Flush the Fashion

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Flush the Fashion
Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released April 28, 1980
Recorded 1979 - 1980
Genre Rock, hard rock, new wave
Length 28:29
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Alice Cooper chronology
From the Inside
(1978)
Flush the Fashion
(1980)
Special Forces
(1981)

Flush the Fashion is the twelfth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1980, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker. Musically, the album was a drastic change of style for Cooper, leaning towards a new wave influence. Though the lead single "Clones (We're All)" only touched the Billboard Top 40, the album was Cooper's most successful album in three years and is widely considered by fans as a hidden gem in his musical catalogue.

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. At the time of Flush the Fashion, Cooper’s alcohol problems, for which he had gone into a sanitarium in 1978, had recurred, though unlike his following three albums Cooper has recollection – if not perfect – of making Flush the Fashion.[1]

Cooper did tour the album to the United States and Mexico City during 1980, playing “Clones”, “Talk Talk”, “Pain”, “Model Citizen”, “Grim Facts”, “Dance Yourself to Death” and “Nuclear Infected” on a regular basis. The first five songs remained part of the setlist for the Special Forces tour a year later. Apart from “Clones”,[2] of which there were a few irregular performances between 1996 and 2003 and which was a regular part of Cooper’s setlist during the 2011 ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ tour, nothing from Flush the Fashion has been performed live since 1982.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alice Cooper, Davey Johnstone and Fred Mandel except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Talk Talk"   Sean Bonniwell 2:09
2. "Clones (We're All)"   David Carron 3:03
3. "Pain"     4:06
4. "Leather Boots"   Geoff Westen 1:36
5. "Aspirin Damage"     2:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(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

Personnel[edit]

  • Alice Cooper - vocals
  • Davey Johnstone - guitar
  • Fred Mandel - keyboards, guitar
  • Dennis Conway - drums
  • John Cooker Lopresti - bass guitar
  • Howard Kaylan - background vocals
  • Mark Volman - background vocals
  • Keith Allison - background vocals
  • Joe Pizzulo - background vocals
  • Ricky Tierney - background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Roy Thomas Baker
  • Engineer: Ian Taylor
  • Assistant Engineer: John Weaver

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 44

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Clones (We're All)" Club Play Singles 69
Pop Singles 40
"Talk Talk" Pop Singles -

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