August 22nd 1972

“School’s out No 1 again”

OK, hands up who remembers that the sleeve of Alice Cooper‘s album of the same name opened up like a school desk and (initial copies at least) included a pair of paper girl’s knickers?

School’s Out stayed at Number 1 in the UK for 3 weeks before getting bumped by Rod Stewart’s “You Wear It Well“. Across the Atlantic it reached number 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Alice says he was inspired to write it by the fact that when you are a kid there are two defining moments in your life. One is Christmas morning and the second is that last day of school before the summer holidays. He figured there were already enough songs about the first, so he was going to try and encapsulate the second.

The boy done good!

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