Kerrang! - 25th May 1991

(May 25, 1991)

Originally Published: May 25, 1991

Alice Gets 'Stoopid'

King shocker Alice Cooper returns with a new album 'Hey Stoopid' through Epic on July 1. It's been produced by Peter 'Queensryche' Collins and features 12 new songs by a variety of guest writers and an all-star cast of thousands (almost).

Present on all tracks are Alice (natch), his new guitarist Stef Burns, and drummer Mickey Curry but the guest list is headed by Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Rob Halford, and Joe Satriani who all make an appearance on opening cut 'Hey Stoopid'. Satch also turns up on 'Burning Our Beds', 'Wind Up Toy', and 'Little By Little' and the track 'Feed My Frankenstien', (co-written by Zodiac Mindwarp).

Other guests on the latter cut are Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx and actor Christopher Lee who adds a spoken intro!

Although Alice has reportedly delivered a much harder sounding record then the Desmond Child-produced 'Trash', he hasn't severed all connections with melodies or DC. 'Hey Stoopid' features two tracks bearing the dreaded Child writing credit: 'Dangerous Tonight' and 'Might As Well Be On Mars'.

Elsewhere, 'Die For You' boasts credits by Alice, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Jim Valance, and the dynamic Motley Crue axeman even leads a hand on the lead break!

The album is rounded out by 'Dirty Dreams', 'Hurricane Years' - both featuring former Kiss six-stringer Vinnie Moore - 'Love's A Loaded Gun' and 'Snakebite'.

UK dates are tentatively planned for the autumn. Meanwhile Alice should be kept busy by the Stateside 'Operation Rock'n'Roll' touring package (also featuring Judas Priest, Motorhead, Metal Church and Dangerous Toys) which kicks off in mid-July.