Hey Stoopid Era

Hey Stoopid Promotional CD Album

1991, Epic, ESK 4085

This promotional CD features the entire Hey Stoopid album.  The cover is completely different with just the Alice Cooper Hey Stoopid logo retained and set to a black background (a banner stating that this is an advance copy only is also present).  

 

The CD is almost identical to the official release as is the back cover only it's in monotone black and white.  No inlay booklet is present. 

Stoopid News CD

1991, Epic, ESK 4161

This quite rare CD features soundbites that could be used on radio stations when promoting the Hey Stoopid album.  There are in 15 in total, each of which lasts about 1 minute and commences with the opening part of the album version of Hey Stoopid.  They cover a range of themes and are similar to the type of story that Alice picks up on in his Nights With Alice Cooper syndicate radio show. 

Hey Stoopid CD Album

1991, Epic, 4684162

This European CD version of Hey Stoopid features a jewel case and fold-out booklet containing track listings, lyrics, credits and large image of Alice complete with whip.

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.

 

A similar re-issue of Trash was released a few months later.

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.

 

A similar re-issue of Trash was also released at the same time.

Hey Stoopid Mini Disc Album

Approximately 1997, Epic, 4684163

Hey Stoopid was one of just 2 studio albums to be released on Sony's ill-fated Mini Disc format (the other being The Last Temptation plus also the Classicks compilation album).  Mini Disc's provided the convenience and digital sound quality of CD's but with the robustness of cassettes as the disc was stored in protective hard shell.  Unfortunately, they were launched probably 10 years too late (in the mid 90's) with the advent of music downloads meaning that they never really took off.

 

This album is presented in a similar manner to the CD version, the most notable difference though is that the original poster inlay is replaced with a more traditional booklet with images and text juggled around.  The disc itself also has the cover art on it. 

Hey Stoopid Cassette Album

1991, Epic, 4684164

This European cassette version of Hey Stoopid features similar packaging to the standard CD version of the album (above).

Hey Stoopid 12" Vinyl Album

1991, Epic, 4684161

This European pressing of Hey Stoopid comes in a simple card sleeve.  The inner sleeve features track listings, lyrics and credits.  Inside is a black vinyl disc.

Hey Stoopid 12" 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 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Music On Vinyl, MOVLP1863

This European vinyl re-issue of Hey Stoopid by Music On Vinyl, is limited to 1,500 copies individually stamped 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.  A similar re-issue of Trash was released at about the same time. 

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, 6569839

This CD single comes in a slimline jewel case and features a 'Special Version' of Hey Stoopid, Wind-Up Toy (both from the Hey Stoopid album) plus the excellent B-Side track It Rained All Night.

Hey Stoopid CD Single

1991, Epic, 6569835

This 'Maxi CD Single' has the same musical content as the above single, but features slightly different artwork.

Hey Stoopid, 3" 'Snap-Pack' CD Single

1991, Epic, 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.

 

This is one of only 3 'Snap-Pack' Alice releases, with the others being House Of Fire and Only My Heart Talkin' from the Trash album.

Hey Stoopid 3" CD Single

1991, Epic, 6569831

This Austrian 3" CD includes Hey Stoopid and Wind Up Toy (both from the Hey Stoopid album).  There is nothing else of note to say really other than it's small but perfectly formed.

Hey Stoopid 7" Vinyl Single

1991, Epic, 6569837

This UK 7" vinyl single features white Epic Warner labels, comes in a card sleeve, and features Hey Stoopid on Side A and Wind Up Toy on Side B (both from the Hey Stoopid album).

Hey Stoopid 12" Vinyl Single

1991, Epic, 656986

This UK 12" vinyl single features white Epic Warner labels, comes in a card sleeve, and features Hey Stoopid and Wind Up Toy (both from the Hey Stoopid album) plus the excellent bonus track It Rained All Night.

 

The sleeve features the same artwork as the 7" version (above).

Hey Stoopid 12" Vinyl Single

1991, Epic, 6569838

This single includes artwork from the album Hey Stoopid and features Hey Stoopid and Wind Up Toy (both from the Hey Stoopid album) plus the excellent bonus track It Rained All Night.

Love's A Loaded Gun Promotional CD Single

1991, Epic, ESK 73983

This USA promotional CD comes in a jewel case complete with paper inlay and features only Love's A Loaded Gun (from the Hey Stoopid album).

Love's A Loaded Gun CD Single

1991, Epic, 6574382

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 Cassette Single

1991, Epic, 6574384

This UK cassette single features Love's A Loaded Gun on Side A (from the Hey Stoopid album) and a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Fire on Side B.  The inlay features Alice's September and October 1991 tour dates in the UK.

Love's A Loaded Gun, 7" Vinyl Single

1991, Epic, 6574387

This UK 7" vinyl single features Love's A Loaded Gun on Side A (from the Hey Stoopid album) and a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Fire on Side B plus an entry card for a chance to meet and great Alice Cooper.  

 

The rear sleeve features the lyrics to Love's A Loaded Gun and Alice's September and October 1991 tour dates in the UK.

Love's A Loaded Gun 12" Vinyl Single

1991, Epic, 6574388)

This single includes artwork from Hey Stoopid and features 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.

 

Printed on Side 1 are the tour dates for the autumn 1991 shows in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Printed on Side 2 are the lyrics to Love's A Loaded Gun.

Feed My Frankenstein CD Single

1992, Epic, 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 slimline 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're not worthy!' image from Wayne's World.

Feed My Frankenstein CD Single

1992, Epic, 6580929

The 2nd UK version of the CD single comes in a nice Digipack 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).

Feed My Frankenstein 7" Vinyl Single

1992, Epic, 6580927

This 7" vinyl single comes in a simple card sleeve and features Feed My Frankenstein on Side A and Burning Our Bed on Side B (both from the Hey Stoopid album).

Feed My Frankenstein 12" Vinyl Single

1992, Epic, 6580926

This 12" vinyl single includes artwork from Alice's cameo role in the film Wayne's World and features Feed My Frankenstein and Burning Our Bed from Hey Stoopid plus Poison and Only My Heart Talkin' from Trash.  Printed on Side 2 are the lyrics to Feed My Frankenstein. 

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.