Daddy Cool (Boney M. song)

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"Daddy Cool"
Single by Boney M.
from the album Take the Heat off Me
Released 31 May 1976
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Disco
Length 3:28
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Atlantic Records (UK)
Atco Records (US)
Writer(s) Frank Farian and George Reyam
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Baby Do You Wanna Bump"
(1975)
"Daddy Cool"
(1976)
"Sunny"
(1976)

"Daddy Cool" is a song recorded by Boney M. and included on their debut album Take the Heat off Me. It was a 1976 hit and a staple in disco music and Boney M.'s first UK hit.

It was the second Boney M. single, released in May 1976 without making any major impact at first. It wasn't until a spectacular performance on the Musikladen TV show in September that the single became a hit, topping most European charts. It reached number six in the UK charts and number 65 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. The single also topped the German charts and reaching the Top 20 in Canada. It proved to be the major European breakthrough of the band. The Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse even used it as song for their footballer Wilfried Bony because his name is Bony, referring to Boney M.

The song[edit]

"Daddy Cool" was a novelty gimmick record with an unusual, percussive intro by producer Frank Farian doing rhythmic tic-tic-tics and playing on his teeth with a pencil. Frank Farian's characteristic deep voice sings: "She's crazy like a fool..." ("visually" performed by dancer Bobby Farrell) and is answered by the bright voices of Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett: "...wild about Daddy Cool". This line has been interpreted by listeners as "...what about it Daddy Cool", so much that the band started singing it that way during live performances. The bass riff kicks in and builds to the instrumental theme followed by the repetitive, nursery rhyme-like verse and chorus twice.

The song breaks down into a spoken passage by Farian before it goes back into the bass riff and repeats the verse and chorus for the last time. With its slightly hypnotic, repetitive bassline and strings and likewise repetitive, bright female vocals, the track is highly typical of mid-seventies "Munich disco".

The single[edit]

Originally, Hansa Records wanted Boney M.'s cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" as the A-side of the single but Farian - seeing that his own song was the clear winner when testing both tracks in his discothèque in St. Ingbert – managed to persuade the record company to have it his way. In the US, Hungary and Japan (where the single wasn't released until November), the single was backed by the album track "Lovin' or Leavin'", in East Germany the record was released in 1977, backed by their next hit "Sunny".

The Belgium released 7" has a rare B-side version of "No Woman, No Cry" as the track does not fade out at the end but has a hard ending and thus runs slightly longer 5:03 instead the common 4:58. This rare version has so far not been released on CD.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Let Your Love Flow" by The Bellamy Brothers
Austrian number-one single
15 November 1976 – 15 February 1977 (16 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sunny" by Boney M.
Preceded by
"Les Femmes" by Sheila
French number-one single (first run)
28 October 1976 – 11 November 1976 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"San Francisco" by Frédéric François
Preceded by
"Ein Bett im Kornfeld" by Jürgen Drews
German number-one single (first run)
13 September 1976 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
Preceded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
German number-one single (second run)
27 September 1976 – 29 November 1976 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Jeans On" by David Dundas
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
30 October 1976 – 20 November 1976 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel" by Tavares
Swedish number-one single
30 November 1976 – 8 February 1977 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Shenandoah" by Jan Lindblad
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
13 November 1976 – 4 December 1976 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Money, Money, Money" by ABBA
Preceded by
"San Francisco" by Frédéric François
French number-one single (second run)
2 December 1976 – 9 December 1976 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Jeans On" by David Dundas
German number-one single (third run)
13 December 1976 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Mon Amour" by BZN
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
6 November 1976 – 20 November 1976 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Mississippi" by Pussycat
Norwegian number-one single
03/1977 – 12/1977 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Living Next Door to Alice" by Smokie
Preceded by
"The Best Disco in Town" by The Ritchie Family
Spanish number-one single
21 February 1977 – 4 April 1977 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago
Preceded by
"Verde" by Ricky King
Swiss number-one single
15 October 1976 – 15 January 1977 (12 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Anita" by Costa Cordalis

1986 anniversary recording[edit]

"Daddy Cool -
Anniversary Recording '86"
Single by Boney M.
Released February 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Synthpop, dance
Length 5:18 (7" mix)
9:07 (12" mix)
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Young, Free and Single"
(1985)
"Daddy Cool (Anniversary Recording '86)"
(1986)
"Bang Bang Lulu"
(1986)

Boney M.'s 10th anniversary was celebrated with a TV special and the album The Best of 10 Years – 32 Superhits. The original plans of releasing another single ("Dreadlock Holiday") from the group's final album Eye Dance were cancelled, instead producer Frank Farian recorded a brand-new synthpop version of Boney M.'s 1976 breakthrough single "Daddy Cool" in a special "anniversary recording", featuring rap parts, and new instrumental parts reminiscent of New Order's synth style of the era. The single, however, proved to be Boney M.'s worst-selling single, failing to chart anywhere. Interestingly, the dub B-side "B.M.A.G.O." appeared in a longer version on the 7" than on the 12" single. The 12" single also included an edit version of "Daddy Cool" which was not credited on the cover. The 7" version made its CD debut on The Collection (disc 2, track 1).

Releases[edit]

7" Single

  • ""Daddy Cool (Anniversary Recording '86)" – (Farian, Reyam, Farian, Bischof) 5:18 / "B.M.A.G.O." (Farian) — 4:10 (Hansa Records 107 994-100, 1986)

12" Single

  • "Daddy Cool (Anniversary Recording '86)" Special Club Mix — 9:07 / Extended Radio Edit (Not credited on label) — 5:50 / "B.M.A.G.O." — 3:15 (Hansa 607 994-213, 1986)

Boney M. 2000 version[edit]

"Daddy Cool '99"
Single by Boney M.
from the album 20th Century Hits
Released 26 August 1999
Format 12" single, CD single
Genre Dance
Label BMG Records (FRG)
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Ma Baker (Boney M. vs. Sash!)"
(1998)
"Daddy Cool '99"
(1999)
"Hooray! Hooray! (Caribbean Night Fever)"
(1999)

Following the successful Sash! and Horny United remixes of "Ma Baker", Frank Farian remixed "Daddy Cool" as a follow-up single. An all-new line-up Boney M. 2000 featuring three young girls and rapper Mobi T. was featured in the video and also announced to front a forthcoming remix album. This decision was not popular with the group's fan base, and Farian subsequently dropped the idea. "Daddy Cool" could not match the success of its predecessor, peaking only at no. 47 in the German charts.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[35] 2
Denmark (IFPI)[36] 9
France (SNEP)[37] 16
Germany (Media Control Charts)[38] 47
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 49
Chart (2000) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[37] 99
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 94
Chart (2013) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[37] 138

2001 Remix[edit]

"Daddy Cool 2001"
Single by Boney M.
from the album The Greatest Hits
Released December 2001
Format CD single
Genre Dance
Label BMG Records (UK)
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Sunny (Remix)"
(2001)
"Daddy Cool 2001"
(2001)
"Sunny (Mousse T. Remix)"
(2006)

UK 2001 remix to support the album The Greatest Hits. Remixed by Jewel & Stone, the single peaked at no. 47 in the UK charts.

Chart (2001) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 47

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered by Lakis Tzordaneli in 1979, in Greek under the title "Pes mou pote pou".
  • The song was covered by Montreal artist QRN in 1999 and released as an industrial-kitsch version both on radio and on the second volume of the Studio 54 disco compilation.
  • The song was also covered by Placebo and appeared on the bonus disc of their special edition release of the album Sleeping with Ghosts in 2003. This guitar based interpretation interestingly used a mix of vocal samples from the original version and new vocals by the band's singer Brian Molko.
  • The song was also covered by Swedish child pop duo Peaches in 2004.
  • It was covered by the Mini-Pops on their self-titled album in 1981.
  • The song was also covered by Latvian trio Melo-M featuring vocals by original Boney M. singer Maizie Williams on their 2007 album Singalongs.[42]
  • The song was also covered by Massalia Dj's, Erwan & Rubra featuring vocals by Original Boney M singer and French vocalist. The song was remixed by one of the best commercial electro-house producers in Poland - Zoot.
  • The song was also covered in 2000 by the German metal band The Traceelords, on their album "Sex, Money, Rock'n'Roll"

Fans of Liverpool F.C. created a chant based on the song's chorus for winger Harry Kewell, replacing "Daddy, Daddy Cool" with "Harry, Harry Kewell", during his period at the club from 2003-2008. This chant was also adopted by his former club, Galatasaray and is now sung by his current club's supporters Melbourne Victory.

During rehearsals for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, volunteers used to chant 'Danny, Danny Boyle' to the tune of the Boney M. song, to director Danny Boyle.

"Doin' Fine"[edit]

  • A disco/dance/pop composition which was written in October 2005 and includes samples of the strings from "Daddy Cool" was released in 2006, and again in 2008. The main string loop from the chorus as well as string hooks from the verses are interwoven into the musical arrangement and feature quite prominently in the new song. The song was recorded twice, the first time in 2006 by Australian singer, Peter Wilson and the second in 2008 by disco singer, Amanda Lear. Wilson's version was first released in April 2007 on the Klone Records album, Mad About The Boy 15 (CDKOPY172) as an extended club mix, entitled, "Doin' Fine (Daddy's Cool 12" Mix)". Seen as a tribute to Boney M and well received by fans, it subsequently peaked at number one on the Euro NRG dance charts in August 2007.[43]

A radio length mix followed in October 2007 on Wilson's debut album, Follow Me (CDKOPY175). Lear's version, recorded in November 2008, was released in 2009 as part of her studio album, "Brief Encounters" which she recently announced on French television.

  • Both Wilson and Lear's versions are produced by Nathan Thomas and Carl M Cox of British production team PMG (Prolific Media Group) Productions, the same people behind 80s singer and X Factor mentor Sinitta's pop comeback.[44]
  • The song is credited as being written by Carl M Cox/Nathan Thomas/Baz Qureshi/Chris Rudall/Peter Wilson/Chris Richards/Frank Farian/George Reyam and published by First Degree Music (BACS)/Copyright Control/In Demand Music/Sony ATV Music Ltd.

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