Song of the Week: “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

by Douglas Cowie on 27 June 2014

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper:

Almost there, kids! There is a whole bunch of things to admire about this silly song, though my favorite part is, “We’ve got no class, and we’ve got no principles,” which is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll puns of all time. I do wonder whether it was spelled principles or principals in the original lyric sheet. There’s a fun summer research project for the nerds out there who won’t be spending the summer at the pool. I also like Alice’s “We can’t even think of a word that rhymes” in the next couplet, a line/idea adapted by the illustrious Camper Van Beethoven in “Take the Skinheads Bowling.” As a final bonus, here’s Alice Cooper talking about when he met Elvis Presley.

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