Alice Cooper singing about freedom is exactly what we all need to hear today.
This song was the first and only single off of Alice Cooper’s seventeenth solo album, Raise Your Fist and Yell. Despite celebrating freedom and being promoted by the music video above, the single failed to chart in the United States. However, in the UK, it reached #50 in the charts. Maybe across the pond, it was better appreciated that the video featured Rambo on guitar. (That’s actually Kane Roberts on guitar. Roberts co-wrote this song and is a legitimate rock and roll great. The presence of Roberts makes it easier to forgive the fact that Kip Winger played bass on Freedom.)
This song came out at around the same time that the Senate was investigating rock music and there was a strong push for warning labels to be put on albums. This song was Cooper’s response to the Tipper Gores of the world. “Stop pretending you’ve never been bad,” the lyrics say before going on to take a stand for freedom of speech.