School's Out
Alice Cooper
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Well we can't salute ya
Can't find a flag
If that don't suit ya
That's a drag
1972
7
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1972 for three weeks
  • from Alice Cooper's fifth studio album, School's Out (1972)
  • ranks #326 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the biggest hit single for Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper: “With the song School’s Out, I remember Glen Buxton – the late, great Glen Buxton – just played that riff one night. It was a very bratty riff, almost like him going ‘nah-nah-nah-nah’ on the guitar.
       “It’s interesting to think, ‘What’s an anthem?’ And the answer is, an anthem is a song that everybody can agree on. It speaks to kids everywhere. Now, what’s more anthemic than hating school? School’s out – there you go. When we did that song, it was the only time I told Bob Ezrin, ‘If this isn’t a hit, I might as well start selling shoes.’
       “Every part of that song was on the money. And we got in The Yardbirds, too – that Bolero bit. Bob (Ezrin) knew how to put all of that in a package and really make it work. Then, when we came up with the line ‘Got no class, got no principal, got no innocence, I can’t even think of a word that rhymes,’ that was the line that drove the stake through it.”
       “And the cool thing is... it’s a good hard rock song. It wasn’t just a theme – it really rocked.”
  • written by Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith
  • produced by Bob Ezrin
  • recorded at The Record Plant, New York
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