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Album Review

In the mid-'80s, Alice Cooper was able to crawl out of obscurity and rebuild his cult following. Though 1986's Constrictor and the supporting Nightmare Returns tour hardly commanded mainstream attention, the album and tour were his most successful in years, proving Cooper still had enough life to launch a full-fledged comeback. Not even a year after the release of Constrictor, Cooper released Raise Your Fist and Yell, which is more of a return to his dark thematic role than its predecessor. The album is obviously rushed and suffers similar flaws to Constrictor, most notably its large amount of filler. Nonetheless, Cooper manages to sound energetic and charismatic throughout the record as he sings about his three favorite topics: sex, rebellion, and death. "Lock Me Up," "Step on You," and "Not That Kind of Love" are dripping with traditional Cooper sleaze, while "Chop, Chop, Chop" and "Roses on White Lace" seem reminiscent of Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare days. With Raise Your Fist and Yell, Cooper embraced his past while still managing to sound fun and exciting. All things considered, it still seems surprising that 1989's Trash completely deserted Cooper's menacing, villainous role. After all, Raise Your Fist and Yell, though far from a highlight, showed Cooper was still able to provide both rock anthems and theatrical experiments — and do it rather well, for that matter.

Customer Reviews

"Constrictor" on Steroids

1987's "Raise Your Fist And Yell" is essentially a sequel or counterpart to 1986's "Constrictor," and it is Alice Cooper's second (and final) album with guitarist Kane Roberts. It sounds very similar to "Constrictor," except that the music is much heavier and more well-written. I personally think of "Constrictor" as being only a preview of what Alice and Kane would do on "Raise Your Fist." This is Alice Cooper at his 1980s horror movie finest; while the first half of the album consists of several feel-good rebel anthems (e.g., "Freedom," "Lock Me Up," and "Give The Radio Back"), the latter half focuses almost entirely on serial killers (e.g., "Time To Kill," "Chop, Chop, Chop" and "Roses On White Lace"). Robert Englund (the original "Freddy Krueger") makes a special vocal guest appearance on "Lock Me Up," and Satan himself appears in "Prince of Darkness" (which was written for the 1987 John Carpenter horror film of the same name, in which Coop made a cameo appearance as a psychotic Satan-possessed homeless man). Kane Roberts' guitar work is at top form here, but the real "oomph" is to be found in Coop's lyrics. While Coop doesn't utter a single cuss word, his words are so seductively violent and extreme as to make one wonder why "Raise Your Fist" didn't get a "Parental Advisory" sticker; it was first released, after all, in those days when Tipper Gore and the Washington Wives were trying to slap such stickers on everything they didn't like. This is proven by the opening track, "Freedom," in which Coop blasts everyone in Reagan's America who was trying to ban "satanic" music. All in all, "Raise Your Fist And Yell" is probably Coop's very best album from the 1980s; it successfully brought the King of Shock Rock back to his Grand Guignol roots. If you're an Alice Cooper fan and you've never listened to "Raise Your Fist And Yell," you're missing out--and if you've never tried Coop's music before, this album is a great place to start.

Best album as far as I'm concerned!!!!

If you don't own this album I don't see how you could live with yourself!!!!

His Best

Alice's heaviest album. Darkest lyrics. And, contrary to what the reviewer says, there is no filler on this album, except maybe for "Give The Radio Back." (I always thought that tune was kind of gay.) Otherwise, the album is full of rock and horror, and thanks to Kane Robers, in large part, the music is heavy, which makes the serial killer on this album seem to be more menacing than those in Cooper's past ones. But this album is definitely a departure from his usual, unfortunately. I always wished he would come back to this vibe, and I was sadly dissapointed with "Trash," though it was a huge pop hit. Perhaps, however, the Rock gods punished Alice by taking his voice away on live TV for the 17th Annual American Music Awards, but that's a rock-religious debate. lol


Born: February 4, 1948 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally, there was a band called Alice Cooper led by a singer named Vincent Damon Furnier. Under his direction, Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name...
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