ALICE COOPER – Keepin’ Halloween Alive [iTunes single]

Alice Cooper – Keepin’ Halloween Alive [iTunes single] (2009, Shout! Factory/Nightmare Records)

1. “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” … 2:17
2. “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” (Cooperoke Mix) … 2:15

Alice Cooper – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Dave Pino – Lead Guitar, Bass, Rhodes Piano, Theramin
Matt “Piggy D.” Montgomery – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Spreng – Drums, Percussion, Harpsichord

Producer: Alice Cooper & Matt “Piggy D.” Montgomery

Why did it take so long for Alice to give us a Halloween anthem? Sure, Alice Cooper has always gone hand in hand with Halloween like Jason Voorhees and a couple of camp counselors, but I don’t believe there’s ever been a direct ode to the October holiday by “the king of all things Halloween” (as the digital booklet credits him).

Alice is still up to his old/new garage rock antics with this one. The song is fun, punchy, yet criminally short. Even with the garage rock sound, I got a Rob Zombie vibe from it (DON’T WORRY, there’s no attempt at Brutal Planet here), which makes sense after finding out that Matt “Piggy D.” Montgomery (who co-wrote, co-produced and played on this track) is a member of Rob Zombie’s band. Also of note is Dave Pino plays in Powerman 5000 and David Spreng plays in The Bravery.

The “Cooperoke Mix” is a karaoke version with the vocals low in the mix. Scream your heart out!

I wonder if this is a sign of things for come with the next Cooper album (penciled in for a 2010 release). The song seems more like what you might hear on The Eyes of Alice Cooper or Dirty Diamonds than what was on Along Came A Spider (which I thought was slightly disappointing).

The artwork is really cool too. Yes, I said artwork. I didn’t realize iTunes did this, but included is a 4-page digital booklet featuring the cover, disc art, lyrics and credits. I hope Alice retains whoever designed this for the artwork for the next album because it’s exactly the kind of look Alice should be going for.


Posted on October 1, 2009, in Alice Cooper and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. thanks so much for bringing this to my attention! I MUST download it when I get home!

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