Flush the Fashion

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Flush the Fashion
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1980
Recorded1979–1980
Studio Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Genre
Length28:29
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Alice Cooper chronology
From the Inside
(1978)
Flush the Fashion
(1980)
Special Forces
(1981)
Singles from Flush the Fashion
  1. "Clones (We're All)"
    Released: May 1980
  2. "Talk Talk"
    Released: 1980
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Review scores
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Flush the Fashion is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Alice Cooper, released on April 28, 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles with producer Roy Thomas Baker, known for his work with Queen and the Cars. Musically, the album was a drastic change of style for Cooper, leaning towards a new wave influence. The lead single "Clones (We're All)" peaked at No. 40 on the U.S. Billboard Top 40.

Contents

Background

The album's ten tracks touch on themes such as the loss of identity, taking on other roles, and the usual Alice Cooper-esque dementia. This is evident even in the lyrics of Flush the Fashion's cover songs (for example the "Clones" single). Cooper also performs several "story" songs, presenting a series of intriguing vignettes in lieu of more traditional subject matter. By the time of Flush the Fashion, after a much-publicized stint in a sanitarium in 1977 for alcoholism and subsequent sobriety, Cooper had secretly developed a heavy addiction to cocaine, although, unlike his following three albums Cooper has some recollection – if not perfect – of making Flush the Fashion. [2]

Cooper did tour the album through the United States and Mexico City during 1980, playing "Clones (We're All)", "Pain", "Model Citizen", "Grim Facts", "Talk Talk", "Dance Yourself to Death" and "Nuclear Infected" on a regular basis. The first four songs remained part of the setlist for the Special Forces tour a year later. Since 1982, songs from Flush the Fashion, as with all Cooper's albums from between 1976 and 1983, have rarely been performed live. The only cases have been:

According to Alice Cooper on his radio show on October 5, 2020, all the song titles on this album were taken from Headlines(hence Track #10) from the National Enquirer.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Alice Cooper, Davey Johnstone and Fred Mandel except where noted.

Side one flush the fashion suite 13:51
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Talk Talk" Sean Bonniwell 2:09
2."Clones (We're All)"David Carron3:03
3."Pain" 4:06
4."Leather Boots" Geoff Westen 1:36
5."Aspirin Damage" 2:57
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nuclear Infected" 2:14
2."Grim Facts" 3:24
3."Model Citizen" 2:39
4."Dance Yourself to Death"
  • Cooper
  • Frank Crandall
3:08
5."Headlines" 3:18
Total length:28:29

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the Flush the Fashion liner notes. [4]

Production and artwork

Charts

Chart (1980)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [5] 44

Singles – Billboard (United States)

YearSingleChartPosition
1980"Clones (We're All)"Club Play Singles69
Pop Singles40
"Talk Talk"Pop Singles

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References

  1. Prato, Greg. "Flush the Fashion – Alice Cooper". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. 'Hanging with Mr. Cooper'; Phoenix New Times , June 20, 1996
  3. 'Clones (We're All)' performance data
  4. Flush the Fashion (CD booklet). Alice Cooper. Warner Bros. Records. 1980.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. "Alice Cooper Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2018.