Alice Cooper is responsible for some of the greatest album covers of all time: The School’s Out sleeve opened like an elementary schooler’s desk; From The Inside featured asylum doors that swung open. Thanks to a strategically placed finger, the original Love it to Death sleeve made the Controversial Album Covers gallery.
And then there’s Raise Your Fist and Yell.
The eighties weren’t very good to Alice. He kicked them off with the new wave Flush the Fashion (full disclosure: I kind of liked that album) and didn’t really recover his traction until 1989’s Trash, which featured mega-single “Poison.”
1987’s Raise Your Fist… is pretty standard hair metal fare — lots of whammy bar dive bombs and meedly-meedly noodling from bodybuilder guitarist Kane Roberts, competent bass from Kip Winger (really? Kip Winger?), and typical Alice lyrics. It’s not a bad album, just forgettable.
But why we’re here is that awfully literal Jim Warren cover painting. “The name of the album is Raise Your Fist and Yell, Jim. Think you can do something with that?”
Alice has always worked in the realm of dreams, and I’d imagine having a mouth in one’s palm is a teenage boy’s dream. So yeah, there’s that benefit, but is it worth the nightmare of walking around with Alice’s screaming face on your hand?
Congratulations, Alice, you’re the newest addition to the Bad Album Cover Hall of Fame.