Alice Cooper – “School’s Out” Live
School’s Out For Summer!
“School’s Out” was the title track single by Alice Cooper released on May 1972. It’s also known as “School’s Out for Summer” and has become a staple in his concert repertoire. He always says that his live shows are meant to be fun which is why he makes it a point to leave the audience in a good mood.
The title (and song) were inspired by a warning often said in Bowery Boys movies in which one of the characters declares to another, “School is out,” meaning “to wise up.”
It was Glen Buxton who created the opening riff and this became Alice Cooper’s first major hit. There are slight differences between the studio and album version however: first, the single has been sped-up but only slightly. Second, the school bell and effects fade out in the single while on the album, it was just turned off.
- Number 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100
- Number 6 in the US Cash Box Top 100
- Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart
This track is also on “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list by the Rolling Stone magazine and ranked on the 319th place. And after its release has become an anthem for the start of summer vacation.
In a 2008 Esquire interview, Cooper said: “When we did ‘School’s Out,’ I knew we had just done the national anthem. I’ve become the Francis Scott Key of the last day of school.”
Let’s admit it, Alice Cooper is a genius for making this song!