Halo of Flies (song)

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"Halo of Flies"
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Killer
B-side "Under My Wheels"
Released 1973
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock
Length 8:21
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Billion Dollar Babies"
(1973)
"Halo of Flies"
(1973)
"Teenage Lament '74"
(1973)

"Halo of Flies" is a 1973 single by rock band Alice Cooper taken from their 1971 album Killer. The single was only released in the Netherlands, two years after the song appeared on the album. The song was, according to Cooper's liner notes in the compilation The Definitive Alice Cooper, an attempt by the band to prove that they could perform King Crimson-like progressive rock suites, and was supposedly about a spy organisation.

Upon its 1973 single release, the song became a top 10 hit in the Netherlands and also charted in neighboring Belgium. The single release featured the B-side "Under My Wheels", also a song of the Killer album, which had already been released as a single two years prior.

The noise rock band Halo of Flies named themselves after this song. Jello Biafra and The Melvins covered the song on their release Sieg Howdy!, while Haunted Garage covered it for the 1993 Cooper tribute Welcome to Our Nightmare.

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Halo of Flies" (Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith) - 8:22
  2. "Under My Wheels" (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin) - 2:51

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak Chart Position
1973 Dutch Singles Chart 5
1973 Belgian (Flemish) Singles Chart 15

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