By the time the 1990s came around it had been quite a ride for Alice Cooper. He had started in the 1960s as the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” That group became stars and then he became a solo artist.
Alice Cooper moved through several stylistic changes during the 1980s, but the 1990s was to be a relatively quiet period for Cooper in terms of musical output.
“Hey Stoopid” was another album that, like “Trash” before it, focused more on 1980s metal sounds. It’s perhaps best known for the wide range of guests who appeared on it, including Steve Vai, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Vinnie Moore and Nikki Sixx.
The 1991 disc includes some great tracks like “Love’s a Loaded Gun,” “Feed My Frankenstein” and the title cut. Overall, it’s a bit inconsistent, though. Although, it still manages to entertain and is of interest to collectors of all the guests.
The Last Temptation
By the time “The Last Temptation” was released in 1994, the hair metal scene had pretty well collapsed. Cooper didn’t rely on that sound again (as he had for the two previous discs). Instead he moved back more the concept album approach that had been his mainstay in previous eras.
In many ways that concept album approach put “The Last Temptation” closer to the older works of Alice Cooper. That meant it was a return to form (at least in part) in the minds of many of his fans. It still maintained some musical connections to the albums that directly preceded it, though.
Fistful of Alice
“Fistful of Alice” was released in 1997, and Alice Cooper considered it to be a better live disc than his original “Alice Cooper Show,” with which he’d never been satisfied. It certainly rocks out harder and is more representative of an Alice Cooper live show.
There was one studio recording on the disc, “Is Anyone Home.” The lineup of live tracks focused mostly on older Cooper classics, but there were two newer numbers (“Poison” and “Lost In America”) also included.
Like “Hey Stoopid,” “Fistful of Alice” included some notable guests. Slash, Sammy Hagar and Rob Zombie all show up on this live album. It was to be the last Alice Cooper release in the 1990s.
Alice Cooper didn’t produce a lot of material in the 1990s and what music he did release wasn’t necessarily among his best. Still, each album has its own particular appeal to fans.