Hard Normal Daddy

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Hard Normal Daddy
Studio album by Squarepusher
Released 28 April 1997
Genre Drill n Bass
Length 62:07
Label Warp
Producer Tom Jenkinson
Squarepusher chronology
Port Rhombus EP
Hard Normal Daddy
Big Loada
Singles from Hard Normal Daddy
  1. "Vic Acid"
    Released: March 31, 1997

Hard Normal Daddy is a 1997 studio album by British electronic musician Tom Jenkinson under his alias of Squarepusher. The album was the first studio album as Squarepusher for Warp Records. A single for the track "Vic Acid" was released in 1997 prior to the album's release.

The album has received praise since its release including a five star review from Allmusic and being listed as one of the best albums of the year by The Wire and the NME. Stylus Magazine referred to the album in 2003 as Squarepusher's "masterpiece".


Tom Jenkinson was offered to sign to Ninja Tune, Rephlex Records, R&S Records and Warp Records. Jenkinson eventually chose Warp as he was more interested in the label's music.[1]


Pitchfork as an album in the Drill n Bass subgenre, described by AllMusic as a version of drum'n'bass that warped "old midtempo beats and breaks into a frenzied, experimental potpourri of low-attention-span electronic music."[2][3]

The Palm Beach Newspaper described the album as jazz fusion influenced, describing its contents as "Lyrical, complicated keyboard riffs, dense, churning beats, nimble, melodic fretless bass - add in a saxophone, and you'd have the drum 'n' bass equivalent of Weather Report."[4] Tom Jenkinson has stated that his music on Hard Normal Daddy has not been influenced by jazz fusion, but more funk oriented music like Herbie Hancock's Death Wish soundtrack and cop show themes.[5]


Hard Normal Daddy was released by Warp Records on April 28, 1997. It was released on compact disc, double vinyl, cassette and digital download.[6] A single was released for the album for the track "Vic Acid" on March 31, 1997 by Warp on compact disc and 12-inch vinyl.[7][8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[10]

The online music database AllMusic gave Hard Normal Daddy five out of five stars, comparing it favourably to similar releases from the music labels Spymania and Rephlex describing the album as "substantially cleaner and more thought out than previous releases" from those labels.[9] The music was also praised for not "simply relying on the shock value of "tripping-over-myself" drum programming and light-speed fretless bass noodling."[9] In 2003, Stylus Magazine referred to the album as Squarepusher's "masterpiece" and that Squarepusher "refrains from such mind numbing repetition and put down his most accomplished work to that point."[11] The Wire placed the album on their list of the best albums of 1998.[12] The NME placed the album at number 34 on their list of best albums of 1997.[13]

In 1999, Jenkinson referred to the music on his albums Feed Me Weird Things and Hard Normal Daddy as "already beginning to sound a bit... It sort of reminds me of being a bit younger in a way. It's a bit more (of a) naive approach, a bit more fresh. The sound as well. I've gotten better production." and "I still REALLY like it. I like my stuff 'cause I only ever end up with tracks that I really, really like. It always appeals to me. There's only about four tracks that I've done which I don't really like. The rest of them I like."[1] Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half stars out of five.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Tom Jenkinson.[9]

No. Title Length
1. "Coopers World" 5:09
2. "Beep Street" 6:37
3. "Rustic Raver" 5:08
4. "Anirog D9" 1:11
5. "Chin Hippy" 3:16
6. "Papalon" 8:10
7. "E8 Boogie" 8:13
8. "Fat Controller" 5:38
9. "Vic Acid" 3:07
10. "Male Pill Part 13" 8:38
11. "Rat/P's and Q's" 4:33
12. "Rebus" 2:47


  • Frank Arkwright – mastering
  • John Clayton – visuals

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Gross, Jason (January 1999). "Squarepusher Interview". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Drill'n'bass". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Walls, Seth Colter. "The Top 50 IDM Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fusion an Inspiration for Many Musicians". Palm Beach Newspaper. April 12, 1998. p. 6J. 
  5. ^ Blanning, Lisa (August 8, 2012). "Interview: Squarepusher". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Warp / Records / Releases / Squarepusher / Hard Normal Daddy". Warp Records. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vic Acid - Squarepusher : Releases". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "Vic Acid - Squarepusher". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cooper, Sean. "Hard Normal Daddy". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Brackett, Hoard 2004, p. 773.
  11. ^ Burns, Todd (September 1, 2003). "Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "1997 Rewind". The Wire. December 2007. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 1997". NME. Retrieved April 20, 2015.