Decibel Geek Podcast

This week Aaron and Chris launch the first installment of a brand new series for the Decibel Geek podcast with Albums Unleashed. The stories behind the songs, circumstances, and creative process from a major player in an album's creation. And to start things off, we're covering Alice Cooper's DaDa album with special guest Dick Wagner.

 

Released in 1983, DaDa was, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival due to being the final album in Cooper's contract with Warner Brothers as well as the out-of-the-box style of songs. Part art-rock, part esoteric/theatrical concept, DaDa's synthesizer-infused production combined with a healthy amount of humor crossed with dark subject matter left 1983 audiences confused; and they weren't the only ones.

 

The early 80's were a self-professed "blackout" period for Alice Cooper with the rocker going as far as saying that he barely even remembers the songwriting process or production of this album. Cooper's lack of recollection has led many die-hard Cooper fans to create their own theories as to the concept behind DaDa. Guitarist/composer Dick Wagner, a longtime collaborator of Alice's, was the principal songwriter on this album and was kind enough, while in Nashville in May of 2014, to sit down with Aaron and Chris to discuss the entire album track by track and memory by memory.

 

In this discussion, Wagner shares his memories of the difficult 

that led to getting Alice to come to ESP Studios in Buttonville Ontario from his Pheonix home to join he and producer Bob Ezrin in the making of DaDa. Alice's alcohol abuse hit record highs during this period and Dick shares his recollections of their songwriting and recording process that led to the songs on the album.

 

From the creepy title track's intro that features producer Ezrin aping a psychiatrist talking to Cooper as DaDa's featured character over a bed of strange reverberating sounds and the voice of a child calling out for its father to the dark tale of self-destructive realization that is album closer 'Pass the Gun Around,' Wagner tells the story of the album's basic concept.

Alice during DaDa Seesions
ESP Studios Buttonville, Ontario
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During this in-depth discussion of 1983's DaDa, Dick Wagner reveals the inspiration for the man-in-the-attic track 'Former Lee Warmer' and how, while it has horror opera feel, it's true roots lie in a bad business realtionship with Alice's record label.

 

A fantastic fan-created theory of the albums concept and storyline was written online in 2008 for Ultimate-Guitar.com by a user named madpaperboy89. Aaron and Chris were so intrigued by the review that they read parts of it to Dick to get his take on it. As you'll hear in the discussion, the writer was spot-on in parts.

MCI Console
ESP Studios Buttonville, Ontario
copyright 2007 johnjones.com

 

As you'll hear in this installment of Albums Unleashed, DaDa still holds a very special place in Dick Wagner's heart and it's finally earning some much-deserved attention after all these years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a certain segment of the population, April 20th is a very significant day. If you don't partake of a sticky green plant that has certain psychological stimulating qualities, you don't know what I'm talking about.

 

This week Aaron and Chris celebrate 420 in the most fitting Decibel Geek way; by spinning some of their favorite rocking songs that pay tribute to the enjoyment of ganja (aka marijuana). Tracks from Bulletboys, Enuff Z'nuff, Ace Frehley, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath and more are included. Light 'em up!

 

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Motley Crue

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Steppenwolf

Bulletboys

Ace Frehley

Rush

GWAR

Jimmie's Chicken Shack

Great White

Black Sabbath

 

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Every year, the high seas get rocked a little harder during this time of year and 2014 was no exception. The Monsters of Rock Cruise featured around 40 Decibel Geek-worth artists performing rotating sets in the Bahamas aboard the massive MSC Divina cruise ship and our very own Rich "The Meister" Dillon was on board to take it all in.

 

Rich "Meister" Dillon came through Nashville on his way back from the Monsters of Rock cruise to join Aaron, Chris, and Decibel Geek writer Andy Lafon for a discussion of all of the music, atmosphere, and debauchery that took place on the high seas. Underscoring this conversation is music from artists aboard the ship such as Cinderella, Killer Dwarfs, Winger, Red Dragon Cartel, and a bunch more. Dig it!

 

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If you're anywhere near America during this time of year, the term "March Madness" seems to permeate the air. The NCAA basketball tournament becomes the sports centerpiece for the entire month of March and sports and non-sports fans escape into office pools of their own brackets in an attempt to prove their sports knowledge. The musical equivalent of this takes place on (crappy) radio stations across the land; with stations assigning bands in the bracket spots and letting listeners vote on who should be crowned the champ. 

 

This week Aaron and Chris take a rock band bracket list and go head-to-head in a discussion/argument over what happens when you pit these bands against each other. Some of these matchups and picks will anger you, make you laugh, question our sanity. Either way, it's a fun, laid-back talk between Aaron and Chris and more indisputable evidence that radio absolutely, positively sucks.

 

Geeks of the Week:

Facebook:

Matt Ashcraft, Todd Cunningham, Chris Karam, Rick Shaw, Derik Novak, Patrick Johnson, Brian N Shawna Evans, Rodney Dickson, Shane Hebert, Jason Thomas Broadrick

 

Twitter:

Nick Rose (belated), Cassius Morris, Jason Wood, Nonsensicast Radio, Mojo Dave, The Pod Mafia,

 

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We're back this week to discuss the second half of the year that was 1994. Tracks from Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam, Stone Roses, Annihilator, Peter Criss, Machine Head, Cinderella, Megadeth, and a ton more.

 

Geeks of the Week:

Facebook: Patrick  Johnson, Adam Smith, Matt Ashcraft, Todd Cunningham, Chris Karam, Rich Dillon, Wally Norton, Robert De Pasqua, Billy Hardaway, Music is my Religion, Kisstory Science Theatre, Jason Thomas Broadrick,

Twitter: Derik Novak, The Pod Mafia, Mojo Dave, Andrew Jacobs, Keith Doyle, Jason T. Broadrick

 

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Intro Song:

Sponge– Plowed – Rotting Pinata (8/2)

 

Facts & Figures:

Movie Ticket $4.08 Average cost of new car$12,350.00 Dozen Eggs 86 cents  

 

Born: Harry Styles (One Direction) & Justin Beiber

Died: Harry Nilsson, Dinah Shore, Dan Hartman, Selena, Kurt Cobain

 

July:

 

Rolling Stones – Sparks Will Fly – Voodoo Lounge (7/11)

 

Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars - "Cure Me... or Kill Me" (7/26)

 

Alice Cooper – Bad Place Alone – The Last Temptation

 

August:

 

August 12 - Woodstock '94 begins in Saugerties, New York. It is the 25-year anniversary of Woodstock in 1969.

 

Peter Criss - Cat #1 - "Bad People Burn in Hell" (8/16)

 

Machine Head – Block – Burn My Eyes (8/9)

 

BREAK 1

 

Break Return Song:

Korn– Clown – Korn

 

October 11 - Korn, a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, launches its self-titled debut album Korn, peaking at number 72 on the Billboard 200 and launching the nu metal sound.

List of other metal albums

Sports Discussion

 

September:

 

Jackyl- Push Comes to Shove - "Back Down in the Dirt"

 

Tuff- Fist First - "In Dogs We Trust"

 

October:

 

October 12 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: No Quarter (Unledded) premieres on MTV. The "unplugged" concert special featuring the two former Led Zeppelin bandmates was filmed to accompany the release of the album of the same name.

 

“Surprised They Released Albums” Discussion

 

Nativity in Black: Tribute to Black Sabbath - Ugly Kid Joe - "N.I.B." (10/4)

 

Queensryche– My Global Mind – Promised Land (10/18)

 

Melvins– Sweet Willy Rollbar – Stoner Witch (10/18)

 

Annihilator– King of the Kill – King of the Kill (10/10)

 

BREAK 2

 

Break Return Song:

Testament– Low – Low

 

Movies Discussion

 

Airheads Soundtrack - Stuttering John - "I'll Talk My Way Out of It"

 

November:

 

November 7 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.

November 28 - The Milwaukee Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the prison where he was incarcerated.

 

Megadeth– Reckoning Day – Youthanasia (11/1)

 

Cinderella– All Come Down – Still Climbing (11/8)

 

“Still Kicking in 94” Discussion

 

December:

 

December 2 - Warner Music Group acquires a 49 percent share of Seattle record label Sub Pop in a deal believed to be worth over $30 million.

 

Stone Roses - Second Coming - "Love Spreads" (12/5)

 

Biggest Hit Singles:

Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia, Adams, Stewart, & Sting – All for Love, Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, All-4-One – I Swear, Mariah Carey – Without You

 

Big Rock Songs of 1994 discussion

 

 

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy - "Not For You" (12/5)

 

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