|Studio album by Alice Cooper|
|Released||September 28, 1983|
|Genre||Rock, hard rock, new wave, experimental|
|Alice Cooper chronology|
DaDa is the fifteenth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1983. 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 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 Salvador Dalí titled “Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire”.
DaDa reached #93 in the UK and 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.
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”, though in fact he toured only Special Forces. In fact, Cooper in 1996 said that DaDa was the scariest album he ever made, 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.
Dick Wagner has suggested that DaDa was a contract fulfillment requirement for which Warner Bros. Records was not pleased and consequently made no effort to promote, 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.
Recorded at ESP Studios in Buttonville, Ontario, Canada.
"DaDa" is claimed to be 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". The Ep contains the first cover ever recorded of "Pass The Gun Around", a live favourite for The Mugshots.
- “DaDa” (Bob Ezrin) – 4:45
- “Enough's Enough” (Cooper, Dick Wagner, Graham Shaw, Ezrin) – 4:19
- “Former Lee Warmer” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 4:07
- “No Man’s Land” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 3:51
- “Dyslexia” (Cooper, Wagner, Shaw, Ezrin) – 4:25
- “Scarlet and Sheba” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 5:18
- “I Love America” (Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Graham Shaw, Bob Ezrin) – 3:50
- “Fresh Blood” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) – 5:54
- “Pass the Gun Around” (Cooper, Wagner) – 5:46
- Alice Cooper – Vocals, Arranger
- Dick Wagner – Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Arranger, Associate Producer
- Bob Ezrin – Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Fairlight
- Sarah Ezrin - DaDa
- Prakash John (Credited as "John Prakash") – Bass on "Fresh Blood"
- Richard Kolinka – Drums on "Former Lee Warmer," "Scarlet and Sheba," and "Pass the Gun Around"
- John Anderson – Drums on "Fresh Blood"
- Lisa DalBello – Additional vocals
- Karen Hendricks – Additional vocals
- Dee Long - Fairlight, Engineer
- John Jones (record producer) - Assistant to Dee Long & Alice Cooper
- Lenny DeRose – Engineer
- Robert "Ringo" Hrycyna – Engineer, Assistant Producer, Assistant in Toronto
- Glen McKenzie – Front cover art
- Ingrid Haenke – Calligraphy
- Pacific Eye & Ear - Album design
- William Sandidge - Back cover photography
- Brian "Renfield" Nelson - Assistant to the Master
- Carol Saxton - Assistant in Toronto
- Shep Gordon – Executive Producer