School's Out (song)

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"School's Out"
Alice Cooper School's out 45.jpg
Cover of the 1972 US single
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album School's Out
B-side "Gutter Cat"
ReleasedApril 26, 1972 (1972-04-26)
Recorded1972
Genre
Length3:29
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Be My Lover"
(1972)
"School's Out"
(1972)
"Elected"
(1972)
Alternative cover
School's Out - Alice Cooper.jpg
Cover of the 1972 German single

"School's Out" is a song first recorded as the title track of Alice Cooper's fifth album. It was released as the album's second single on April 26, 1972. It has been regarded as the band's signature song [1] and reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Inspiration and writing

Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, "What's the greatest three minutes of your life?". Cooper said: "There's two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you're just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you're sitting there and it's like a slow fuse burning. I said, 'If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it's going to be so big.'"

Cooper has also said it was inspired by a line from a Bowery Boys movie. On his radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper , he joked that the main riff of the song was inspired by a song by Miles Davis. [2] Cooper said that guitarist Glen Buxton created the song's opening riff.

The lyrics of "School's Out" indicate that not only is the school year ended for summer vacation, but ended forever, and that the school itself has been literally blown up. It incorporates the childhood rhyme, "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks" into its lyrics. It also featured children contributing some of the vocals. "Innocence" in the lyric " ... and we got no innocence" is frequently changed in concert to "intelligence" and sometimes replaced with "etiquette." The song appropriately ends with a school bell sound that fades out.

Later performances saw Alice Cooper incorporate parts of the first verse of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", a song by Pink Floyd (also about school, and produced by Bob Ezrin) into "School's Out".

Release and reception

"School's Out" became Alice Cooper's first major hit single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and propelling the album to #2 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart. It was the highest-charting single for the Alice Cooper band, and its #7 peak position was matched only by "Poison" among Cooper's solo efforts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 75 song for 1972. [3] In Canada, the single went to #3 on the RPM Top Singles Chart [4] following the album reaching #1. [5] In Britain, the song went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August 1972. It also marked the first time that Alice Cooper became regarded as more than just a theatrical novelty act.

The single version of the song is a slightly sped-up narrow stereo remix of the album version with one major difference—the "turn-off" effect used upon the school bell and sound effects at the end of the album version is not used on the single version, allowing the school bell and effects to simply fade out.

Some radio stations banned the song from their airwaves, stating that the song gave the students an impression of rebelliousness against childhood education. Teachers, parents, principals, counselors, and psychologists also shunned the song and demanded several radio stations ban the song from ever being played on the air.

"School's Out" was ranked #326 on Rolling Stone 's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. [6] In 2009 it was named the 35th best hard rock song of all time by VH1 [7] and the song appeared on the TV show American Idol in 2010. The Guardian placed it as number 3 on its list of "The 20 best glam-rock songs of all time." [8] In 2018, Ian Chapman and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have called it a "glam rock anthem." [9] [10] Nick Talevski has called it a "hard rock anthem" on his book Rock Obituaries: Knocking On Heaven's Door. [11] The Independent named the song at tenth in the list "Gold Dust: Glam rock's top 10 singles." [12]

The song has been used in various movies including Scream , Dazed and Confused , Rock 'n' Roll High School , and I Love You, Beth Cooper .

In 2004, the song was also used in a Staples television commercial for the back to school retail period in which Cooper appeared as himself. [13]

Personnel

Cover versions

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band March 1976 School's Out Mighty Band 1983 School's Out 45 Grave 1984 School's Out Toyah May 13, 1985 School's Out Grave Digger 1985 Unverified School's Out Kirka 1986

  School's Out Krokus 1986 

School's Out Alien Sex Fiend 1986 School's Out Annabella 1986 School's Out Attila 1986 Unverified School's Out Bl'ast! [US] 1987 School's Out Rave Elements March 21, 1993 School's Out Reverb Motherfuckers 1993 School's Out The Last Hard Men December 1996 School's Out Hello [GB] 1996

  School's Out Soul Asylum December 8, 1998 

School's Out Block Busters 1998 School's Out The Donnas 1998 School's Out Dave Mustaine January 1999 School's Out Sevendust 1999 School's Out A Group 2000 School's Out Daphne and Celeste 2000 School's Out Donots September 30, 2002 School's Out A*Teens feat. Alice Cooper 2002 School's Out Michael Bruce September 16, 2005 School's Out Brisk 2005 School's Out Gwar August 29, 2006 School's Out Avid All Stars October 2, 2007 School's Out ESP 2007 School's Out Hellsongs August 27, 2010 School's Out Well of Souls December 21, 2010 School's Out Shawn Mars December 21, 2010

  School's Out Debauchery March 25, 2011 

School's Out Glee Cast May 14, 2012 School's Out Hellsongs with Members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra 2012 School's Out The Kingfishers (Open Records Studio Artists) August 8, 2014 School's Out - Another Brick in the Wa… Hollywood Vampires September 11, 2015 School's Out Joel Hoakstra, Derrick LeFevre, Richard Kendrick, Curtis E. Phlush September 23, 2016 School's Out Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith June 30, 2017 School's Out Blitzkrieg April 27, 2018

  School's Out Renaud Hantson's Furious Zoo October 19, 2018 

Daphne and Celeste version

"School's Out"
Single by Daphne and Celeste
from the album We Didn't Say That!
ReleasedAugust 21, 2000 (US)
Recorded1999
Length3:23
Label Phantom Sound/Visi
Songwriter(s)
Daphne and Celeste singles chronology
"U.G.L.Y."
(2000)
"School's Out"
(2000)
"You & I Alone"
(2015)

Pop duo Daphne and Celeste released a cover of the song in 2000, although much of this cover is original, in a pop-rap style. The chorus is based on that in Alice Cooper's version, and some other elements of it have been retained as well. The single is remixed from the version released on their album We Didn't Say That! , removing a prominent synthesizer line from the chorus among other, more minor changes. The B-side, "The Camp Song", was the only non-album D&C song available until the release of their fourth single almost 15 years later. School's Out was their first and only single released in Japan.

Track listing
  1. "School's Out"
  2. "The Camp Song"
  3. "School's Out" (Gridlock Mix)
  4. "School's Out" (video)
"School's Out"
GWAR Schools Out.jpg
Single by Gwar
from the album Beyond Hell
Released2006
Recorded2006
Length3:23
Label DRT Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Devin Townsend & Cory Smoot
Gwar singles chronology
"A Soundtrack to Kill Yourself To"
(1997)
"School's Out"
(2006)

Gwar version

"School's Out" was also covered by the band Gwar. It was the first release from their 2006 album Beyond Hell . It was released as a digital download through services such as iTunes and eMusic, and as a promotional CD sent to radio stations.

Anabella version

Track 6 (B side LP), in Anabella´s 1986 "Fever" album.

Chart performance

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