Flush the Fashion

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Flush the Fashion
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1980 (1980-04-28)
StudioCherokee (Hollywood)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker
Alice Cooper chronology
From the Inside
Flush the Fashion
Special Forces
Singles from Flush the Fashion
  1. "Clones (We're All)"
    Released: April 1980
  2. "Talk Talk"
    Released: September 1980 [2]

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. Clocking in at 28 minutes, Flush the Fashion has the shortest running time of any of Cooper's albums.


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 subsequent three studio albums, Cooper has some recollection – if not perfect – of making Flush the Fashion.[3]

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 of Cooper's albums from between 1976 and 1983, have rarely been performed live. The only cases have been:

  • "Clones (We're All)",[4] 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", which was part of "A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper" tour in 2018.

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]

The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that Cooper "bottomed out ... [with] a half-hearted new-wave makeover."[6]

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 Crandall
5."Headlines" 3:18
Total length:28:34


Credits are adapted from the Flush the Fashion liner notes.[7]


Production and artwork


Chart (1980) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report)[8] 32
US Billboard 200[9] 44


  1. ^ "11 Classic Rockers Who Went New Wave For One Album". VH1.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Alice cooper singles".
  3. ^ 'Hanging with Mr. Cooper' Archived 2014-10-27 at the Wayback Machine; Phoenix New Times, June 20, 1996
  4. ^ 'Clones (We're All)' performance data
  5. ^ Prato, Greg. "Flush the Fashion – Alice Cooper". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 10.
  7. ^ Flush the Fashion (CD booklet). Alice Cooper. Warner Bros. Records. 1980.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 92. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Alice Cooper Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2018.

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