|1. School's Out|
|2. Luney Tune|
|3. Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets|
|4. Street Fight|
|5. Blue Turk|
|6. My Stars|
|7. Public Animal #9|
|8. Alma Mater|
|9. Grande Finale|
The CD opens with the title track. While the song sounds like it is anti-school and anti-establishment, the song is a parody of teen angst. It's easy to overlook the key line in this hard rock song, which is "Well we got no class and we got no principals and we got no innocence and we can't even think of a word that rhymes." The opening lyrics and the closing lyrics sound rebellious, but the middle line has more double entendres than a James Bond movie and pokes fun at people who do not go to school. This wonderfully subtle song is considered to be Alice Cooper's signature song.
"Luney Tune" is a bizarre song that evokes surreal images of horror that still contain pieces of parody regarding teenagers understanding their world and how they react to it. The last line is interesting because many teenagers have a difficult time understanding their mortality, and the images in the song are so surreal that dissociation is possible and what you do to yourself may not be happening, but then again, how would you know? The style of this song contains elements that were a part of new wave music in the following decade.
The following song continues the parody, this time of the fight in "West Side Story." The satire in this song is subtle in some ways, and blatant in others. Alice Cooper does a good job of conveying bloody images, but the lines that surround them are too humorous for the song to be taken seriously.Read more ›
In 1972, the Alice Cooper band released its fifth album - School's Out. Though the title track was the only major hit to emerge from this release, there are a plethora of underrated masterpieces on this album that you won't be finding on hits compilations anytime soon. Read on for my review of School's Out.
The opening title track is an Alice Cooper classic. I don't think bluesy hard rock has ever sounded better, and I'm sure there are many others out there who will agree. Luney Tune is one of the band's most underrated songs ever. Sure, this never got as popular as the title track, but it's no less excellent. This is a hard rocker with a touch of psychedelia, as only Alice's band could do. Gutter Cats Versus The Jets is a little rocker about a gang fight. This one uses keyboards, and very well, too. Another underrated track. Street Fight is a fast and frantic instrumental with "fighting" sound effects and police sirens wailing. A decent track, but not really necessary. Blue Turk is a mostly instrumental track which, oddly enough, uses horns. Though it's wildly different from what you're used to from the band, it's still good. My Stars was probably the most "classic rock" sounding thing to emerge from the album, this one explores a plethora of musical styles in just five minutes. Not a great track, but still good. Public Animal Number Nine is Another classic rocker, but this one reminds me of ACDC for some reason. However, Alice's vocals make it truly unique, and it's certainly a worthwhile track. Alma Mater is a slower track, in this one Alice uses a voice distortion technique, which makes this one of the most unique songs on the album. Grand Finale is basically Blue Turk revisited, but it's COMPLETELY instrumental.Read more ›