Come to Daddy is a 1997 EP by electronica artist Richard D. James, commonly known as Aphex Twin. "Come to Daddy, Pappy mix" — often simply called "Come to Daddy" — is one of Aphex Twin's best-known songs.
James describes his work like this:
Come to Daddy came about while I was just hanging around my house, getting pissed [drunk] and doing this crappy death metal jingle. Then it got marketed and a video was made, and this little idea that I had, which was a joke, turned into something huge. It wasn't right at all.|
Though Aphex Twin rarely uses vocals in his work, six of Come to Daddy's eight tracks feature vocals. Because of this and the hit single title track, this EP is generally considered his most pop music work.
Come to Daddy's packaging features stark black letters against a white background. All the information, tracklistings 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, the Donkey Rhubarb and Come to Daddy EPs 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.
The track "Come to Daddy, Pappy Mix" is also heard twice in the film 8mm starring Nicolas Cage, and the music video can be seen in part on a television screen in Dino Velvet's office. Also is heard in the movie CKY2K.
"Come to Daddy, Pappy Mix" is in the Xbox 360 driving game Project Gotham Racing 3.
The video opens with an old woman walking a dog in a grimy, industrial setting. The dog urinates on an abandoned television lying on the sidewalk, causing it to sputter unexpectedly into life. This unleashes a poltergeist from the set, accompanied by a set of small children (all which bear the face of Richard D. James), that constitute the inhabitants of the abandoned buildings. The children go around wreaking havoc, such as trashing an alley, and chasing a man into his car.
At one point, the monster (played by Al Stokes) is birthed out of the television and screams in the old woman's face. After this, he gathers the children around him in a manner reminiscent of a scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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).
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