The Hollywood Vampires has been an anticipated project from the get-go. Anytime you have the undisputed king of shock rock Alice Cooper involved there’s bound to be a memorable collaboration, however the Hollywood Vampires is perhaps even more notable for the contributions of Johnny Depp.
Depp is easily most recognized as an icon in Hollywood cinema, however his passion for being a musician has particularly flourished in recent years. The guitarist and vocalist has appeared on studio albums from names like Aerosmith, Oasis and Marilyn Manson over the years, and is now an active member in the Hollywood Vampires.
The upcoming self-titled debut album from the Hollywood Vampires, due for release on September 11, features both original songs and new takes on 1960s and 1970s rock anthems. Although the extensive guest list – which includes appearances from Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and Joe Perry – is nothing short of impressive, the core of Cooper and Depp remains consistent throughout all thirteen tracks (not including the foreword from the late Sir Christopher Lee on “The Last Vampire.”)
Following months of fingernail biting, a new recording from the Hollywood Vampires has found it’s way to the surface. We find ourselves facing down at rowdy cover of The Who‘s “My Generation,” a song which has made a welcome appearance in Cooper’s headlining performances in recent years. The vocal harmonies are tight, the chord progressions are solid, and Cooper’s snarl has never been more impressive.
Arguably, what makes this cover standout is that the vibe is fresh and yet sounds as though it could have been tracked back around the days of ‘The Last Temptation’ and ‘Hey Stoopid.’ The same can easily be said for the recorded version of “School’s Out/Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2,” a hybrid of the Alice Cooper classic and the Pink Floyd staple that’s long served as the encore in Cooper’s live shows. Add in the guest appearance from AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson in the second verse, and this album just sold itself.
We encourage you to listen to both tracks via the single video below and formulate your own opinions in the comment section below.