ONLY WOMEN BLEED ALICE COOPER, 1975
Alice Cooper’s Only Women Bleed has more relevance than ever in this era of elevated awareness regarding domestic violence. Ironically, feminist groups in the shock rocker’s native US protested against the song’s title on its release 40 years ago, assuming it referred to menstruation. “It’s about a woman’s subservient position in society,” said guitarist Dick Wagner, who co-wrote the song with Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier. “It was meant to be liberating.” As a result of the controversy, Atlantic Records packaged the single under the shortened title of “Only Women”, much to the band’s annoyance. Yet the message of the song remained clear: “Man makes your hair grey, he’s your life’s mistake / All you’re really lookin’ for is an even break / He lies right at you, you know you hate this game / He slaps you once in a while and you live and love in pain.” Alice Cooper (with Mötley Crüe) play Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday.