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ONLY WOMEN BLEED ALICE COOPER, 1975

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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.

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