While yesterday’s review of Laurent Garnier’s Sound of the Big Babou highlighted that track’s haunted ambience, today’s might just scare the listener out of his or her wits completely.
There was a time, sometime around the late 90s, that you couldn’t turn on MTV late at night (1am? 2am?) without catching a glimpse of the dystopian horrorshow that was Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy, as expertly directed by Chris Cunningham.
The track, released just in time for Halloween in October 1997, achieved some degree of chart success (not that Aphex Twin, aka Richard D James, gave a toss) teaching as high as #10 in Belgium – now that’s a chart countdown I would have loved to have heard…
“In at #11, it’s the Spice Girls with Say You’ll Be there. And a non mover at #10…. ‘I WAAAANNNT YOUR SOOOOOUULLLLL!!!’ 👹
In a 2001 interview with Index, from the tune’s Wikipedia page, James revealed how the track came about.
“Come to Daddy came about while I was just hanging around my house, getting pissed 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.”
It’s certainly right in our book, Richard…
12 TUNES OF CHRISTMAS: The Story So Far
#12: Royal House – Can You Party
#11: LFO – Freak
#10: Maurice – This Is Acid (K & T Mix)
#9: T99 – Anasthasia
#8: Laurent Garnier – Sound of the Big Babou
#7: Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
[Kudos to smoke070z for the YouTube upload]