I'm Eighteen

"I'm Eighteen" is a 1970 song by rock band Alice Cooper, featured on their first major label release album Love It to Death. It was released in November 1970, 3 months prior to the album, and became the band's breakthrough hit.

Achievements

It was ranked #39 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. It also appeared on Guitar magazine as one of the 50 heaviest riffs of all time.

Rolling Stone included the song on their list at 482 "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time"[1] and had this to say of the song, "Before 'I'm Eighteen,' Cooper was just another hairy rock oddball. But this proto-punk smash defined the age when, in Cooper's words, you're 'old enough to be drafted but not old enough to vote.' Years later, Johnny Rotten sang this at his audition for the Sex Pistols; by then, Cooper was a guest on The Muppet Show."[2]

Cover Versions & Appearances in Popular Culture

The song was covered by thrash metal pioneers Anthrax, on their 1984 album Fistful of Metal (the day their youngest member turned 19) and was later covered by post-grunge band Creed on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie The Faculty, and also by Zwan on tour. The song was also covered by Camp Freddy with Slash of Guns and Roses on guitar and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on vocals. Don Dokken featuring John Norum on guitar recorded a cover version of the song on the tribute album Humanary Stew: A Tribute To Alice Cooper, only called "Eighteen".

It was used in an episode of the 1999 TV show Freaks and Geeks, when Guidance Counsellor Mr. Rosso (Dave "Gruber" Allen) played an acoustic cover of the song to show the kids he knew what they were going through.

The song is featured in Bill Couturié's 1987 documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.

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