Alice Cooper

Only Women Bleed

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The success of 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper's first solo effort, was surprisingly credited not to the record's hard rock anthems or bizarre conceptual epics, but to a crossover ballad entitled "Only Women Bleed." The song still had its share of controversy; Atlantic Records initially shortened the title to "Only Women" and the single was protested by several feminist groups claiming the song as horribly sexist and insulting. Those offended by Cooper's blunt and biting lyrics, however, obviously missed the point of the song. "Only Women Bleed" finds the shock artist writing about a helpless victim of spousal abuse, singing "she spends her life through pleasing up her man/he slaps her once in awhile and she lives and loves the pain." In his soft performance, Cooper obviously has some sympathy for the character and is willing to acknowledge the situation as tragic -- not necessarily because of the situation itself, but because she allows it to continue. Even with the implied sexism, no song previously recorded by Cooper had been so political and thought-provoking, making it no surprise that the single became such a critical and commercial smash. Even today, the themes of the song still seem entirely relevant to modern culture. Perhaps this is why "Only Women Bleed" continues to be not only one of Cooper's best songs, but one of the most definitive singles of 1975.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Welcome to My Nightmare 1975 Atlantic 5:59
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1978
Various Artists
Media Records
No Image 1983 Warner Home Video
Seventies Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 11: Heavy Hi 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:32
Beast of Alice Cooper 1993 WEA International 5:48
Classicks 1995 Epic 4:06
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: #1 Radio Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:30
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Adventures In Music
The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper 1999 Rhino 3:30
Pop in the 70's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper 2001 Rhino 3:30
The Definitive Alice Cooper 2001 Rhino 3:30
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 3:30
Power Ballads [Rhino Flashback] 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records 3:31
School's Out and Other Hits 2004 Rhino Flashback 3:31
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best Of 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:31
80s Heavy Metal Monsters 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:31
Halloween [2007 Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 5:45
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:30
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: Burning Heart 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:29
Super Duper Alice Cooper 2014 Eagle Rock 2:55
The Many Faces of Alice Cooper
Various Artists
Music Brokers 6:50
The Power of Love [Time Life]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music