Thursday, September 10, 2020

School's Out


The other day on the radio show, I was asked about my favorite collectibles. Of course, I covet the mint condition Pet Sounds that my wife got for me last Christmas, and my signed copies of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Tubes, Duran Duran, Wham and The Monkees – but Alice Cooper's School’s Out may be my favorite. Of course, the teen anthem harkens back to my Jr. High School days, but it's the LP cover that makes it my fave. The LP came packaged in an old-fashioned school desk. It was die-cut and had little legs to fold out so that it would stand up. There was a report card with the song titles, but best of all, especially for a 13-year-old boy, the record came wrapped in a pair of pink girls' panties. A good copy like mine will set you back 150 bucks or so. 

But there's more! I’d forgotten just how great an album this was. I probably haven't heard it in 40 years. The title track is still as good as it ever was, and the rest of the LP is overlooked, rockin’ and totally fun. It's pretty heavy at times and jazzy others tossing in a bit of Broadway and vaudeville. Love it. I needed something to get me out of Pink Floyd mode (it's been like a month of Floyd); this may be it. Now I want to hear "I'm 18" and "Billion Dollar Babies."

By the way, I have three copies with panties for sale on eBay if anyone is interested. They vary in price based on their condition. Check it out.

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