Trash (Alice Cooper album)

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Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released July 25, 1989
Recorded 1988-1989, 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, heavy metal, hard rock
Length 40:11
Label Epic
Producer Desmond Child
Alice Cooper chronology
Raise Your Fist and Yell
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Trash is the eighteenth 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.


After Alice's return to the music industry in 1986 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.

Backing vocalist Louis "Louie" Merlino and drummer Bobby Chouinard later played together in Beggars & Thieves. Chouinard died in 1997.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Guest Musicians[2] Length
1. "Poison"   Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, John McCurry   4:29
2. "Spark in the Dark"   Cooper, Child 3:52
3. "House of Fire"   Cooper, Child, Joan Jett 3:47
4. "Why Trust You"   Cooper, Child
  • Guy Mann-Dude (guitar)
5. "Only My Heart Talkin'"   Cooper, Bruce Roberts, Andy Goldmark 4:47
6. "Bed of Nails"   Cooper, Child, Kane Roberts, Diane Warren
  • Kane Roberts (guitar)
7. "This Maniac's in Love with You"   Cooper, Child, Bob Held, Tom Teeley
  • Guy Mann-Dude (guitar)
8. "Trash"   Cooper, Child, Mark Frazier, Jamie Sever 4:01
9. "Hell Is Living Without You"   Cooper, Child, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:11
10. "I'm Your Gun"   Cooper, Child, McCurry 3:47


Several additional songs were written and recorded for the album but remain unreleased.[3]

  • "Low Class Reunion" (unreleased)
  • "The Ballad of Alice Cooper" (unreleased)
  • "Bad Angel" (unreleased)
  • "Good Girl Gone Bad" (unreleased)
  • "Aggrolat" (unreleased)


In order of appearance in the liner notes, the band comprised:

  • Alice Cooper: Lead Vocals
  • Kane Roberts, Joe Perry: Guitar
  • Hugh McDonald, Tom Hamilton: Bass
  • Bobby Chouinard, Joey Kramer: Drums


  • Produced by Desmond Child
  • Recording Engineers: Sir Arthur Payson, Obie O'Brien (O'Brien at Sanctuary Studios)
  • Assistant Engineers: George Cowan (Bearsville), Mark Tanzer (Blue Jay), Lolly Grodner (Mediasound),Ben Fowler (Power Station), John Herman (Right Track), Nick DiDia (Sanctuary Studios), Brian Sterber & Don Peterkofsky (Sigma Sound), Duane Seykora (The Complex), Robert Hart (Village Recorders)
  • Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero
  • Mastered by George Marino



Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 20[4]
1989 UK Albums Chart 2
1989 Australian Albums Chart 5[5]
1989 Austrian Albums Chart 4[6]
1989 Norwegian Albums Chart 4[7]
1989 Swedish Albums Chart 6[8]
1989 Swiss Albums Chart 10[9]
1990 Hungarian Albums Chart 13


Year Single Chart/Position
Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks
1989 "Poison" 7 17
"Bed of Nails" 20 24
1990 "House of Fire" 56 39
"Only My Heart Talkin'" 89 19


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Child, Desmond (1989). Poison (CD). Alice Cooper. Epic Records. 
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  4. ^ "Alice Cooper - Charts & Awards - Billboard Albums" Allmusic. Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "Australian Album Charts Search for Alice Cooper" Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
  6. ^ "Austrian Album Charts Search for Alice Cooper" Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
  7. ^ "Norwegian Album Charts Search for Alice Cooper" Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
  8. ^ "Swedish Album Charts Search for Alice Cooper" Retrieved on August 10, 2009.
  9. ^ "Swiss Album Charts Search for Alice Cooper" Retrieved on August 10, 2009.