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1920, from French dada "hobbyhorse," child's nonsense word, selected 1916 by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), leader of the movement, for its resemblance to meaningless babble.Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE. [T. Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]\nRelated: Dadaist; Dadaism.


n. A cultural movement that began in,%20Switzerland during and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (mainly poetry), theatre, and graphic design, and was characterized by nihilism, deliberate irrationality, disillusionment, cynicism, chance, randomness, and the rejection of the prevailing standards in art.

  1. n. an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk [syn: dad, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pater, pop]

  2. a nihilistic art movement (especially in painting) that flourished in Europe early in the 20th century; based on irrationality and negation of the accepted laws of beauty [syn: dadaism]


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, 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 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.

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.

Guitarist and co-songwriter Dick Wagner recently revealed that Cooper had relapsed to drinking heavily during the recording of DaDa, and had suggested that the album 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.

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 he toured only Special Forces. 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.

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.

Dada (band)

Dada is a three piece rock band from California (United States). The band is made up of Michael Gurley (guitar/co-lead vocals), Joie Calio (bass/co-lead vocals) and Phil Leavitt (drums).

The band's songs feature both Michael and Joie sharing the vocals on each song. The group write highly melodic, harmony laden tunes, and their constant touring with two and a half to three hour performances has won them a wide fanbase.

Dada (disambiguation)

Dada, or Dadaism, was a cultural movement. Dada is also another name for father.

It may also refer to:

Dada (2000 film)

Dada is an action Hindi film made in 2000. A revenge drama, with Mithun in the lead role.

Dada (2005 film)

Dada is an action Bengali film made in 2005. A revenge tale, with Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role. It is a remake of the 2002 Hit Telugu film Indra.

Dada (song)

"Dada" is a Japanese-language song by Japanese rock band Radwimps, released on January 12, 2011 as the first of two singles leading up to the band's sixth album, Zettai Zetsumei.

The single debuted at number one on Oricon's single charts, and in terms of physical sales, "Dada" is the band's most commercially successful single as of 2011.

Dada (Dada album)

Dada is the self-titled, fourth full-length studio album by alternative rock group dada, and their debut album for MCA Records. In the U.S., it was released on September 8, 1998. dada charted at number 32 on the Billboard Heatseeker Albums chart.

"California Gold" was released as the first single from the album. Later in 1998, "Information Undertow" was distributed to radio stations as a promotional single.

Dada (1979 film)

Dada is a 1979 Hindi Bollywood film direct and producer by Jugal Kishore, starring Vinod Mehra, Bindiya Goswami, Amjad Khan and Shashi Puri. It was Declared a Hit, earning 1,35,00,000 at the Box Office.

Usage examples of "dada".

I took the glasses back from Chubby and watched Suleiman Dada emerge from the cabin and make a laborious ascent to the open bridge.

From the corner of my eye I saw Chubby fall, and then Suleiman Dada began to swing the rifle back towards me.

Ike, who ran a surf shop called Dada Kine out at Pleasure Point in south Santa Cruz.

The Neoper-ceptionists regarded themselves as the avant-garde movement of literary modernism and professed an interest in all manner of contemporary European art credos, including Dada and Surrealism.

Extrañaba muchísimo a sus amigos y sabía sin amargura que éstos no lo extrañaban, dada su invencible reserva.

Alguna quiere que nos dé la cifra a que están reducidos los fieles, lo cual es irrisorio pero profético, porque la Secta, dada su perversa doctrina, está predestinada a la muerte.

In retrospect, it's easy enough for us to see how Debierue captured the hearts and minds of the remaining Dadaists who were gradually, one by one, dropping out of Dada and losing their hard-earned recognition to the burgeoning Surrealists.

I felt that way when I went home with Dadas though I wasn't a man any more.

One_ postdated Dada and predated Surrealism, thereby providing a one-man bridge between the two major art movements of this century.

That's the entire point of Dada, and of most of the other postwar art movements.

Actresses with long cigarette holders, writers under big-brimmed hats, glossy film stars from the UFA studios, carefully retouched prima donnas of the State Opera, artists of the Dada movement, trapeze performers from the Wintergarten and nightclub singers from long-vanished clip joints.

He sticks with us for half a circuit, by which time I've learnt that he's the type of burglar our probation officer, Lisa Dada, so despises.