Special Forces (Alice Cooper album)

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Special Forces
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Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released September 1981
Genre Rock, hard rock, new wave
Length 34:51
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Richard Podolor
Alice Cooper chronology
Flush the Fashion
(1980)
Special Forces
(1981)
Zipper Catches Skin
(1982)

Special Forces is the 13th studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1981, and was produced by Richard Podolor, most famous as the producer for Three Dog Night. Singles included “You Want It, You Got It”, “Who Do You Think We Are” and “Seven and Seven Is”. Flo and Eddie, former members of The Turtles, performers, and radio personalities, performed on this album.[1]

Alice Cooper appeared on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder to promote the album, being interviewed (in full military-drag make-up) and playing live versions of “Who Do You Think We Are” and “Seven and Seven Is”. Cooper toured Special Forces through USA, Canada, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, but other than the aforementioned songs he played no further Special Forces songs live, except for snippets of “Vicious Rumours” at a few shows in the US and Scotland.[2] With the exception of “Who Do You Think We Are”, which was a regular part of setlists during the Eyes of Alice Cooper tour in 2004,[3] nothing from Special Forces has been performed live since 1982.[3]

French television special Alice Cooper a Paris was recorded in January 1982, before the start of the Special Forces European tour - Cooper's first tour of Europe since 1975. The tour was a major success.

Special Forces is the first of three albums which Alice refers to as his "blackout" albums, followed by Zipper Catches Skin, and DaDa, as he has no recollection of recording them, due to substance abuse. Cooper stated “I wrote them, recorded them and toured them and I don’t remember much of any of that”,[4] though in fact he toured only Special Forces.[3]

The Special Forces tour, ending in February 1982, would be Cooper's last for over four years, as he succumbed to the abuse of freebase cocaine and a subsequent relapse of alcoholism, until his return to the road in October 1986 with "The Nightmare Returns" tour.

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

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Who Do You Think We Are"   Alice Cooper, Duane Hitchings 4:21
2. "Seven and Seven Is"   Arthur Lee 2:41
3. "Prettiest Cop on the Block"   Cooper, Davey Johnstone, Fred Mandel 3:13
4. "Don't Talk Old to Me"   Cooper, Johnstone, Mandel 2:54
5. "Generation Landslide ‘81" (live) Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith 3:50
6. "Skeletons in the Closet"   Cooper, Hitchings 3:42
7. "You Want It, You Got It"   Cooper, Erik Scott, Craig Krampf, Billy Steele, Eric Kaz 3:15
8. "You Look Good in Rags"   Cooper, Hitchings 3:35
9. "You’re a Movie"   Cooper, Hitchings 3:37
10. "Vicious Rumours"   Cooper, Hitchings, Scott, Mike Pinera 3:43

“Look at You Over There, Ripping the Sawdust from My Teddybear”, was listed on the album packaging, but was removed by Cooper from the album itself before the release, as he felt it didn't fit with the overall theme. It was later released in demo form on the 1999 box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, and again in demo form on the 2010 reissue of Special Forces. There is a completed studio version of the song which remains unreleased.

Seven and Seven Is” was a cover of Love's original, written by Arthur Lee.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 125
1981 UK Album Charts 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flo & Eddie. "Flo & Eddie - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  2. ^ Gray, Iain; “Apollo, Glasgow: Alice Cooper”; in The Glasgow Herald; February 22, 1982; p. 4
  3. ^ a b c Alice Cooper Tour Archive
  4. ^ Love And Poison, An Alice Cooper Interview
  5. ^ Prato, Greg. "Special Forces - Alice Cooper". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 September 2014.