Alice Cooper – Trash (1989, Epic Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Poison” … 4:30
2. “Spark in the Dark” .. 3:52
3. “House of Fire” … 3:47
4. “Why Trust You” … 3:12
5. “Only My Heart Talkin'” … 4:46
6. “Bed of Nails” … 4:20
7. “This Maniac’s in Love With You” … 3:48
8. “Trash” … 4:02
9. “Hell Is Living Without You” … 4:11
10. “I’m Your Gun” … 3:49

Alice Cooper – Vocals

And then an absolute bevy of session musicians and special guests including (but not limited to):
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and former Cooper bandmates Kip Winger and Kane Roberts.

Produced by: Desmond Child

A lot of metal fans don’t care for producer Desmond Child. Any album he produces and writes on has a slick pop-metal style, but I personally have no problem with that. In fact, pop-metal is one my favorite genres of rock. Desmond has done some great work with bands like KISS, Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet, anyone?), Vince Neil, Scorpions, Ratt and Aerosmith. So a Desmond Child-Alice Cooper effort makes for another great Desmond-helmed album in my opinion and “Poison” is my favorite Alice Cooper song. I’m almost in a trance whenever I hear it.

I don’t find a pop-metal album by Alice to feel out of place in his catalog at all. Most of the 80s hard rockers owed a little bit to Alice anyway as I’ve always considered the Coop and KISS to be the Godfathers of Shock Rock while those two groups plus Van Halen are the Godfathers of Hair Metal, IMO.

This easily is my favorite Alice album and I remember playing this album most of my junior year in high school, skipping lunch and sitting in my next class’ room waiting for it to begin. I’m sure most people would argue his early-mid 70s is his best, and while I enjoy certain tracks from those albums, they’re hard for me to digest as whole. There’s just some weird stuff there and garage rock isn’t really my style.

“Trash” is a fun tune sung with Jon Bon Jovi and sees Alice Cooper & Jon going totally hair metal on us with the innuendos (“If my love was like a lollipop, would you lick it?”). Steven Tyler shares vocal duties on the ballad “Only My Heart Talkin'”. It’s just a fun record, loaded with guest stars, and his next album, Hey Stoopid, makes for a great companion piece because it continued the sound heard here.

Highlights: “Poison”, “Spark in the Dark”, “Why Trust You”, “Only My Heart Talkin'”, “Bed of Nails”, “Trash”, “Hell Is Living Without You”, “I’m Your Gun”

Posted on July 7, 2008, in Alice Cooper, Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. A lot of people see this album as Alice’s return and in some ways it is at least in terms of album sales and chart success. It’s a good album but the real return for me was CONSTRICTOR in ’86. I hear what you’re saying about Alice’s back catalogue, I had the same problem at first but then I picked up THE LIFE & CRIMES OF ALICE COOPER box set and I started to really get into the older stuff. I knew all the old singles but the album tracks are what makes Alice…..Alice.

    When you see Alice live, ‘Poison’ always gets a big roar but I prefer ‘Trash’ live. The nice thing is Alice blends all his classics, his ’80s stuff, and some new tracks into one helluva show. I’ve seen him 4 times since 2000, always around Halloween, and he is one of the best live shows ever.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. He’s on my list of acts I *have* to see live. I have 2 of his concerts on DVD (Trashes the World and Brutally Live), but I gotta see it all in person!

  3. Saw him with Heaven & Hell last summer… absolute perfect show. Only problem for Alice was that he had a shot set, he usually plays a full 2 hours because of the production.

    He’s coming to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut on Halloween night this year (about an hour from my house) and he’s a guarantee sellout. I’ve seen him do 2 Halloween night shows before: one at Foxwoods & one at the Boston Orpheum…..they were absolutely crazy! If you’ve been to see KISS, then you know everyone dresses up. Same thing with Alice, everyone dresses like different eras of Alice…..props, snakes, etc…..very cool.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  4. His last 3 albums released in the 80s together with HEY STOOPID are my fave albums by ALICE COOPER. I also love some of this 70s albums(KILLERS specialy) and BRUTAL PLANET from the 90s. Good review.

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