10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1981 album continued Alice Cooper’s commercial fall for a few reasons: 1.) rock ’n’ roll had begun a slide into a morass of synths and drum machines, and 2.) Alice was drinking with even greater gusto. Despite new wavey undercurrents, early ’80s–sounding radio grabs like “Skeletons in the Closet” and “Don’t Talk Old to Me” upheld the Coop’s black humor, and “Prettiest Cop on the Block” would’ve fit snugly into any Alice era. Better, Cooper’s “Seven and Seven Is” rivals Love’s original (no mean feat!), and “Who Do You Think We Are” is an all-time Cooper best. You’ve got to love a guy who flippantly nods, mocks, and preens along with his own inner narcissist (as on “You Look Good in Rags”) with a wit that had little in common with the year’s hit pop music. Such tunes proved the Coop too smart for his own good. The album stiffed, but the hardcore fans understood—any Alice effort bettered most albums by anyone else.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1981 album continued Alice Cooper’s commercial fall for a few reasons: 1.) rock ’n’ roll had begun a slide into a morass of synths and drum machines, and 2.) Alice was drinking with even greater gusto. Despite new wavey undercurrents, early ’80s–sounding radio grabs like “Skeletons in the Closet” and “Don’t Talk Old to Me” upheld the Coop’s black humor, and “Prettiest Cop on the Block” would’ve fit snugly into any Alice era. Better, Cooper’s “Seven and Seven Is” rivals Love’s original (no mean feat!), and “Who Do You Think We Are” is an all-time Cooper best. You’ve got to love a guy who flippantly nods, mocks, and preens along with his own inner narcissist (as on “You Look Good in Rags”) with a wit that had little in common with the year’s hit pop music. Such tunes proved the Coop too smart for his own good. The album stiffed, but the hardcore fans understood—any Alice effort bettered most albums by anyone else.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Alice #1 Fan ,

Rock, Punk Rock, & New Wave All In One!!!

I remember this recording very clearly and now after 15 years as a US Army Special Forces soldier and 23 years of sevice I find "Who Do You Think We Are" extremely amusing. It reminds me of some of the officers I have met over the years. "Seven & Seven Is" rocks, "Greneration Landslide 81" is just as hot as it was with the original AC band. "You Look Good in Rags" is a favorite and one of the rockers on this record. All other selections are very punk rockish & new wave. Good songs but you have to be a true AC fan to really enjoy them. Buy it!!!

StayFrosty92 ,

Alice Cooper-Special Forces In An Iron Car

Alice Cooper is by far one of the best there is. Special Forces was one of those albums that Alice tried to take more of a brutaler rock style. This album is not really known because it was made in england and never really got shown around the U.S. My favorite song is Prettiest Cop On The Block. I say to get this one if you really want the older and creepier Alice

Derrick

LoveItToDeath ,

One of Alice's best new wave albums

Yes, this was one of those albums from the early eighties when Alice tried to do new wave. A huge Alice Cooper fan, I liked most of these albums. But this one is probably the second best of those, just behind Flush the Fashion. The best songs are Prettiest cop on the block, skeletons in the closet, you look good in rags, Your a movie, and Vicious rumors. Very good, not essential, but pretty close.

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