Kerrang!

Originally Published: July 08, 1989

The Week In Metal

1972

Alice Cooper's fifth album 'School's Out' is certified gold. The album's title track will peak at number seven in the singles chart and solidify Cooper as one of the fathers of metal, or at least metal's image.

Cooper's hard rock sound, however, is just part of the story. A stage act that includes live boa constrictors, macabre make-up, tattered costumes, a simulated decapitation, and the mutilation of dolls, will earn Cooper the title King Of Shock Rock.

Within three years Cooper's show will be deemed so unrevolutionary that he will star in a prime American television special 'Alice Cooper - The Nightmare' and have a hit ballad, 'Only Women Bleed'.