cooper, Pepe, Ponti, Pfeifer3:58
14."Fire" Jimi Hendrix 3:04
15."It Rained All Night"Cooper, Child3:54

Stoopid News

In 1991, alongside the release of the album, a promotional CD entitled 'Stoopid News' (Epic ESK 4161) was released featuring 15 soundbites read by Alice, as follows:

  1. "Rock N' Roll Bat Belts Hits"
  2. "Voodoo Snake Cures Headaches"?
  3. "She-Male Werewolf Captured Alive"
  4. "Buying Goats To Watch 'Em Faint"
  5. "Poop Lady Raking It In"
  6. "Bar Serves Human Blood Cocktails"
  7. "Russian Men Won't Act In Porn"
  8. "Wild Man Raised By Cows"
  9. "Outer Space Blobs Eating Our Planes"
  10. "Man Paid $3000 For Being Stinky"
  11. "Father Shoot At Son Over Monopoly"
  12. "Single Man Collects Dirty Diapers"
  13. "Woman Beats Self Senseless With Own Hand"
  14. "Man Tries To Sell Senseless With Own Hand"
  15. "Hubbies Ghost Made Me Pregnant"

Outtakes

Personnel

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Charts

Album

YearChartPosition
1991 The Billboard 200 47 [3]
UK Albums Chart 4 [4]
Australian Albums Chart15 [5]
Austrian Albums Chart5 [6]
Norwegian Albums Chart36 [7]
Swedish Albums Chart9 [8]
Swiss Albums Chart7 [9]
Hungarian Albums Chart27

Singles

YearSingleChartPosition
1991"Hey Stoopid"Billboard Hot 10078 [10]
Mainstream Rock Tracks13 [10]
UK Singles Chart21
Australian Singles Chart32
Norwegian Singles Chart19 [11]
Dutch Singles Chart22 [12]
Swedish Singles Chart5 [13]
"Love's a Loaded Gun"Mainstream Rock Tracks31 [10]
UK Singles Chart38
"Feed My Frankenstein"UK Singles Chart27

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [14] Platinum100,000^
Sweden (GLF) [15] Gold50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [16] Silver60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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