The title track of Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy EP, this is one of the British electronic music artist's best-known songs. In October 2011, NME placed it at #42 on its list of "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years."
Aphex Twin, aka Richard James, explained the story of this slice of industrial intensity with ghoulish lyrics to Index magazine: "Come to Daddy came about while I was just hanging around my house, getting pissed and doing this crappy death metal jingle," he recalled. "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."
James regards the finished article as too tame. "You do notice that you'll start to clench your fists and that's a good sign," he told Loaded. "But the clench factor wasn't tight enough for me."
The song was covered by The Dillinger Escape Plan on their 2002 EP with Mike Patton, Irony is a Dead Scene.
The track is heard twice in the Nicolas Cage film 8mm, when the vinyl record is played being in Machine's room and also on a TV screen in Dino Velvet's office.
The Chris Cunningham-directed music video shows childlike creatures, all of whom bear James' grinning face, pursuing an elderly lady, who then confronts a demon. The clip was filmed around the Thamesmead South housing estate, the same location where Stanley Kubrick shot many scenes for A Clockwork Orange.
named the urban nightmare clip #1 in their list of Top 50 Music Videos of the 1990s. They said: "Darkly comic and just plain dark, Chris Cunningham's tale of television unleashing hell in a dilapidated housing block plays like a gothic graphic novel, an ADD-riddled version of Village of the Damned
, and an H.R. Giger-designed haunted house."