Before punk and heavy metal really took old, getting popular acceptance of an anti-authority song about blowing up an education institution was unlikely in the early 70’s. Yet, in 1972 Alice Cooper went to the top ten with this classic song.
Cooper has said he was inspired to write the song while 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. 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.
Cooper thought if he could catch that three minutes in a song, it’s would be a hit. He was right!