Hollywood Vampires (Hollywood Vampires album)

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Hollywood Vampires
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ReleasedSeptember 11, 2015 (2015-September-11)
Recorded2012–2014 in Los Angeles
Genre
Length48:28
Label
Producer Bob Ezrin
Hollywood Vampires chronology
Hollywood Vampires
(2015)
Rise
(2019)

Hollywood Vampires is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires, formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s. [2] Released on September 11, 2015 for Republic Records, [3] the album features guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Robby Krieger, Orianthi, Dave Grohl, Christopher Lee, Slash, Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Perry Farrell, and Zak Starkey amongst others.

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Content

At his shows, Alice Cooper often performs cover songs as a tribute to his drinking buddies The Hollywood Vampires. For an album of covers based on the latter, Cooper wanted songs specific to their early 70s era. [4] "Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix of course were before the Vampires," he conceded. "But they were, like, early, early-breed Vampires. They would have been there every single night." [5]

The songs duly hail from acts who fit the original group's "lore", [6] with the exception of two new tracks by Cooper and Depp titled "My Dead Drunk Friends" [7] and "Raise the Dead". [3] "My Dead Drunk Friends" is named after Cooper's recent favorite turn of phrase. Of that, Cooper says "'My dead drunk friends', they would have laughed at that. It was their sense of humor." [8]

Of McCartney's appearance, Depp recalled: "We're recording live… Alice looks at me with this befuddled little look and he's mouthing the words, 'Oh my god, that's Paul McCartney!' to me… Then I look over at Joe Perry – one of my guitar heroes from when I was a kid – and he looks at me and he says, mouthing it, 'Jesus – look, man, it's Paul McCartney!' It was great to see those two huge stars being starstruck." [9]

The lead track is a spoken word piece titled "The Last Vampire" voiced by Christopher Lee, in which he recites a passage from Bram Stoker's Dracula . This was Lee's final recording for a musical album before his death in June 2015. [10]

A deluxe digital edition was released on February 12, 2016, and features "I'm a Boy", "Seven and Seven Is" and "As Bad as I Am". [11]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Original Artist(s)Length
1."The Last Vampire"Original recording1:35
2."Raise the Dead"Original recording3:31
3."My Generation" Pete Townshend The Who 2:47
4."Whole Lotta Love" Led Zeppelin 4:13
5."I Got a Line on You" Randy California Spirit 2:48
6."Five to One / Break On Through (To the Other Side)" The Doors 4:17
7."One / Jump into the Fire" Harry Nilsson Harry Nilsson 5:07
8."Come and Get It" Paul McCartney Badfinger 2:59
9."Jeepster" Marc Bolan T. Rex 2:43
10."Cold Turkey" John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 3:07
11."Manic Depression" Jimi Hendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2:43
12."Itchycoo Park" Small Faces 2:55
13."School's Out / Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" Alice Cooper / Pink Floyd 5:14
14."My Dead Drunk Friends"
  • Depp
  • Cooper
  • Ezrin
  • Witkin
  • Henriksen
Original recording4:30

Personnel

Main musicians:

The band:

Studio musicians:

Guest vocalists:

Guest musicians:

Charts

Chart (2015–18)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [12] 34
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [13] 48
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [14] 76
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [15] 34
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [16] 47
French Albums (SNEP) [17] 54
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [18] 59
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [19] 24
UK Albums (OCC) [20] 30
US Billboard 200 [21] 43

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