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
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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 and marked a great success in Cooper's musical career, reaching the Top 20 of various album charts and selling more than two million copies of a studio album.


After Alice's return to the music industry 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) 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 3:12
5. "Only My Heart Talkin'"   Cooper · Bruce Roberts · Andy Goldmark 4:47
6. "Bed of Nails"   Cooper · Child · Kane Roberts · Diane Warren 4:20
7. "This Maniac's in Love with You"   Cooper · Child · Bob Held · Tom Teeley 3:48
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
Total length:
Additional tracks on the Japanese release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Cold Ethyl (live)"   Cooper · Bob Ezrin  
12. "Ballad of Dwight Fry (live)"   Michael Bruce · Cooper  


Main musicians
Additional personnel

Outtakes and production[edit]

The following additional songs were written and recorded for the album but remain unreleased: "Low Class Reunion", "The Ballad of Alice Cooper", "Bad Angel", "Good Girl Gone Bad" as well as "Aggrolat". Cooper himself did not want to release these tracks because he thought at the time that these tunes "weren't that good to start with". Later, Cooper also noted that the songs that remained unreleased have been written in a Rock'n'Roll vein, but can be defiened different to the individual listener.[2]

The album was produced by Desmond Child and mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero. Recording Engineers for the release have been Sir Arthur Payson and Obie O'Brien (at Sanctuary Studios). 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) and Robert Hart (Village Recorders) worked as Assistant Engineers as the album came to life. Responsible for the Masterin actions was George Marino.[3]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Single releases[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1989 "Poison" 7 15 2 2 3 10 40
"Bed of Nails" 38 27 13 18
"House of Fire" 56 39 65 80 98
1990 "Only My Heart Talkin'" 89 19 47 78


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