Zipper Catches Skin

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Zipper Catches Skin
Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released August 25, 1982
Genre Rock, post-punk, hard rock, new wave
Length 32:25
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Alice Cooper and Erik Scott
"I Am The Future" – Steve Tyrell
Alice Cooper chronology
Special Forces
(1981)
Zipper Catches Skin
(1982)
DaDa
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Zipper Catches Skin is the 14th studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1982.

Produced by Cooper and his bassist at the time, Erik Scott, Zipper Catches Skin is musically known for its dry and energetic pop-rock style with punk rock and post-punk influences and less emphasis on hard riffs, carrying on a similar musical direction of the preceding Special Forces with sonically slicker and clearer results. Lyrically, Cooper employed a much stronger focus on comical sarcasm. However, although the album saw the return of guitarist Dick Wagner to Cooper’s band, it is generally not considered to be up to the same standard as his previous works.

Despite the worldwide release of the accompanying singleI Am the FutureZipper Catches Skin did not chart in most countries, including in the US where it became Cooper’s first to not dent the Billboard Top 200 since Easy Action. The album's front cover, featuring just the album’s lyrics with a smear of blood rather than exploiting the vivid imagery suggestive of the album’s name, did not help the situation.

Dick Wagner described Zipper Catches Skin as “the off to the races speedy album"[2] and a "drug induced nightmare”.[3] Dick Wagner reveals in a segment of the Deleted Scenes on the DVD Super Dooper Alice Cooper that Alice was smoking crack cocaine at the time and had a curtain behind the recording mic with a stool on it where he kept his crack pipe; he and other members of the band would sneak behind the curtain and take hits.

Zipper Catches Skin is the second of three albums which Alice refers to as his “blackout” albums, the others being the preceding album, Special Forces, and the following album, DaDa, as he has no recollection of recording them, due to substance abuse, although he did film a TV spot promoting Zipper in the same year. Cooper stated “I wrote them, recorded them and toured them and I don’t remember much of any of that”,[4] though he actually toured only Special Forces.[5] There was no tour to promote Zipper, and none of its songs have ever been played live.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Zorro’s Ascent"   Alice Cooper, John Nitzinger, Billy Steele, Erik Scott 3:56
2. "Make That Money (Scrooge's Song)"   Cooper, Dick Wagner 3:30
3. "I Am the Future" (from Class of 1984) Gary Osborne, Lalo Schifrin 3:29
4. "No Baloney Homosapiens"   Cooper, Wagner 5:06
5. "Adaptable (Anything for You)"   Cooper, Steele, Scott 2:56
6. "I Like Girls"   Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott 2:25
7. "Remarkably Insincere"   Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott 2:07
8. "Tag, You’re It"   Cooper, Nitzinger, Scott 2:54
9. "I Better Be Good"   Cooper, Wagner, Scott 2:48
10. "I'm Alive (That Was the Day My Dead Pet Returned to Save My Life)"   Cooper, Wagner, Scott 3:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Alice Cooper – vocals, synthesizer
  • Erik Scott – bass
  • Duane Hitchings – synthesizer, guitar
  • John Nitzinger – guitar
  • Mike Pinera – guitar
  • Dick Wagner – guitar
  • Billy Steele – guitar
  • Jan Uvena – drums, percussion
  • Jeanne Harris – backing vocals
  • Franne Golde – backing vocals
  • Flo & Eddie – backing vocals
  • Patty Donahue – "vocals & sarcasm"

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