Constrictor (album)

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Constrictor
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Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released September 22, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 37:07
Label MCA
Producer Beau Hill
Alice Cooper chronology
DaDa
(1983)
Constrictor
(1986)
Raise Your Fist and Yell
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Constrictor is the sixteenth studio album by rock musician Alice Cooper released on September 22, 1986. After retiring from the music industry after the release of DaDa, Cooper remained in seclusion for three years. He starred in Monster Dog, a horror film for which he wrote two songs. He also guest starred on the Twisted Sister track "Be Chrool to Your Scuel". Constrictor was Alice Cooper's first record to feature bass playing by Kip Winger, who would later gain great fame with his own band, Winger.

Cooper sought the aid of heavy metal guitarist Kane Roberts for the album, which resulted in a sound Cooper had never tapped into before. Constrictor exposed a whole new generation of teens to the original shock rocker, returning him to the charts at number 59 after his previous two releases Zipper Catches Skin and DaDa had entirely failed to crack the Top 200.[2] For all intents and purposes, Constrictor was the first "normal" album Cooper had released in nearly eight years, since his records following From the Inside were seen as largely experimental.

The horror series Friday the 13th teamed up with Cooper during this time to produce the theme song for its latest film. The song “He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” was written for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and went on to become a #1 hit in Sweden. Also featured in the film were Constrictor’s “Teenage Frankenstein” and “Hard Rock Summer,” which did not end up on the album.

The track “The Great American Success Story” was apparently intended as the theme song to the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School, but was not actually used.

The demo of “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” was totally different from the final album version. A reworked version of the “He's Back” demo landed on the album as “Trick Bag” instead. The version of “He’s Back” that was featured in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was remixed from the album version.

Constrictor also led to one of the most successful tours of the late '80s, “The Nightmare Returns” tour. Three songs from the album, “Teenage Frankenstein”, “Give It Up” and “The World Needs Guts” were regularly performed on this tour.[3] However, as with all Cooper live songs since Lace and Whiskey, these songs failed to remain in the setlist during subsequent tours. “Teenage Frankenstein” was also played on the tour supporting the follow-up Raise Your Fist and Yell album and occasionally during the 2001 “Descent into Dragontown” tour,[4] whilst “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” was played occasionally in the late 1980s and the early 2000s before becoming a frequent part of the setlist on the “Raise the Dead” tour.[5] Apart from these opening and closing songs, nothing from Constrictor has been performed live since 1989.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alice Cooper and Kane Roberts, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Teenage Frankenstein"     3:40
2. "Give It Up"     4:13
3. "Thrill My Gorilla"     2:56
4. "Life and Death of the Party"     3:45
5. "Simple Disobedience"     3:30
6. "The World Needs Guts"     3:59
7. "Trick Bag"   Cooper, Roberts, Tom Kelly 4:18
8. "Crawlin'"   Cooper, Roberts, Michael Wagener 3:22
9. "The Great American Success Story"   Cooper, Roberts, Beau Hill 3:38
10. "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" (theme from the motion picture Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) Cooper, Roberts, Kelly 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 59

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