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A Review of the Album Hey Stoopid by Hard Rock Vocalist Alice Cooper

Updated on August 2, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

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Hey Stoopid Is a Hard Rock Album Featuring Contributions By Several Musicians

“Hey Stoopid” (yes that is how this album’s title is spelled) is the 1991 solo album by American hard rock vocalist Alice Cooper and this one was on my listening list frequently back in the day in the late 1990s. This album is the follow-up album to his commercially successful 1989 album Trash. Hey Stoopid features the contributions of several musicians and artists in the industry including Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai. Wikipedia says that Alice Cooper has been active as a performer since 1962 which rivals The Rolling Stones for longevity but I’m glad he’s still performing obviously. In spite of this album’s rather humorous spelling, the music on this album should appeal to fans of hard rock.

A special note of significance here is that Hey Stoopid was also the last studio album to have bassist Hugh McDonald before he ended up joining Bon Jovi in 1994.

About the Song Hey Stoopid that Begins this album

This album begins with the famous title track with chants of “hey, hey, hey” as we get started with one of Alice’s finer releases. Even if we have been kicked around, people will question what we are trying to do as the song might as well describe the actions of a stupid person. One lost love should not tear a person’s life apart.

Snakebite is One of Those Unknown Classic Songs

However, one of my favorite songs from this album back when I first listened to it and even now is the song Snakebite with its signature hissing snake sound beginning and good hard rock riffing. It is one of those “unknown” classics in the sense that it may get overlooked for the other songs on the album.

Some Commentary About the Vocals of Alice Cooper

Whatever some fans may think about Alice Cooper’s vocals, I tend to like his style as I think his voice is one of those voices that doesn’t scream or try to overdo the singing. He also may not have one of the highest vocal ranges in hard rock but his style is good low to mid-range vocals. Snakebite is a song that I think humorously tries to portray that a snake bite drains a person’s hunger.

"Die for You"

The beginning of this album can certainly get a music fan going in the right direction with their mood and then to have a good hard rock song like Snakebite, then this gives the album a great hard rock start. “Dangerous Tonight” is another one of those songs that I remember from these days, the decade of the 1990s. The song is about the fact that sometimes love and romance can be dangerous if it is pursued for the wrong reasons.

"Snakebite"

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Hey Stoopid Is More Than Just Another Hard Rock Album

Looking back on this album, it provides more than just a nostalgic feeling but also the album shows how the United States is capable of constructing solid hard rock albums as artists such as Dokken and White Lion were successful with in the 1980s. The skill and technique definitely is there as even this album shows us. After a sort of atmospheric or Gothic metal style beginning, Might as Well Be On Mars then turns into an acoustic style hard rock song. I bet listeners didn’t even expect this in an Alice Cooper album but style changes like this are what might set him apart from other hard rock artists. “Feed My Frankenstein” has that famous chorus as the song is a humorous attempt to describe a person that is hungry for love as he thinks that it is now feeding time. He is not really hungry for food but he is hungry for love as he says. Is this album better than his 1989 album Trash? That is a very tough question as Alice Cooper has gotten better as a solo artist with time. While Trash was the first album that I ever heard from him, Hey Stoopid is one of those albums that addresses the flaws of love relationships gone wrong and how stupid people can sometimes be. It is one of those hard rock albums that even almost 30 years later is a classic in its own way. The strongest songs on Hey Stoopid are several including the title track, Snakebite, Die for You, Feed My Frankenstein and Might As Well Be On Mars. The song Die For You is one of those love songs that many of us can relate to even almost 30 years later. Sometimes we feel that it would have been easy to die for the other person even though when the relationship has gone sour and we don’t want to see their pictures anymore.

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© 2020 Ara Vahanian

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