Trash (Alice Cooper album)

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Trash
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ReleasedJuly 25, 1989
Recorded1988-1989, Bearsville Studios, The Power Station, Right Track, Sigma Sound Studios, Mediasound, Grog Kill Studios, Village Recorders, The Complex, Record Plant, Blue Jay Studios, Sanctuary Sound
Genre Glam metal
Length40:11
Label Epic
Producer Desmond Child
Alice Cooper chronology
Raise Your Fist and Yell
(1987)
Trash
(1989)
Hey Stoopid
(1991)
Singles from Trash
  1. "Poison"
    Released: July 7, 1989
  2. "Bed of Nails"
    Released: October 7, 1989
  3. "House of Fire"
    Released: November 1989
  4. "Only My Heart Talkin'"
    Released: March 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
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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 featured John McCurry (who has previously worked with Julian Lennon) on guitar, Hugh McDonald of Bon Jovi on bass as well as Bobby Chouinard and Alan St. Jon, both from Billy Squier's solo band on drums and keyboards, respectively. The album was the "biggest hit among his hair metal albums". [2]

Contents

Overview

After Alice's return to the music industry with the successful "The Nightmare Returns" tour, Cooper had sought assistance from Desmond Child to create a comeback album. Trash became one of Cooper's biggest albums, accompanied by music videos for "Poison", "Bed of Nails", "House of Fire", and "Only My Heart Talkin'". A successful year-long worldwide concert tour in support of the album was documented in the home video release Alice Cooper Trashes The World .

The album features many guest performances including Jon Bon Jovi, Stiv Bators, Steven Tyler, as well as singer/guitarist Kane Roberts, who left Cooper's band in 1988. Songwriting contributions were also made by Joan Jett, Diane Warren, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and John McCurry.

Reception

The album has received mostly positive reviews. AllMusic reviewer Alex Henderson gave the album four stars out of five describing it as a "highly slick and commercial yet edgy pop-metal effort that temporarily restored him to the charts in a big way". [1] Rolling Stone Magazine placed the album at 36 on their list of the "50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". [3] Kerrang put the album in sixth place in on their ranking of every Alice Cooper album. [4] Metal Sucks included the album at No. 7 on their list of "THE TEN BEST MUST-HAVE GLAM METAL ALBUMS". [5]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Poison" Alice Cooper · Desmond Child · John McCurry 4:29
2."Spark in the Dark"Cooper · Child3:52
3."House of Fire"Cooper · Child · Joan Jett 3:47
4."Why Trust You"Cooper · Child3:12
5."Only My Heart Talkin'"Cooper · Bruce Roberts · Andy Goldmark4:47
6."Bed of Nails"Cooper · Child · Kane Roberts · Diane Warren 4:20
7."This Maniac's in Love with You"Cooper · Child · Bob Held · Tom Teeley3:48
8."Trash"Cooper · Child · Mark Frazier · Jamie Sever4:01
9."Hell Is Living Without You"Cooper · Child · Jon Bon Jovi · Richie Sambora 4:11
10."I'm Your Gun"Cooper · Child · McCurry3:47
Total length:40:11
Additional tracks on the Japanese release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Cold Ethyl (live)"Cooper · Bob Ezrin  
12."Ballad of Dwight Fry (live)" Michael Bruce · Cooper 
Additional tracks on the 2014 Japanese LTD Blu-spec CD II Remastered Re-issue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Only My Heart Talkin' (Radio Edit)"Cooper · Roberts · Goldmark 
12."I Got a Line on You" Randy California  

Personnel

Main musicians
Additional personnel

Production

Outtakes

The following additional songs were written and recorded for the album but remain unreleased: "Low Class Reunion", "The Ballad of Alice Cooper", "Bad Angel", "Good Girl Gone Bad" as well as "Aggrolat". Cooper himself did not want to release these tracks because he thought at the time that these tunes "weren't that good to start with". Later, Cooper also noted that the songs that remained unreleased have been written in a Rock'n'Roll vein, but can be defined different to the individual listener. [6]

Live performances

Trash is the most represented album outside the 1971 to 1975 era in Alice Cooper's concert setlists; [7] however this is wholly due to lead single “Poison”, which has been performed consistently on all tours since the album's release and has become the sixth-most-performed song in his catalogue and the most-performed from after Welcome to My Nightmare. [8] The only other songs from Trash that have ever been performed since the close of the album's tour are “House of Fire”, which was a regular on the 2012 to 2015 Raise the Dead Tour, [9] “Trash” which was a regular part of setlists on the Descent into Dragontown Tour, [10] and “Bed of Nails” in 1996, 2004, and 2019. [11] “Why Trust You” and “Hell Is Living Without You” have never been played live.

Charts and certifications

Single releases

YearTitleChart positions Certifications
US
[31]
US M.
[32]
UK
[33]
NZ
[34]
AU
[35]
SE
[36]
CA
[37]
1989"Poison"7152231040
"Bed of Nails"38271318
"House of Fire"5639658098
1990"Only My Heart Talkin'"89194778

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