Flush The Fashion Era

Background

Flush The Fashion is the 12th Alice Cooper album and was released in 1980. The advent of a new decade saw Alice again take a different direction, embracing the popular punk scene of the time and ditching his iconic look (including makeup) in favour of a contemporary image. Sadly, he was was also beginning his ill-fated descent into cocaine addiction and was already beginning to look noticeable gaunt. For this reason, Flush The Fashion marks the beginning of his four-album-long 'Blackout' period, which he proclaims to have little or no memory of.   

 

Whilst the album contains the stand-out tracks Clones, Pain (which is as good as anything released by solo Alice) and Grim Facts, it suffers from prolonged boughts of mediocrity in the form of the likes of Talk Talk, Aspirin Damage, Nuclear Infected and Model Citizen, which whilst not bad, are very alternative. The less said about Leather Boots, however, the better.

 

History has actually been quite kind on this album, with its unique sound offering an insight into a cultural revolution and the life of Alice at the time. 

Flush The Fashion Album Cover

Flush The Fashion 12" Vinyl Album

1980, Warner Brothers, BSK 3436 DJ

This USA 12" promotional vinyl album comes in a simple card sleeve and features an 'Alice Cooper '80' logo and graffiti-style 'Flush The Fashion' text. The '80 was presumably added to herald Alice's career entering its 3rd decade. Also provided on the front cover is a round / gold 'PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE' stamp, which was also used on promotional copies of the From The Inside album. On the rear of the sleeve is an image of Alice (without make-up) holding a riding crop.

 

The inner sleeve features a further image of Alice holding a riding crop on the front and track listings, lyrics and credits on the back.

 

The disc features cream Warner Brother labels, which state 'THIS IS A PROMOTIONAL ITEM NOT FOR SALE'. The 'DJ' suffix added to the end of the product code also distinguishes the from USA stock copies (which state just 'BSK 3436').

 

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Flush The Fashion 12" Vinyl Album

1980, Warner Brothers, K56805

This UK 12" vinyl version of Flush The Fashion comes in a simple vinyl sleeve and features an inner sleeve containing track listings, lyrics and credits. The vinyl disc is provided with cream Warner Brothers labels.

 

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Flush The Fashion 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Rhino Entertainment, 603497860753

This European 140 gram vinyl re-issue of Flush The Fashion is almost identical to the original release (above) only that it now has a nice partially translucent 'Green Swirl' effect vinyl and associated hype sticker on the packaging. The disc features the familiar Warner Bros labels and was limited to 5,200 copies worldwide.

 

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Flush The Fashion 8-Track Album

1980, Warner Brothers, M8 3436

This USA 8-track album features a black cartridge and includes the original album cover artwork and track listings on the front. The wrap-around sticker also provides the product code on the side.

 

One notable aspect of this release is that the track order is different to the usual arrangement, with the majority of the them appearing out-of-place. Also, Grim Facts spans more than one of the 'programs' on the cartridge (meaning that it had interupted playback as the reading head changed position). This illustrates the limitations of this music format. 

 

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Flush The Fashion Cassette Album

1980, Warner Brothers, WB M5 3436

This USA cassette version of Flush The Fashion features a simple J-card containing abridged artwork, track listings and credits. Inside is a white tape with printed additional track listings.

 

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Flush The Fashion CD Album

1990, Warner Brothers, 7599 26229 2

This European CD version of Flush The Fashion comes in a jewel case and features an 8-page booklet containing track listings, lyrics and credits.

 

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NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and can be seen here.

Clones 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, P-570W

This Japanese 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with colour insert, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

The insert has a two-tone image of Alice, as featured on the inner sleeve of the Flush The Fashion album (above) but with additional Japanese hype text on the front and track listings, lyrics and credits on the back.

 

A stock copy of this release also exists, which is identical except that it features cream vinyl labels instead.

 

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Clones (We're All) 7" Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, WB 17598

This Dutch 7" vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve, features cream Warner Brothers labels, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

On the front of the sleeve is an image of Alice that originally featured on the the rear of the Flush The Fashion album sleeve (above) and on the back are track listings and promotional material for the Flush The Fashion album.

 

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Clones (We're All) 7" Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, 17598

This French 7" vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve, features cream Warner Brothers labels, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

The sleeve features the same image of Alice on both sides that originally appeared on the the rear of the Flush The Fashion album sleeve (above).

 

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Clones (We're All) 7" Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, K17598

This UK 7" vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve, features cream Warner Brothers labels, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

On the front of the sleeve is an image of Alice that originally featured on the the rear of the Flush The Fashion album sleeve (above) and on the back are track listings only.

 

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Clones (We're All) 7" Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, W17598

This Italian 7" vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve, features cream Warner Brothers labels, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

On the front of the sleeve is an image of Alice that originally featured on the the rear of the Flush The Fashion album sleeve (above) and on the back are track listings and promotional material for the Flush The Fashion album.

 

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Clones 12" Promotional Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, PRO-A-864

This USA 12" promotional vinyl single comes in a generic card sleeve (with cut-out label hole and hype sticker), features cream Warner Brothers labels, and includes Clones (We're All) on Side A and Model Citizen on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).

 

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Talk Talk 7" Vinyl Single

1980, Warner Brothers, WB 17697

This German 7" vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with an image of a casual-looking Alice on front and features Talk Talk on Side A and Dance Yourself To Death on Side B (both from the Flush The Fashion album).  

 

Talk Talk is a cover of the 1966 single by American garage rock band The Music Machine, and used to be played by the original Alice Cooper Group in their early days of existence.

 

On the front of the sleeve is an image of a casual-looking Alice and on the back is promotional material for releases by other artists of the time.

 

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Flush The Fashion Press Release

1980

This USA 4-page press release features an interview with Alice, who provides some interesting insights on the Flush The Fashion album, plus his recent appearance in the movie Roadie.

 

A notable remark from the unnamed author is that Alice "has never looked better" and was "fit, tan and trim". This is rather ironic given that this was around the time where Alice started to become addicted to cocaine and was already looking unhealthily thin.

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