School’s OUT! Rock ‘n’ Roll High, Nuke ’em High and Alice Cooper!

“Don’t dance near the chemicals!”

Things getting a bit hot? A bit OUT OF CONTROL?

troma return to the class of nuke 'em high

Well, it’s nothing compared to these guys! But don’t worry, you’ll find out what he’s up to, and how you can be part of it!


Thanks to classic rock, Joey Ramone and Troma, it’s time to celebrate a bit of anarchy! Right, Alice?


Yep, sometimes school IS A DRAG – and there have always been smart artists to exploit that – for our enjoyment! Let’s get started with one of the best songs about anarchy ever!


Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out!”

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes

School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces

Alice Cooper School's Out

“School’s Out” was the title of Alice Cooper’s fifth album, released in 1972. The album cover was a classic school desktop, scrawled with graffiti…

Here is a pristine version of the song “School’s Out” from the 1972 UK TV show “Top Of The Pops” – with Alice in full makeup:

Alice Cooper band

Even though the group – yes, they WERE a group before Alice went off on his own – the group had an earlier hit with “I’m Eighteen”, “School’s Out” became Alice Cooper’s first major hit single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and propelling the album to #2 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart.


Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song when answering the question, “What’s the greatest three minutes of your life?”. Cooper said: “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there.

alice cooper

The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.'”

alice cooper

And big it was – an iconic song about youth and rebellion – a spirit captured beautifully by exploitation master Roger Corman:

Rock 'n' Roll High School

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School!

One of the greatest movies about anarchy and teen spirit ever made – as the Chemistry teacher said:

Don’t dance near the chemicals!

Let’s get started with one of the greatest songs EVER! Hit it, Joey Ramone!

rock 'n' roll high school

The plot is classic teen rebellion: Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students’ love of rock ‘n’ roll and their disregard for education. How can you argue when The Ramones keep rocking out?


And They’ve Got PJ Soles!

Cult queen PJ Soles stars in the film as well, and of course, she falls for Joey Ramone!


How About This Music Trivia!

Thanks to IMDB for their terrific music trivia about the film…


The Ramones were paid a total of $25,000 for appearing in the film, and had to play shows in southern California to help pay their hotel bills.


During the 21-day shoot, Dee Dee Ramone got arrested for fighting with a roadie, overdosed in jail, and wound up in Cedars Sinai Hospital with a $3,000 medical bill.


Originally, Todd Rundgren was to star as the musical act, but both sides could not come to an agreement. A music exec suggested the Ramones. Director Allan Arkush, being a huge fan of the band, agreed. To this day, Rundgren regrets passing up the role he was offered, but at least “A Dream Goes On Forever” made the soundtrack album!

And MACCA Too!

paul and linda mccartney

The romantic theme song heard under the credits, “Did We Meet Somewhere Before?” is sung by Paul McCartney and Wings. McCartney wrote it as the theme to Heaven Can Wait, but Warren Beatty decided not to use it. Allan Arkush, the director, swung a deal so he was able to use the song for only $500 – provided McCartney did not receive screen credit.


How can you top this classic cult film? Well, as always, the answer begins with the word “TROMA”….


If film history has taught you anything, it’s that you can’t talk movie anarchy without hearing from Mr. Chaos himself….Lloyd Kaufman and the rebel Troma Team!

Class Of Nuke ‘Em High!

Taking the rock’n’roll spirit to the extreme, Lloyd Kaufman gave a big “F You” to the establishment – and it is one of Troma’s classics:

The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker. That’s it, a simple plot upon which to hang anarchy in all its forms.

And Now, The “Tromatic” Sequel!

Yes, Lloyd is giving it to us once again with this high powered blast of nuclear anarchy…

return to the class of nuke 'em high

Return To Class of Nuke ’em High!

Here is the official trailer for Lloyd’s latest masterwork – his “Nuke ’em High” SEQUEL:


troma return to the class of nuke 'em high

Well, hard to argue about this one…it’s pure Troma, both in spirit and execution – and of course there will be plenty of green foam and blood….

return to the class of nuke 'em high

Lloyd’s “Return” is scheduled for release in 2013, but if you head to, you can see the hundreds of films they have in their library – can’t wait for this one to keep the spirit of Troma alive…

return to the class of nuke 'em high

All The Love You Cannes!

Most importantly, you can now be part of the Troma team! If you want to support Troma’s goal to keep independent art alive, go to this website to see how you can send Lloyd back to the most prestigious film festival in the world, where he belongs!

Good luck Lloyd, hope to see you in Cannes!


Categories: 70's Cinema, Action Films, Books / Media, Cannes Film Festival, Grindhouse, Horror films, Movies, Music, Obscure Movies, Revenge Movies, Talent/Celebrities, Troma Films, Uncategorized

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11 replies

  1. “The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning.” That’s a feeling like no other, for sure. I left school over 20 years ago but I can still remember that last day excitement.


  2. Congratulations.Great, informative and entertaining blog.Thanks for informing us about the Underground film art…we need more coverage of Lloyd Kaufman,however.He is one of my favorite directors…



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