Flush the Fashion

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Flush the Fashion
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1980
Recorded1979 - 1980
GenreRock, hard rock, new wave
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker
Alice Cooper chronology
From the Inside
Flush the Fashion
Special Forces
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Flush the Fashion is the fifth solo album by singer Alice Cooper, released in April 28, 1980, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker. Musically, the album was a drastic change of style for Cooper, leaning towards a new wave influence. The lead single "Clones (We're All)" reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40.


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”, “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:

  • “Clones”,[3] of which there were a few irregular performances between 1996 and 2003 and was a regular part of Cooper’s setlist during the 2011-2012 ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ tour
  • "Pain", which was regular on Cooper's 2017 'Spend The Night With Alice Cooper' tour, and
  • "Grim Facts" with was part of "A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper" in 2018.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one flush the fashion suite 13:51
1."Talk Talk"Sean Bonniwell2:09
2."Clones (We're All)"David Carron3:03
3."Pain" 4:06
4."Leather Boots"Geoff Westen1:36
5."Aspirin Damage" 2:57
Side two
1."Nuclear Infected" 2:14
2."Grim Facts" 3:24
3."Model Citizen" 2:39
4."Dance Yourself to Death"Cooper, Frank Crandall3:08
5."Headlines" 3:18


  • Alice Cooper - vocals
  • Davey Johnstone - guitar
  • Fred Mandel - keyboards, guitar
  • Dennis Conway - drums
  • John Cooker Lopresti - bass guitar



Chart (1980) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 44

Singles - Billboard (United States)

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


  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. ^ "Alice Cooper Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2018.