Trash (Alice Cooper album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 25, 1989
Recorded1988-1989, 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
GenreGlam metal[1][2]
ProducerDesmond Child
Alice Cooper chronology
Raise Your Fist and Yell
Hey Stoopid
Singles from Trash
  1. "Poison"
    Released: July 7, 1989
  2. "Bed of Nails"
    Released: October 7, 1989
  3. "House of Fire"
    Released: November 1989
  4. "Only My Heart Talkin'"
    Released: March 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Trash is the eleventh 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. Trash featured John McCurry (who has previously worked with Julian Lennon) on guitar, Hugh McDonald of Bon Jovi on bass as well as Bobby Chouinard and Alan St. Jon, both from Billy Squier's solo band on drums and keyboards, respectively.


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.

Track listing[edit]

1."Poison"Alice Cooper · Desmond Child · John McCurry4:29
2."Spark in the Dark"Cooper · Child3:52
3."House of Fire"Cooper · Child · Joan Jett3:47
4."Why Trust You"Cooper · Child3:12
5."Only My Heart Talkin'"Cooper · Bruce Roberts · Andy Goldmark4:47
6."Bed of Nails"Cooper · Child · Kane Roberts · Diane Warren4:20
7."This Maniac's in Love with You"Cooper · Child · Bob Held · Tom Teeley3:48
8."Trash"Cooper · Child · Mark Frazier · Jamie Sever4:01
9."Hell Is Living Without You"Cooper · Child · Jon Bon Jovi · Richie Sambora4:11
10."I'm Your Gun"Cooper · Child · McCurry3:47
Total length:40:11
Additional tracks on the Japanese release
11."Cold Ethyl (live)"Cooper · Bob Ezrin 
12."Ballad of Dwight Fry (live)"Michael Bruce · Cooper 
Additional tracks on the 2014 Japanese LTD Blu-spec CD II Remastered Re-issue
11."Only My Heart Talkin' (Radio Edit)"Cooper · Roberts · Goldmark 
12."I Got a Line on You"Randy California 


Main musicians
Additional personnel


  • Produced by Desmond Child
  • Recorded by Sir Arthur Payson, Obie O'Brien and Nick DiDia (both at Sanctuary Studios), George Cowan (at Bearsville), Mark Tanzer (at Blue Jay), Lolly Grodner (at Mediasound), Ben Fowler (at Power Station), John Herman (at Right Track), Brian Peterofsky (at Sigma Sound).
  • Assistant Engineers: Duane Seykora (at The Complex) and Robert Hart (Village Recorders).
  • Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero.
  • Mastered by George Marino.


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 defined different to the individual listener.[3]

Live performances[edit]

Trash is the most represented album outside the 1971 to 1975 era in Alice Cooper's concert setlists;[4] however this is wholly due to lead single “Poison”, which has been performed consistently on all tours since the album's release and has become the sixth-most-performed song in his catalogue and the most-performed from after Welcome to My Nightmare.[5] The only other songs from Trash that have ever been performed since the close of the album's tour are “House of Fire”, which was a regular on the 2012 to 2015 Raise the Dead Tour,[6] “Trash” which was a regular part of setlists on the Descent into Dragontown Tour,[7] and “Bed of Nails” in 1996, 2004, and 2019.[8] “Why Trust You” and “Hell Is Living Without You” have never been played live.

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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