School's Out (album)

School's Out is the fifth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released in 1972. Following on from the success of Killer, School's Out reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart, holding the top position for four weeks.[4] The single "School's Out" reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart[5] and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

School's Out
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Studio album by
Released30 June 1972 (1972-06)
StudioRecord Plant, New York City
GenreHard rock,[1] glam rock[2]
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies
Singles from School's Out
  1. "School's Out"
    Released: 26 April 1972 (US) [3]


The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) had the sleeve opening in the manner of a wooden school desk, similar to Thinks: School Stinks, by Hotlegs, released two years earlier. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties, though this was later discontinued as the paper panties were found to be flammable.[6] The desk photographed for the album cover is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic      [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB− [7]
Rolling Stone(mixed) [8]

Ian Chapman has put forward a theory that it was a concept album about youth lost when leaving school.[9]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."School's Out"Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith3:30
2."Luney Tune"Cooper, Dunaway3:44
3."Gutter Cat vs. the Jets"Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim4:40
4."Street Fight" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith0:55
5."Blue Turk"Cooper, Bruce5:34
Side two
1."My Stars"Cooper, Bob Ezrin5:49
2."Public Animal #9"Cooper, Bruce3:55
3."Alma Mater"Smith4:27
4."Grande Finale" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Bob Ezrin, Smith, Mack David, Elmer Bernstein4:26


Alice Cooper band

Additional musicians



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "School's Out - Alice Cooper | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone's Best Glam Rock Albums of All Time".
  3. ^ "Alice cooper singles".
  4. ^ "Canadian RPM Top Albums: Library and Archives Canada". 1972-08-12. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  5. ^ "Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart - Library and Archives Canada". 1972-08-26. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  6. ^ Alice Cooper and Kent Zimmerman, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, Random House, 2008, p. 97
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  8. ^ "Alice Cooper - School's Out (1972) album review by Ben Gerson (28.9.1972)". Rolling Stone. 28 September 1972.
  9. ^ Ian Chapman (12 Mar 2018). Experiencing Alice Cooper: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 30. ISBN 978-1442257719.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 92. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. 1972. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. 1973. Archived from the original on 23 May 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Alice Cooper – School's Out". Recording Industry Association of America.