Alice Cooper - Flush The Fashion (1980)

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Alice Cooper - Flush The Fashion (1980)

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Alice Cooper - Flush The Fashion (1980)

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Year : 1980
Style : Hard Rock , Glam Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, crutch and dueling sword , considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock.Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960s after Furnier moved from Detroit, Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage; The Rolling Stone Album Guide has called him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer".He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre".Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Album:

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.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”, 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.All tracks written by Alice Cooper, Davey Johnstone and Fred Mandel except where noted.Flush The Fashion kicked off what would become Alice Cooper's least successful decade, both musically and personally. Tormented by various addictions and functioning erratically at best, the emaciated and errant Alice decided yet again to pursue a different sound for his 12th album.Alice wrote most of these songs in conjunction with Elton John's longtime guitarist, Davey Johnstone, and his future keyboardist, Fred Mandel. This unusual combination results in an album that can best be described as The Best of The Cars Sung by Alice Cooper (with just a dose of Huey Lewis & The News). As distinctly dissimilar from Alice's past work as such a thing sounds, the formula pays off for the first half of the album; the jangly guitars and prominent synth lines of "Talk Talk" and "Clones (We're All)" suggest that Alice could have a future here. His vocals might be unusually clean and the songs might be surprisingly friendly, but Alice is a true chameleon; he wears many colors and he wears them well, for the most part. The main question is which colors deserve wearing.The back cover reveals the source of this New Wave experiment: an uncomfortably clean-cut Alice Cooper sporting fully-tamed hair, a noticeable absence of makeup, and a lot less Alice than we're used to seeing. 1980 was not a good year for Alice, as evidenced by his corpse-like stare and fractured sense of self. He had no real band to speak of, and was fighting a losing battle with his career; the strong themes of missing identity in these songs offer insight into his mindset.As an Alice Cooper album, Flush The Fashion makes no sense whatsoever. As an artifact of the New Wave tide that rose to prominence around that time, it sounds very dated, but not altogether kitschy; reasonably old-fashioned, but not drowned by being shackled to a fleeting point in time. A few gems like "Pain" still have charm, and after some time to assimilate it, the album isn't all that bad.Yet, when all is said and done, this album cannot defend itself from criticism. The gaily flourishing flute effects of "Model Citizen," semi-autobiographical misery of "Aspirin Damage," and uninspired selection of off-the-rack rock riffs do nothing but reinforce the unfortunate impression of a disinterested Alice on autopilot. Flush The Fashion, for its occasional successes, runs out of life quickly and, likely because of his questionable involvement, poorly captures Alice's true spirit and personality. It stands more as a forgotten point of interest that hardcore fans might find appealing than anything else.

Line Up:

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

Production:

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

Tracklist:

01. Talk Talk [The Music Machine cover]
02. Clones (We're All)
03. Pain
04. Leather Boots
05. Aspirin Damage
06. Nuclear Infected
07. Grim Facts
08. Model Citizen
09. Dance Yourself To Death
10. Headlines


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