martes, 10 de noviembre de 2009


"Daddy Cool" is a song recorded by disco band Boney M. and included on their debut album Take The Heat Off Me. It was a 1976 hit and a staple in disco music and Boney M.'s first UK hit. It reached number 6 in the UK charts and number 65 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. The single also topped the German charts.

It was the second Boney M. single, released in May 1976 without making any major impact at first. It wasn't until a spectacular performance in Musikladen in September that the group became their commercial breakthrough, topping most European charts, reaching number 6 in the UK and even charting in the US.

"Daddy Cool" was a novelty gimmick record with an unusual, percussive intro by producer Frank Farian doing rhythmic 'tic-tic-tic's and playing on his teeth with a pencil. Farian's characteristic deep voice sings: "She's crazy like a fool..." and is answered by the bright girl vocals of Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett: "...wild about Daddy Cool". The bass riff kicks in and builds to the instrumental theme followed by the repetitive, nursery rhyme-like verse and chorus twice. The song breaks-down into a spoken passage by Farian before it goes back into the bass riff and repeats the verse and chorus for the last time.

Originally, Hansa Records wanted Boney M.'s cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" as the A-side of the single but "Daddy Cool" – which was the clear winner when Farian tested both tracks in his discotheque in Saarbrücken – managed to persuade the record company to have it his way. In the US, Hungary and Japan (where the single wasn't released until November), the single was backed by the album track "Lovin' or Leavin'", in East Germany the record was released in 1977, backed by their next hit "Sunny". The Belgium released 7" has a rare B-side version of "No Woman, No Cry" as the track does not fade out at the end but has a hard ending and thus runs slightly longer 5:03 instead the common 4:58. This rare version has so far not been released on cd.

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