Squarepusher ‎– Hard Normal Daddy

Warp Records ‎– WARP50CD, Warp Records ‎– WARP 50CD
CD, Album


1 Coopers World 5:09
2 Beep Street 6:37
3 Rustic Raver 5:08
4 Anirog D9 1:11
5 Chin Hippy 3:16
6 Papalon 8:10
7 E8 Boogie 8:13
8 Fat Controller 5:38
9 Vic Acid 3:07
10 Male Pill Part 13 8:38
11 Rat/P's And Q's 4:33
12 Rebus 2:47

Companies, etc.



Dedicated to the Chelmsford rave scene.

℗Warp1997. ©Warp1997.
Published by Warp Music / EMI Music.
Made In England.

Catalogue number appears on spines as:

Comes in a jewel case with a fold-out 3x2 panel 'poster' style insert (24cm x 36cm).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 021603 050129
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 95933 WARP50CD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): WARP50CD
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L042
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 7307
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): none

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WARP50CD, WARP 50CD Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(CD, Album, RE) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP50CD, WARP 50CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
1234 Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music Land Records (2) 1234 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
WARPMC50, WARP50MC Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(Cass, Album) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPMC50, WARP50MC UK 1997 Sell This Version
WARP50LP Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARP50LP UK 1997 Sell This Version
WARP 50CD, WARPCD 50, WARP50CD, 678.2050.20 Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(CD, Album) Warp Records, Warp Records, Warp Records, PIAS France, PIAS Benelux WARP 50CD, WARPCD 50, WARP50CD, 678.2050.20 Benelux 1997 Sell This Version


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September 28, 2018
edited 2 months ago

I think the only issue with this album is that it feels a little outdated, but that's a good thing imo. One of my all time favourite albums.


September 3, 2015
TJ's Warp debut...and what a debut it is. Straight from the opening Spy music that is "Coopers World" to the closing pseudo-ambience of "Rebus", this is one for the archives.

"Beep Street" remains my favorite pusher track, even after almost 20 years(!)..."Papalon" weaves a story with no words; "E8 Boogie" definitely lives up to its name (if this track doesn't make you move...). "Male Pill 13" is beautifully melodic and skittery at the same time. "Rustic Raver", "Chin Hippie" and "Rat/P's and Q's" are suitably ravey insanity. "Vic Acid" needs no words, as it is brilliant in every way. All in all, very very few downsides to this one. 10/10


April 8, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
This guy is a musical prodigy and very talented in the sense that he plays lots of instruments and does all the effects and production himself. His talents are mind boggling and you have to take your hat off to him. For me this has always been my favourite of his - I wished he would slow things down and go back to this style again. This is a very melodic and playful album. And on a side note: when is he going to team up with Ceephax and give us the electronic Bros album we've all been waiting years for?! That would be quite an interesting listen I'm sure!!


July 21, 2014

Hard Normal Daddy wasn't a big deal to me at first. None of the albums I love are. But this turned into one of those albums I can listen to start to finish any time of day with any emotion and just feel incredible. What out there is really comparable to this release? Jenkinson covers a lot of ground, but I'd say the overall theme is playful energy. There's a lot of fast paced electronic music out there that just sounds mean, or aggressive, or just plain too silly. But these tracks here are refined and feel purposeful. The sample choices are nothing groundbreaking alone, but they blend perfectly. 5/5


December 23, 2013

did a cold-buy on this disc; i liked aphex twin's drill n bass, and figured i'd like squarepusher's too.
but holy shit this is better than Hangable Auto Bulb or DrukQs. made my jaw drop. simply amazing.


January 13, 2003

The first two track are really GREAT! The rest is just nervous, shreddered beat stuff. I hear some people really like this, but not me. In any way I admire the drum programming. Technically, a good release, but too hectic for my taste.


February 23, 2002

Tom Jenkinson makes his d'nb approach to jazz music. Speeded up to 320 bpm, this is breathtaking, sometimes melodious, sometimes cold acid-technology. Absolutely a classic.


January 2, 2002

This is one of the definitive Warp releases, which is not saying little. A perfect blend of weird drill'n'bass and out of this world jazz. The best track in my opininon is Papalon, and there are few downpoints on the record. Be sure to check out this absolute classic!