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School's Out (album)

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School's Out
Studio album by
Released30 June 1972
StudioRecord Plant, New York City
GenreHard rock,[1] glam rock[2]
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies
Singles from School's Out
  1. "School's Out"
    Released: April 26, 1972 (US)[3]

School's Out is the fifth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released in June 1972.[4] Following on from the success of Killer, School's Out reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart, holding the top position for four weeks.[5] The single "School's Out" reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart[6] and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.


The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) had the sleeve opening in the manner of a wooden school desk, similar to Thinks: School Stinks, by Hotlegs, released two years earlier. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties, though this was later discontinued as the paper panties were found to be flammable.[7] The desk photographed for the album cover is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB− [8]
Rolling Stone(mixed) [9]

Ian Chapman has put forward a theory that it was a concept album about youth lost when leaving school.[10]

Live performances[edit]

Although the title track remains the most-performed song in Alice Cooper's live shows, in accordance with the conceptual nature of School's Out, the album has overall a smaller representation in his live setlist than Love It to Death, Killer, Billion Dollar Babies, or Welcome to My Nightmare, accounting for only 6.8 percent of the songs Cooper has played live. "Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets" and "Public Animal #9" were the only other School's Out songs played on the supporting School's Out For Summer '72 tour, but neither became a permanent part of setlist and "Gutter Cat" was last performed in 2004 on the Eyes of Alice Cooper tour. Short instrumental "Street Fight" was never performed until the 1980 Flush the Fashion tour, and was last played on the School's Out for Summer '97 tour, whilst "My Stars" was a regular part of setlists on the 1973–1974 Billion Dollar Babies Tour but never played again until 2019 when it became a regular on the Ol' Black Eyes Is Back Tour. "Blue Turk", "Alma Mater" and "Grand Finale" have never been performed live, and "Luney Tune" only once, during the Psychodrama Tour at Grand Canyon University on May 9, 2009 with Cooper tribute band Halo of Flies.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."School's Out"Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith3:30
2."Luney Tune"Cooper, Dunaway3:44
3."Gutter Cat vs. the Jets"Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim4:40
4."Street Fight" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith0:55
5."Blue Turk"Cooper, Bruce5:34
Side two
1."My Stars"Cooper, Bob Ezrin5:49
2."Public Animal #9"Cooper, Bruce3:55
3."Alma Mater"Smith4:27
4."Grande Finale" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Bob Ezrin, Smith, Mack David, Elmer Bernstein4:26


Alice Cooper band

Additional musicians



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Gold 20,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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