School's Out (album)

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School's Out
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ReleasedJune 1972
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies
Singles from School's Out
  1. "School's Out"
    Released: May 1972

School's Out is the fifth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released in 1972. Following on from the success of Killer, School's Out reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart, holding the top position for four weeks. [1] The single "School's Out" reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart [2] and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The album achieved sales of over 50,000 copies in Australia, being eligible for the award of a Gold Disc. [3]


The album's title track receives regular airplay on many "Classic Rock" radio stations and has remained a staple song in Alice Cooper's live setlist, standing as the most-performed song in his concert history. [4] Nonetheless, excluding Muscle of Love, School's Out is the least represented of his 1971 to 1975 albums in Cooper's concert setlists owing to its highly conceptual nature. [5] "Blue Turk", "Alma Mater" and "Grand Finale" have never been performed live, and "Luney Tune" only once at a 2009 special in Glendale, Arizona with tribute band “Halo of Flies”. [6] In addition, "My Stars" hadn't been performed since the ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ tour until the U.S. leg of the "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour in mid 2019.' [7]


The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) [8] had the sleeve opening in the manner of a wooden school desk, similar to Thinks: School Stinks , by Hotlegs, released two years earlier. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties, [9] though this was later discontinued as the paper panties were found to be flammable. [10] The actual desk photographed for the album cover is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [11]
Christgau's Record Guide B– [12]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [13]

Ian Chapman has put forward a theory that it was a concept album about youth lost when leaving school. [14]

Track listing

Side one
1."School's Out" Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith 3:30
2."Luney Tune"Cooper, Dunaway3:44
3."Gutter Cat vs. the Jets"Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim 4:40
4."Street Fight" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith0:55
5."Blue Turk"Cooper, Bruce5:34
Side two
1."My Stars"Cooper, Bob Ezrin 5:49
2."Public Animal #9"Cooper, Bruce3:55
3."Alma Mater"Smith4:27
4."Grande Finale" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Bob Ezrin, Smith, Mack David, Elmer Bernstein 4:26


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