Welcome to My Nightmare (song)

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"Welcome to My Nightmare"
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Welcome to My Nightmare
B-side "Cold Ethyl"
Released October 1975
Genre Rock, disco
Length
5:19 (album version)

2:48 (single version)

Label Atlantic Records 3298
Songwriter(s) Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Bob Ezrin
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Department of Youth"
(1975)
"Welcome to My Nightmare"
(1975)
"I Never Cry"
(1976)

"Welcome to My Nightmare" is the title track to Alice Cooper's eighth studio album. The song is written by Cooper, Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin. It peaked at 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. [1] The song itself mixes elements from disco, [2] jazz, hard rock, and keeps a "heavy-yet-funky beat". Cooper would later perform the song on The Muppet Show . The tune was placed tenth on a list AOL Radio made of the "10 Best Halloween Songs". [3]

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Contents

Acoustic guitar is played by Dick Wagner, bass by Tony Levin, clarinet by Jozef Chirowski, drums by Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, and electric guitar by Steve Hunter. [4]

Tony Levin American musician

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Johnny "Bee" Badanjek is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter.

Steve Hunter American musician

Stephen John Hunter is an American guitarist, primarily a session player. He has worked with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, aacquiring the monniker "The Deacon". Hunter first played with Mitch Ryder's Detroit, beginning a long association with record producer Bob Ezrin who has said Steve Hunter has contributed so much to rock music in general that he truly deserves the designation of "Guitar Hero". Steve Hunter has played some of the greatest riffs in rock history - that first slamming solo that rings in Aerosmith's "Train Kept A Rollin'", the acoustic intro on Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and he wrote the legendary intro interlude that made Lou Reed's live version of "Sweet Jane" Reed's first gold record.

Cover versions

Ronnie James Dio. Steve Lukather, Bob Kulick, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo and Paul Taylor covered the song on the 1999 tribute album Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper. [5]

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