DaDa

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DaDa
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1983
StudioESP Studios, Buttonville, Ontario, Canada
Genre
Length42:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Zipper Catches Skin
(1982)
DaDa
(1983)
Constrictor
(1986)
Singles from DaDa
  1. "I Love America [1] "
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
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DaDa is the eighth solo album by Alice Cooper. It was originally released in September 28, 1983, on the label Warner Bros.. DaDa would be Cooper's last album until his sober re-emergence in 1986 with the album Constrictor . The album's theme is ambiguous, however, ongoing themes in the songs' lyrics suggest that the main character in question, Sonny, suffers from mental illness, resulting in the creation of many different personalities. The album alludes strongly to the dadaist movement. Its cover was based on a painting by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí titled "Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire". Produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin, at the time his first production with Cooper in six years, DaDa was recorded at ESP Studios in Buttonville, Ontario, Canada.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Sobriety continued abstinence from alcohol and other psychoactive substances

Sobriety is the condition of not having any measurable levels or effects from alcohol or drugs. Sobriety is also considered to be the natural state of a human being given at a birth. A person in a state of sobriety is considered sober. In a treatment setting, sobriety is the achieved goal of independence from consuming alcohol. As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. Early in abstinence, residual effects of alcohol consumption can preclude sobriety. These effects are labeled "PAWS," or "post acute withdrawal syndrome." Someone who abstains, but has a latent desire to resume use, is not considered truly sober. An abstainer may be subconsciously motivated to resume alcohol consumption, but for a variety of reasons, abstains. Sobriety has more specific meanings within specific contexts, such as the culture of many substance use recovery programs, law enforcement, and some schools of psychology. In some cases, sobriety implies achieving "life balance."

Contents

DaDa peaked at No. 93 in the UK but failed to dent the US Billboard Top 200. "I Love America" was released as a single solely in the UK over a month after the album's release.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Guitarist and co-songwriter Dick Wagner revealed in 2014 that Cooper had relapsed to drinking heavily during the recording of DaDa, [3] and had suggested that the album was a contract fulfillment requirement for which Warner Bros. was not pleased and consequently made no effort to promote, [4] though Warner Bros. has never confirmed or denied this. This and other details, like the real-life cocktail waitresses that inspired "Scarlet and Sheba" are in his autobiography Not Only Women Bleed. [5]

Richard Allen "Dick" Wagner was an American rock music guitarist, songwriter and author best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and KISS. He also fronted his own Michigan-based bands, The Frost and The Bossmen.

Cooper reportedly has no recollection of recording DaDa, or the preceding albums Special Forces and Zipper Catches Skin , due to substance abuse. Cooper stated "I wrote them, recorded them and toured them and I don't remember much of any of that", [6] though he toured only Special Forces. [7] In 1996 Cooper said that DaDa was the scariest album he ever made, [8] and that he never had any idea what it was about. There was no tour to promote DaDa, and none of its songs have ever been played live.

<i>Special Forces</i> (Alice Cooper album) 1981 studio album by Alice Cooper

Special Forces is the sixth solo album by Alice Cooper, released in 1981, and was produced by Richard Podolor, most famous as the producer for Three Dog Night. Singles included “You Want It, You Got It”, “Who Do You Think We Are” and “Seven and Seven Is”. Flo and Eddie, former members of The Turtles, performers, and radio personalities, performed on this album.

<i>Zipper Catches Skin</i> 1982 studio album by Alice Cooper

Zipper Catches Skin is the seventh solo album by Alice Cooper, released in 1982.

Substance abuse Use of a drug in amounts or by methods harmful to the user or others

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder. Widely differing definitions of drug abuse are used in public health, medical and criminal justice contexts. In some cases criminal or anti-social behaviour occurs when the person is under the influence of a drug, and long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. In addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, use of some drugs may also lead to criminal penalties, although these vary widely depending on the local jurisdiction.

DaDa was Cooper’s final album for his long-time label Warner Bros., and after its release he took a three-year hiatus from the music industry.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."DaDa" Bob Ezrin 4:45
2."Enough's Enough"4:19
3."Former Lee Warmer"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Ezrin
4:07
4."No Man's Land"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Ezrin
3:51
5."Dyslexia"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Shaw
  • Ezrin
4:25
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Scarlet and Sheba"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Ezrin
5:18
7."I Love America"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Shaw
  • Ezrin
3:50
8."Fresh Blood"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
  • Ezrin
5:54
9."Pass the Gun Around"
  • Cooper
  • Wagner
5:46
Total length:42:15

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. [9]

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.

Additional personnel
Production

Influence

DaDa is cited as [10] the main inspiration behind the birth of the Italian Dark/Shock Rock band the Mugshots, the first ever European band produced by Dick Wagner, who is also featured on "Love, Lust And Revenge". That EP contains the first cover ever recorded of "Pass the Gun Around", a live favourite for the Mugshots.

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References

  1. https://www.discogs.com/Alice-Cooper-I-Love-America/release/4662745
  2. Hill, Gary. "Dada - Alice Cooper". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. "Albums Unleashed - DaDa w/Dick Wagner (Ep. 134)" audio interview
  4. Interview with Dick Wagner
  5. "Dick Wagner on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  6. Love And Poison, An Alice Cooper Interview
  7. Alice Cooper Tour Archive
  8. Dominic, Serene; "Hanging with Mr. Cooper"; in Phoenix New Times ; June 20, 1996
  9. DaDa liner notes. Warner Bros. Records. 1983.
  10. Mugshots Biography