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Come to Daddy

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.|


Not all the tracks featured on this EP are the industrial style of the first track. "IZ-US" features mellow synth tones with jazz style drums. Each mix of "Come to Daddy" is completely different, the "Little Lord Faulteroy mix" is a calm track with bizarre vocal samples that ends up resembling nothing like the original track and the "Mummy mix" features clips of James' mother talking that slightly resembles the original track. The other tracks also have their own style, most notably "Flim", an upbeat song with a cheerful melody and Aphex Twin's signature complex polyrhythms. The song "Funny Little Man" features, at the end, a PlainTalk voice offering anal sex, among other things.

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.

Music video

The accompanying music video (released in October 1997) was directed by Chris Cunningham and filmed on the same council estate where Stanley Kubrick shot many scenes in A Clockwork Orange. The scene is shot around Tavy Bridge. Shopping centre, Thamesmead , which is now being knocked down. Many of the Dark underground car parking is now gone.

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.

Track listing

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

  1. "Come To Daddy, Pappy Mix" – 4:22 ()
  2. "Flim" – 2:57
  3. "Come To Daddy, Little Lord Faulteroy Mix" – 3:50
  4. "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball" – 5:44
  5. "To Cure A Weakling Child, Contour Regard" – 5:10
  6. "Funny Little Man" – 3:58
  7. "Come to Daddy, Mummy Mix" – 4:24
  8. "IZ-US" – 2:57

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).

Cover versions


Year Chart Peak Position
1997 Heatseekers #37

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