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The early 80s weren't kind to Alice Cooper, but 'Dada' is a minor classic. With Bob Ezrin and Dick Wagner back onboard Alice produced possibly his most cerebral album which many fans rate amongst his best ever. Unfortunately Alice's alcohol intake had reached dangerous levels and instead of touring the album, he headed into hospital to clean up (for good this time) so the album received virtually no publicity and no songs from it have ever been performed live, which is great shame.


October 1983

  • Da Da (Ezrin) [4:45]
  • Enough's Enough (Cooper, Wagner, 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 (Cooper, Wagner, Shaw, Ezrin) [3:50]
  • Fresh Blood (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [5:54]
  • Pass The Gun Around (Cooper, Wagner) [5:46]

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Produced by Bob Ezrin

Executive Producer: Shep Gordon

Recorded at Phase One Studios, Toronto and ESP Studios, Buttonville

Arranged by Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin

Album Design: Pacific Eye and Ear

Front Cover Art: Glen McKenzie

Calligraphy: Ingrid Haenke

Back Cover Photography: William Sandidge

The Songs

Dali Original Much of the album was done using the CMJ Fairlight computer. For the most part, the drums are computer programs embellished with some live drumming.

The album cover for 'Dada' is based on part of a Salvador Dali painting called 'Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire'. The painting is an optical illusion which shows differing images depending on how you look at it. In the case of the 'Dada' cover you have either two images of Alice-like figures sitting down, or an old mans head.

'Dada' credits include "special thanks to Judge Joseph A Wapner". He was the judge on the 'Peoples Court' TV show. Alice was a fan of the show.

'I Love America': 'The Pocket Fisherman' was a tiny fishing rod and reel that was designed to fit in your pocket. 'Crazy glue' is basically the same thing as Super Glue. "I love the Beav and Wally, too!" is a reference to the American situation comedy 'Leave It To Beaver' which ran from 1957 to 1962.

Quotes:

Brian Nelson (January 1996):
(The old man on the back cover is..) Former Lee Warmer. Actually it's just a stock photo of an old guy.

Brian Nelson (January 1996) on the suggested profanity in 'Ebough's Enough':
"I think the lyrics on "Enough's Enough" were performed and mixed in a very deliberate manner as to confuse the issue (a little Bob Ezrin trickery.) Something like what Prince did on the song "Erotic City." The words on the Prince song are "We could funk until the dawn" but boy, does it sound like something else. And that song was played on almost every Top 40 station in the country - there were a few that played an edited version because of the controversy. I seem to recall Alice specifying that the lyrics were "Buck and buck" and that's how they appeared on the lyrics sheet."

Brian Nelson (May 1996)
The words "Desolation Row" in the lyrics for "Fresh Blood" are in a larger font then the rest of the lyrics. It's referring to the Bob Dylan song of the same name on his 'Highway 61 Revisited' album.

A Bit more background:

"I was a co-owner, along with Dee Long (of the band Klaatu) of ESP Studio in Buttonville. Alice was with us for over a month in the early 80's and he and I spent many hours together hoping Bob would stay busy in the studio rather than come out to the front of the old barn and tear Alice's head off for not having a lyric ready, that Bob liked. Many pages of very cool words were crumpled up and thrown in the bin..."
"It was an insane time with many many hours of grueling programming on the Fairlight CMI, that as it turned out, when the album was delivered to WB, they were not expecting them to record an album. They thought that Bob and Alice would just take the budget and that would contractually conclude the years of recording Alice did for the 'Formerly Warmer Bros.'"
"Alice and Bob and Dick were our first real clients in ESP Studio. They gave us credibility in the Toronto music business as well as teaching us all a million lessons in music, recording and especially Alice; life. I haven't seen him since 1981 or so. When I lived in England I tried to call him a number of times but never got through. In my career and in Dee's we never forget the role the 3 mad superstars played in our ever evolving musical lives!"
(John Jones, email September 1999)

Speculation Only:

Maybe "Enough's Enough" be a pseudo-autobiography? I remember that he said at the 1996 Motor City Music Awards: "I also want to thank a little 87 year old man that lives here in Detroit who played left handed Stratocaster way before Jimi Hendrix did. And that man is my uncle Vince who I was named after. He bought me my first rock and roll record which was "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry. And that was the first moment of Alice Cooper, I think, when I heard that record. That was something that was really impressing to me. Just the idea that somebody could sound like that."
There's a line in "Enough's Enough" which said "Hey Dad...Why'd you hide your brother?". I know it's a reference to Former Lee Warmer, but... Is it also an obscure reference to his own uncle? He was the one who initiated Alice into the rock and roll world. Wouldn't Alice's father have had a certain resentment about his brother for doing this with Little Vince Damon Furnier?"
(Sickthings, July 1996)

Known Releases

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Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

7599-23969-1

10/83

 

Warner Bros(cream label)

 

USA

Tape

9 23969-1

10/83

 

Warner Bros

 

USA

CD

 

1/2010

 

Collector's Choice

2010 Reissue

UK

LP

92-3696-1

10/83

93

Warner Bros

 

Australia

LP

23969-1

10/83

 

Warner Bros

 

Australia

CD

WMI 9239692

90

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

CD

WEA 923969-2

12/90

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

Tape

WEA 923969-4

12/90

 

Warner Bros

 

Canada

LP

92 39691

Warner Bros

Mexican

LP

LWB-6214

1983

 

Warner Bros

 

Asia?

LP

SK-7050

 

 

Shock

 

Tour

There was no Dada Tour