Rumored to have built up an extreme drinking addiction over the previous decade, Cooper was said to have been coughing up blood every morning before downing 24 beers during the course of each day. Kinda this Dean Martin thing. It was medicine. We have to sit down and write this. The picture of Cooper in the cell is printed on the inner sleeve along with the song lyrics. On the rear of the album is a picture of the back of an asylum building with the track listing on the double doors, which open to show all the inmates stampeding down the corridor, waving papers in the air stating their release.
Both the images hidden by flaps were printed on the inner sleeve. Tom Carson of Rolling Stone , while stating that "the songs are full of good ideas", held that the songwriters and performers approached the concept too seriously, and that the album should have been done in a parody vein. He also criticized that the session band are too talented and precise, arguing that audiences had become enamored of Alice Cooper as a musician who does not strive for competence, and they would not accept such a fundamental change to his sound.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic , Alex Henderson found the album lacks the immediate appeal of Cooper's most popular albums, and at points "is too self-indulgent and intellectual for its own good, but at its best as on 'How You Gonna See Me Now', From the Inside is as riveting as it is inspiring. The other two were Muscle of Love and Lace and Whiskey. Credits are adapted from the From the Inside liner notes.
Album — Billboard United States. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alice Cooper. Cooper Steve Lukather Foster. Cooper Bruce Roberts. Whatever the truth, Taupin got co-writing credits on every song, and probably deserved it. This time Alice turned to David Foster, another Canadian. At the time it was maybe an odd choice, as Foster's hard rock credentials weren't exactly proven. In fact according to Wikipedia the only album he had produced before 'From The Inside' was an album by Bill Champlin, an American guitarist and songwriter who later joined 'Chicago'.
Whatever the reasons it worked out as 'From The Inside' sounded fantastic. Presumably it was Foster who brought in the many session musicians that are all over the album, but the touring band did get to play their part as well, all with faultless performances.
All this made the album perhaps the slickest production of any Alice Cooper album, very much in line with the new AOR sound that was becoming big in the US at the time with the likes of Journey, Boston and Toto all breaking through with a more commercial rock sound. But Alice's music still had a harder edge on the rockier material which saved the album.
Alice has frequently named 'From The Inside' as possibly his personal favourite of all the albums he's record. I got to write a couple of songs with Bernie Taupin, Alice, Foster and myself — and work with Rick Nielsen on that, which led me into [playing] a little bit on [Cheap Trick's] 'Dream Police' record, which nobody really knows about. It led me into a lot of different things. I do remember that Alice sang his butt off on the duet.
Most of the characters encountered on the album are based on real life people Alice met in hospital. Back in there weren't really any proper celebrity rehabs around, so Alice had to check into a real mental hospital and found himself surrounded by many genuinely disturbed patients. Unusually for Alice Cooper the b-side featured a track that didn't make the final album. The single reached 12 on the Billboard charts but the follow-up single 'From The Inside' went nowhere.
The album didn't exactly set the world alight either, stalling at 60 despite the relative success of the single. I was working with the producer David Foster — he produced my solo album on RSO Records which never came out — and he called me and asked if I wanted to do a session with Alice Cooper. I jumped at the chance because I used to go and see him perform all the time.
He was great. All he talked about was golf which I found hysterical. The "Lizzy Borden took an axe" line in 'Inmates We're All Crazy ' is taken from an old American nursery rhyme, which is in turn based on a real event. The real Lizzy Borden gained infamy after being tried and acquitted for the brutal murder, with an axe, of her father and stepmother in No one was ever convicted for the murders and the story has been the subject to endless speculation ever since, similar to the 'Jack The Ripper' tales in the UK.
On original lyric sheets there are references to 'candy'. A lavish party was put on for the launch of the album. The cover of 'From The Inside' saw a return to the lavish packaging the original band had been famous for.
The sleeve opened down the center of the front cover to reveal a scene inside the metal asylum and featured many of teh charaters imortalised on the album. The doctor pictured on the album cover is in fact stage designer Joe Gannon who devised many Alice Cooper live shows.
It shows Ned Kelly presumably killing Constable Scanlon.