Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series “Spooktober Edition,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore tunes from the 60’s to today. Enjoy the trip!
In true hard rock fashion, the lyrics contain crude sexual metaphors that leave little to the imagination. A sampling: “Let me drink the wine from your fur tea cup. Velcro candy, sticky sweet.”
The “Frankenstein” is the singer’s monstrous sexual appetite.
This ferocious glam metal scorcher was written by Alice Cooper, Mark Manning (aka Zodiac Mindwarp), Ian Richardson and Nick Coler. Manning’s band, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, recorded the original version of this track for their 1991 album Hoodlum Thunder. The British rock band was the brainchild of vocalist/songwriter Manning, who formed the four-member band in 1985. They were the embodiment of “Sleaze Rock,” with many songs of sex and debauchery similar to this one.
Some famous string players appear on this track: Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are on guitar, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue played bass.
The Hey Stoopid album was a big commercial success, peaking at #4 on the UK album charts and #47 in the US. Guest musicians played a big part in the album’s success: in addition to Satriani, Vai and Sixx, other notable musicians who played on the album include Ozzy Osbourne, Vinnie Moore and Mick Mars. The album was helmed by Peter Collins, who has produced albums for a number of big-name music acts, including Rush, Queensrÿche, Bon Jovi, Brian Setzer and Suicidal Tendencies.
Alice performed this song as part of a classic scene in the 1992 movie Wayne’s World. Backstage, Wayne and Garth meet Alice, who turns out to be a low-key intellectual and explains the origin of the word “Milwaukee” (Algonquin for “the good land”) When Alice invites them to hang out, Wayne and Garth bow down and proclaim, “We’re not worthy!”
The original plan was to have Alice perform “School’s Out” in the film, but two weeks before filming, Cooper’s manager Shep Gordon informed the film’s writer and star Mike Myers that Alice would be performing a new song instead: “Feed My Frankenstein.” Myers and Gordon ended up becoming good friends, and in 2013 Myers directed the film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which chronicles Gordon’s exploits.
The music video is basically and extended version of the Wayne’s World scene where it appears. It was directed by Penelope Spheeris, who also directed the film.
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