Come to Daddy (EP)

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Come to Daddy
EP by
Released6 October 1997
Recorded1996–1997
GenreDrum and bass
Length32:54
LabelWarp
ProducerRichard D. James
Aphex Twin chronology
Richard D. James Album
(1996)
Come to Daddy
(1997)
Drukqs
(2001)
Singles from Come to Daddy
  1. "Come to Daddy"
    Released: 6 October 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Almost Cool8/10[2]
Pitchfork7.2/10[3]
Spin7/10[4]

Come to Daddy is an extended play by British electronic music artist Richard D. James, released under his main pseudonym Aphex Twin. The EP's lead single, and the first track on the EP, "Come to Daddy [Pappy Mix]"—often simply called "Come to Daddy"—is one of Aphex Twin's best-known songs; it peaked at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

Composition[edit]

Come to Daddy has been described as featuring drum and bass throughout.[3] Not all the tracks featured on this album are the industrial style of the first track. "IZ-US" features mellow synth tones with drum and bass style drums. Each mix of "Come to Daddy" is completely different, with the "Little Lord Faulteroy" and "Mummy" mixes bearing no noticeable resemblance whatsoever to the original "Pappy" mix. "To Cure A Weakling Child (Contour Regard)" is a remix of the song "To Cure a Weakling Child" from Richard D. James Album. The other tracks also have their own style, most notably "Flim", an upbeat song similar in mood to the track "Xtal" from Selected Ambient Works 85–92, possessing a cheerful melody and Aphex Twin's signature complex polyrhythms. The song "Funny Little Man" features, at the end, a PlainTalk voice stating "I would like to fuck you up the bumhole, and then I will sneak into your room and cut your cock off, and stuff it in my mouth, and chew them up with my little pearlies." The end of "Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)" features samples from one of his earliest works, "Isoprophlex". Though Aphex Twin rarely uses vocals in his work,[dubious ] six of Come to Daddy's eight tracks feature vocals.

According to Sean Booth of Autechre, James' track "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball" is a reaction to their track "Drane", to which they then replied with the track "Drane2". Further replies from James have not surfaced: "he said he made a bouncing ball revenge track to it once but i guess he didn't release it, prob cos we all got better things to do than get into a tricks war."[6]

Packaging[edit]

Come to Daddy's packaging features stark black letters against a white background. All the information, track listings and lyrics are printed the same way, and only two images are present, both photographed by Stefan DeBatselier and digitally altered by Chris Cunningham, using James' face on children. James has used his likeness as the artwork on five of his releases: The ...I Care Because You Do and Richard D. James Album albums, Donkey Rhubarb, Come to Daddy and the "Windowlicker" single.

The cover of the out-of-print second CD, with its white lettering against an orange background, makes reference to the fact that "To Cure a Weakling Child" had been used in a television advertisement for Orange. However, the advertisement used an edit of the album version, whilst the version that appears on the EP is the radically different "Contour Regard" mix.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, produced and engineered by Richard D. James.

No.TitleLength
1."Come to Daddy" (Pappy mix)4:42
2."Flim"2:57
3."Come to Daddy" (Little Lord Faulteroy mix)3:50
4."Bucephalus Bouncing Ball"5:46
5."To Cure a Weakling Child" (Contour Regard)5:09
6."Funny Little Man"4:22
7."Come to Daddy" (Mummy mix)3:54
8."IZ-US"2:57
Total length:32:54

All vinyl editions of Come to Daddy (excluding a promotional double LP limited to 500 copies) exclude tracks 5–8.

The tracks were originally released on two separate CDs, WAP94CD and WAP94CDR, with the first four tracks on the former and the rest on the latter. These have since been deleted and replaced by one EP containing all eight tracks (WAP94CDX).

Personnel[edit]

  • Aphex Twin – vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, piano, drum machine, percussion
  • Chris Cunningham – images
  • Stefan de Batselier – photography

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 37

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ Come to Daddy at AllMusic
  2. ^ Almost Cool review
  3. ^ a b Schreiber, Ryan (1999). "Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 24 January 2001. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ 1/98, p. 116
  5. ^ George-Warren, Holly and Patricia Romanowski, ed. (2005). "Aphex Twin". The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. New York, New York: Fireside. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-7432-9201-6.
  6. ^ Booth, Sean. "AAA - Ask Autechre Anything - Sean and Rob on WATMM! – Page 109". Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Aphex Twin Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 6 February 2015. NB User must define search parameters. Enter "Aphex Twin" into Keywords, select "Artist" from Search by and click Go or enter "Come to Daddy" into Keywords, select "Title" from Search by and click Go. For more accurate results check Exact match.

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