Hey Stoopid Era 1
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CD (1991, Epic 468416 2)
Hey Stoopid CD Album (2013, Cherry Red Records HNECD026)
Released in September 2013, this nicely packaged re-issue contains enough items of interest to persuade fans to replace their tatty original copies of this excellent album.
Firstly, we have the nicely presented digi-pack case which unfolds to reveal the CD and some familiar artwork / photos from the Hey Stoopid era. There's then the excellent booklet which provides a fascinating insight into the album (together with more historical images) by journalist Malcolm Dome. These are both welcome touches which indicate that some effort has gone into this release rather than a half-hearted attempt to exploit fans.
Finally some additional tracks are included, all of which have been seen in some shape or form but never together. The Beba Edit of Hey Stoopid isn't worth getting excited about as it only contains a few minor editing changes from the original album version (see more detailed explanation below in the Hey Stoopid promo CD feature). Fire is the OK cover of the Jimi Hendrix song of the same name and was previously available as a B Side to the Love's A Loaded Gun single plus a few compliations over the years. The best of the 3 bonus tracks is undoubtably It Rained All Night, which was originally a B Side to the Hey Stoopid single release. It's one of those songs that should have made the original album and it's inclusion alongside the rest of the album is very much welcome.
All-in-all this is a good release and I hope some of Alice's other back catalogue gets the same treatment, especially at the reasonable price that this was turned out at (about £7 on Amazon). However, there's one fairly substantial issue that I wish had been addressed. This is the failure to include some of the really interesting out-takes from the original album. Chemical Reaction is one such track (which has been doing the rounds unofficially for some time), there's also the rarer If Fourth Street Could Talk. I know these, plus potentially a few other tracks, are probably only available in demo form (and, therefore, are not of the same audio quality) but I still would have wanted them to be included.
Hey Stoopid 'Blue-Spec' CD Album (2014, Epic SICP 30669)
This interesting 'state-of-the-art' Japanese Blue-Spec release features the same track listings as the 2013 Cherry Red Records version (see above) but in a traditional jewel case and a far less interesting black and white booklet.
Blue-spec CDs promise reduced distortion due to the use of a blue laser to create more precise pits (e.g. manufacured in similar way to blu-rays). I can't personally hear much difference between this and a standard recording, however, someone using more expensive kit may be able to. And before you ask, no, the CD is not blue, it's the same as a normal disc.
The booklet is very dissapointing with 6 pages of japanese on Alice's history followed by both english and Japanese lyrics. There are no pictures at all other than that shown above on the back of the booklet.
Hey Stoopid Vinyl Album (2014, Friday Music FRM-46786)
This welcome re-issue by Friday Music comes on chunky 180 gram vinyl and sounds great when played. Like several of the other re-issues, the packaging is different with a gatefold design replacing the simple sleeve of the original. The lyrics and credits (which were originally printed on the inner dust sleeve) are now provided inside the gatefold cover and are set to a pink background rather than the original white one. The image of Alice with his whip is retained on the rear of the sleeve.
Hey Stoopid Vinyl Album (2017, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1863)
This re-issue of Hey Stoopid by Music On Vinyl, is limited to 1,500 copies (of which this is #0442), has a simple card sleeve and has a vinyl insert featuring track listings, lyrics and credits. The vinyl is stated as silver, but is more of a marble grey colour in my opinion.
My Valuation: £50
Hey Stoopid Promotional CD Single (1991, Epic DISP 001063)
This promotional CD comes in a digibook style case with the front image orientated so that the cover opens from the top rather than the right as you'd usually expect. Randomly, the rear image is orientated the other way round so that it appears upside down if turned over. I imagine that the reason for this is so that the case could be displayed in shops if needed although I can't imagine that happened much.
There are 2 tracks on this CD, the 'Beba Edit' sounds interesting but is nothing to get excited about as it's simply the album version but without the 19 second crescendo opening and with 20 seconds less material at the end (Alice still ends the song by saying "Hey Stoopid" though).
The other track is merely the album version but without the 19 second opening.
Hey Stoopid CD Single (1991, Epic 656983 9)
This CD single comes in a slimline jewel case and features a 'Special Version' of Hey Stoopid, Wind-Up Toy (both from the album Hey Stoopid) plus the excellent B-Side track It Rained All Night.
Hey Stoopid CD Single (1991, Epic 656983 5)
This 'Maxi CD Single' comes in a slimline case and features the radio edit of Hey Stoopid, the album version of Wind-Up Toy (both from the album Hey Stoopid) plus It Rained All Night.
Hey Stoopid, Japanese 3" 'Snap-Pack' CD Single (ESDA 7074)
This Japanese 'Snap-Pack' 3" CD features Hey Stoopid and Wind-Up Toy from the Hey Stoopid album. The reverse of the pack features the lyrics to Hey Stoopid plus credits.
Hey Stoopid, 3" CD Single (1991, Epic 6569831)
This 3" CD was available in Austria only and includes the title track and Wind Up Toy. Nothing else of note to say really other than it's small but perfectly formed.
Hey Stoopid 7" Vinyl Single
Love's A Loaded Gun Promotional CD Single (1991, Epic ESK 73983)
Love's A Loaded Gun CD Single (1991, Epic 657438 2)
This 'Maxi CD Single' comes in a slim jewel case and contains Love's A Loaded Gun (from the album Hey Stoopid), a live version of Eighteen (from the 1991 concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) and the cover of Fire by Jimi Hendrix.
Love's A Loaded Gun CD Single (1991, Epic 6574389)
This unusual release features the CD contained within in a large hand drawn card gun. The disc is revealed by releasing the gun catch and and contains Love's A Loaded Gun, a live version of Eighteen (from the 1991 concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) and the cover of Fire by Jimi Hendrix.
On the back of the gun are the UK tour dates for 1991, which took place during September and October of that year.
Love's A Loaded Gun, 7" Vinyl Single (1991, Epic 6574387)
A nice, mint and sealed copy featuring the 1991 competition for a meet and great with Alice. Tracks are Love's A Loaded Gun on Side A and Fire on Side B. The back features the lyrics to Love's A Loaded Gun and the September and October 1991 tour dates in the UK.
Feed My Frankenstein CD Single (6580922)
Feed My Frankenstein was made popular through it's appearance (and subsequent cameo role by Alice) in the 1992 hit Mike Myers film Wayne's World.
The release had 2 CD versions in the UK, this one came in a traditional plastic single case and features a great picture disc with an image of Alice from Wayne's World. The track listings are Feed My Frankenstein, Burning Our Bed (both from Hey Stoopid), Poison and Only My Heart Talkin' (both from Trash).
The lyrics to Feed My Frankenstein are included in the inlay along with a 'we are not worthy!' image from Wayne's World.
Feed My Frankenstein Digi-Pack CD (1992, Epic 6580929)
The 2nd UK version of the CD single comes in a nice digibook style case and features the same image on the front cover (from Alice's performance of the song in Wayne's World). On the inside of the case are the lyrics to the song with additional details on the back cover.
Sadly, the wonderful picture disc is dropped on this version in favour of a bland black disc with silver writing. Preumably the reason for this was to be able to accomodate all the required song credits. The image of Alice from Wayne's World does still appear on the back, however.
On this version, Poison and Only My Heart Talkin' are replaced by Hey Stoopid and Bed of Nails (from Hey Stoopid and Trash respectively).
Burning Our Bed, CD Single (1991, Epic 6576912)
Burning Our Bed was subject to a limited European release on CD and vinyl formats. The cover features a nice image of Alice looking into a mirror and contains the album version of Burning Our Bed plus a live versions of School's Out and Love's A Loaded Gun from Electric Ladyland.
Burning Our Bed, 7" Vinyl Single (1991, Epic 6576917)
The 7" vinyl version features the album version of Burning Our Bed plus a live version of School's Out from Electric Ladyland.
Hey Stoopid Press Pack (1991)
This press pack features a 2-page preview of Hey Stoopid, which includes several useful facts about the various people who contributed in some shape or form (these include Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikkie Sixx and Desmond Child). Present throughout are excerpts from an interview with Alice, who pudly states that he wants the album become an "Alice Cooper classic".
Also included are flyers for an in-store signing at an HMV store in Toronto plus a $2.00 voucher for fans purchasing the album on the same date (probably not much use now). This is the date of his infamous rooftop performance from the store.
Finally, a 4-page newsletter called Stoopid News is also included. This features dates for the August leg of his 1991 Operation Rock & Roll tour, details of some mail order merchandise, some Alice-related news / trivia.
My Valuation: £30