Friday, February 12, 2016

76. Alice Cooper - DaDa

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A detail of the head of Voltaire, the French philosopher from the image above reveals that his face is formed by the figure of two merchants sitting at a slave market.

Slave Market with the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire is considered one of Salvador Dali’s most effective double image paintings. 

According to Dali, “Voltaire possessed a peculiar kind of thought that was the most refined, most rational, most sterile, and
misguided  not only in  France but in the entire world.”  He felt that Voltaire’s  philosophy of rational thought  enslaved the
mind to the ordinary and stripped life of its mysteries. More

The cover of DaDa, Alice Cooper's fifteenth studio album and his last with Warner Brothers, is based on the painting by the
Spanish Surrealist  painter Salvador Dali. It has now been revealed that Cooper had relapsed to drinking  heavily during the
recording of DaDa,  and had suggested  that the album  was a contract  fulfilment requirement for which  Warner Brothers
was not pleased.  Cooper reportedly has no recollection of recording DaDa due to substance abuse.  Cooper stated “I wrote
them, recorded  them and I don’t remember much  of any of that”.  In 1996 Cooper 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. Full article

This is the original album cover art design.

Album produced by Bob Ezrin. Warner Brothers 1983.

Salvador Dali's own work has had no apparent references to Dada as an anti-art movement.

On the other hand, Dada or Dadaism
was a form of artistic anarchy born out of disgust for the social, political and cultural values of the time. It embraced elements
of art, music, poetry,  theatre, dance and politics.  Dada was not so much a style of art like Cubism or Fauvism;  it was more a
protest movement with an anti-establishment manifesto. More

(A) Dada - Enough's Enough - Former Lee Warmer - No Man's Land - Dyslexia

(B) Scarlet & Sheba - I Love America - Fresh Blood - Pass the Gun Around

Scarlet & Sheeba music video from Ricky Cooper on YouTube.