I Am the Future

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"I Am The Future"
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Italian single cover
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Zipper Catches Skin
B-side
  • "Tag, You're It" (US)
  • "Zorro's Ascent" (Europe)
Released August 1982 (US)
March 1983 (Europe)
Format 7-inch
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length3:29 - Album Version
3:45 - Remix Version
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Gary Osborne, Lalo Schifrin
Producer(s) Alice Cooper, Steve Tyrell
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"For Britain Only"
(1982)
"I Am The Future"
(1982)
"I Like Girls"
(1982)

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