Welcome To My Nightmare (1975)

Welcome To My Nightmare Album Cover

Welcome To My Nightmare


“Welcome To My Nightmare, I think you’re going to like it” whispers Alice as the album opens with a a jazz inspired number.  The track benefits from some excellent instrumental backing (including trumpets and keyboards) in order to create the illusion of a hazy dream where literally anything could be going on.   Those familiar with the accompanying stage show will know just what I mean! 


Rating: 7 Skulls


Devil’s Food


This is a great rocker with Alice in fine voice.  Vincent Price, however, is the star of the show with his spoken part, introducing to us (and paying homage to) the Black Widow spider, delivered in the terrifying and creepy manner that he became famous for.  His devotion to the Black Widow as the successor to mankind is brilliantly portrayed and his appearance must stand out as one of the best moves Alice Cooper made.


Rating: 9 Stars


Black Widow


Following Price’s introduction, we launch straight into Black Widow.   This is a high octane rocker as Alice pledges his allegiance to the Queen of arachnids.  The presence of children singing in the background simply adds to the theatrical feel of the song.  Brilliant!


Rating: 9 Stars


Some Folks


Some Folks is a slice of pure Broadway with big production, flamboyant use of brass instruments and a catchy chorus.  Alice is again in fine voice as he sings about sick perversion and the inner conflict that it generates.  The contrast between the song’s theme and the way it’s presented are rather mind blowing and brilliantly executed.


Rating: 7 Skulls


Only Women Bleed


This is probably Alice’s most well known ballad and provides a nice interlude to the madness around it on this album.  The story relates to abusive relationships and is delivered in a powerful yet poignant way.  Some parties have misunderstood the song but it seems clear to me that it’s a sympathetic take on the pains that women go through against physically stronger partners.  This certainly wasn’t the first time that this happened (Dead Babies being the most notable example).


Rating: 7 Skulls


Department Of Youth


The School’s Out of Welcome To My Nightmare (only without the worldwide success) with Alice again addressing the youth of the world.  Whilst it sounds slightly out of place on the album (no nightmares here), it’s a great rocker and a crowd favourite when played live.  The song ends in hilarious fashion as, when asked who gave them the power, they reply “Donny Osmand”, much to Alice’s disgust!


Rating: 8 Skulls


Cold Ethyl


A class track which again sees Alice exploring his perverted inner conscience, this time clearly defined as he fantasises about a relationship with the deceased Ethyl.  There are some extremely funny lyrics on offer here as Alice states that “Ethyl don’t have much to say”!


Rating: 8 Skulls


Years Ago


The album takes a sinister turn with the ultra-creepy Year Ago, which kicks off a hat trick of songs that are intrinsically linked and amongst the finest of Alice’s work.  Years Ago sounds like it is set in a deserted fairground with Steven alone on a merry-go-ride.  Steven appears close to breakdown with him sounding despondent and delusional with the voices in his head playing tug-of-war with him.


Rating: 10 Skulls




Steven loses the battle and gives in to the voices telling him to “Kill, Kill, Kill”.  Before doing so he justifies to himself that he is merely following God’s plan and that he doesn’t really want to take a life.  The song is not only brilliantly moody but is also accompanied by a fantastic orchestral score throughout.


Rating: 10 Skulls


The Awakening


Steven finds himself in the basement, semi-conscious and disorientated.  He follows the trial of blood that is dripping from his hands, upon realising what he’s done he declares ‘I’m a man”! 

One can only imagine what the result had been if the theme of Years Ago, Steven and The Awakening had been broadened out across the whole album.


Rating: 10 Skulls




The tempo picks up as Steven realises it’s all just a dream and decides to escape the clutches of his nightmare and return to real life.  This song neatly ends the album and leaves the listener in good spirits, a fitting end to the most diverse of albums.


Escape was used to terrific effect on the stage show, with the famous 'Magic Screen' becoming one of Alice's stand-out moments in his career.


Rating: 9 Skulls 




See my Welcome To My Nightmare collection here.