YAPOOS – DADADAISM [1992]

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by LION MERRY

It’s about art! What do you expect from a song that name-drops Dada? I’m going to try my best to explain all the references in here, I’m no expert in art history or anything but I like to think I know a bit on the subject.

Translation and notes under the cut:

Jarry, Alfred (1)
Kandinsky, Wassily (2)
Tzara, Tristan (3)
Picabia, Francis (4)

The baby’s first cry is one of confusion
‘Pataphysics
(5)
Hysteria is a meaningless system

A sampler of toys
In a puppy’s voice
Would Duchamp
(6) dance too?
Assemblage
(7)

Jarry, Alfred
Kandinsky, Wassily
Tzara, Tristan
Picabia, Francis

Destruction, construction
Destruction, construction
Order, revolution, new order

Arts and crafts homework
With scissors and glue
Would Zorio
(8) rate it highly too?
Arte Povera (9)

To apply meaning is useless
Ignore all its relationships
Just like a child,
A dadadadadaist

The love of rebellion
And all its harshness
Just like a child,
A dadadadadaist

Jarry, Alfred
Kandinsky, Wassily
Tzara, Tristan
Picabia, Francis

Dadada
Dadada
Dadada
Dadada
Dadada…


1: Alfred Jarry, a French symbolist writer.
2: Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian abstract painter.
3: Tristan Tzara, a Romanian-French Dadaist writer.
4: Francis Picabia, a French avant-garde painter.
5: Deferring to Wikipedia’s description: a branch of philosophy or science that examines imaginary phenomena that exist in a world beyond metaphysics; it is the science of imaginary solutions.
6: Marcel Duchamp, a French Cubist/Dadaist painter and sculptor.
7: Assemblages are essentially collages that utilize three dimensions instead of just two.
8: Gilberto Zorio, an Italian Arte Povera sculptor.
9: Arte Povera, an Italian art movement meaning poor art, calling for attacks on “the values of established institutions of government, industry, and culture.”

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