Force It

Force It is the fourth studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in 1975. It became their first album to chart in the United States.

Force It
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1975
RecordedMorgan Studios and Wessex Sound Studios, London
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerLeo Lyons
UFO chronology
Force It
No Heavy Petting
Singles from Force It
  1. "Shoot Shoot" / "Love Lost Love"
    Released: 1975
  2. "High Flyer" / "Let It Roll"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]

The album was produced by Ten Years After bass player Leo Lyons. Another Ten Years After member, Chick Churchill, played keyboards, the first use of that instrument on a UFO record.

The CD reissue was remastered at Sound Recording Technology, Cambridge in 1994.

Album cover

The somewhat controversial original cover was designed by Hipgnosis, as were almost all other UFO albums of the 1970s. The nudity on the cover verged on breaching decency standards and the genders of the couple in the bathtub were not known for several years. The models were later revealed to be Genesis P-Orridge and his bandmate Cosey Fanni Tutti, both later of the influential industrial band Throbbing Gristle.[3] The artwork was softened for the initial US release, making the couple in the bathtub transparent. The cover is a pun — there are multiple taps (British English) or "faucets" (US English) in the picture, which is a play on the album's title.

Critical reception

Reviewing the LP in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Heavy metal that's not hard to take? What? Well, the whole first side moves to smartly you could almost mistake it for rock and roll."[2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Michael Schenker and Phil Mogg, except where noted.

Side one
1."Let It Roll" 3:57
2."Shoot Shoot"Schenker, Mogg, Pete Way, Andy Parker3:40
3."High Flyer" 4:08
4."Love Lost Love" 3:21
5."Out in the Street"Way, Mogg5:18
Side two
6."Mother Mary"Schenker, Mogg, Way, Parker3:49
7."Too Much of Nothing"Way4:02
8."Dance Your Life Away" 3:35
9."This Kid's" (including "Between the Walls", written by Schenker) 6:13
2007 CD reissue bonus tracks
10."A Million Miles" (previously unreleased)4:49
11."Mother Mary" (live)4:04
12."Out in the Street" (live)5:12
13."Shoot Shoot" (live)3:48
14."Let It Roll" (live)4:59
15."This Kid's" (live)4:19


Additional musicians


Billboard (United States)[5]

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 71


  1. Rivadavia, Eduardo. "UFO Force It review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  2. Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: U". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 17, 2019 via
  3. Jensen, K. Thor (27 April 2011). "Awesome Borderline Pornographic Album Covers". UGO Networks. Archived from the original on 29 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  4. Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. "Force It Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
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