Raise Your Fist and Yell

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Raise Your Fist and Yell
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 5, 1987
GenreGlam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
ProducerMichael Wagener
Alice Cooper chronology
Raise Your Fist and Yell
Singles from Raise Your Fist and Yell
  1. "Freedom"
    Released: April 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]

Raise Your Fist and Yell is the seventeenth studio album by rock musician Alice Cooper released on September 5th 1987. It features the track “Prince of Darkness”, which is featured very briefly in the John Carpenter film of the same name, in which Cooper has a cameo as a murderous vagrant. The song can be heard on the Walkman of one of his victims. A music video was made for the song “Freedom”, which also became the album's sole single. Raise Your Fist and Yell is the only Alice Cooper album to feature Ken K. Mary on drums and the last to feature Kip Winger on bass.

The album continues the slasher film trend created by Cooper’s previous album Constrictor. The track “Lock Me Up” features a guest appearance from Robert Englund, who portrayed Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare On Elm Street series.

The album cover for Raise Your Fist and Yell was painted by artist Jim Warren.


The infamous tour for the album, dubbed “Live in the Flesh,” was notorious in Europe in 1988 for its graphic violence and theatricality. The show included many of Cooper’s old favourites, such as the gallows (for the first time since 1972), but offered new theatrics such as impaling a person with a bike (this was also seen in John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, used by Cooper in a cameo role as a vagrant killing one of the characters). Most of the tour's more violent acts were heavily inspired by the horror movies of the time, by including graphic onstage deaths and large amounts of stage blood. Cooper has been said to be a big fan of these movies.

The show was seen to be so violent that the German government forced Cooper to remove some of the more graphic parts of the show. A (blind) Member of Parliament in the UK, David Blunkett, appealed to have the show banned altogether from the country, but his attempt was unsuccessful.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alice Cooper and Kane Roberts except where noted.

Side one
2."Lock Me Up"3:24
3."Give the Radio Back"3:34
4."Step on You"3:39
5."Not That Kind of Love"3:15
Side two
6."Prince of Darkness"Cooper, Kip Winger5:10
7."Time to Kill"Cooper, Winger, Roberts3:39
8."Chop, Chop, Chop" 3:06
9."Gail"Cooper, Roberts, Winger2:30
10."Roses on White Lace"Cooper, Winger, Roberts4:27

Live performances[edit]

During the “Live in the Flesh” tour, “Freedom”, “Prince of Darkness”, “Chop Chop Chop”, “Gail” and “Roses on White Lace” were consistent parts of Cooper’s setlist; however, nothing from Raise Your Fist and Yell has ever been performed live since that tour finished.[2]


Additional Personnel[edit]


Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 73
1987 UK Albums Chart 48
1987 Swedish Albums Chart 15