|Genre||New Wave, Disco|
|Known members||Mark Wilson|
|Associated acts||Duran Duran|
After playing a handful of gigs with Shock Treatment during 1977 and 1978, John Taylor and David Twist met Mark Wilson, a DJ on the scene in Birmingham, who asked them both to join the band in which he sang and played guitar - Dada.
John Taylor wrote in his autobiography In the Pleasure Groove that Dada was a much more inventive musical concoction than Shock Treatment, which morphed into the Assassins after he and David Twist left.
The line-up also included boutique owner John Brocklesby playing a pink Vox bass. Roxy Music fan Marcus played Styophone, mounted on an ironing board, and David Twist switched from vocals to drums.
The Dada songbook opened with "Toyroom", Mark Wilson's paean to the joys of childhood, sung over a disco beat. The chords were DA/DA and it was seven minutes long. It was not intented to be mainstream music.
That summer, John Taylor enrolled at the Birmingham Polytechnic's College of Art and Design for a twelve-month foundation course, where he met Stephen Duffy. Dada had hit a wall and Taylor now wanted to play in a band with Duffy.
- Mark Wilson - vocals, guitar
- John Taylor - guitar
- John Brocklesby - bass
- Marcus - styophone
- David Twist - drums