She’s crazy like a fool. What about Daddy Cool?!

There’s something magical about music. It entertains. It inspires. It provides comfort for sorrow or sorrow for lack of comfort. It can be scary. It can be malevolent. It can be cute. It can be complex. Whatever it is, it’s usually memorable. Try this on for size. During the 1970’s, Coke came out with their “I’d Like To Buy the World A Coke” marketing campaign. The insipid little song that headlined the ads was simple and incredibly catchy (like it or not … but we prefer the “not”). For years (seriously) after that, the stupid melody and lyrics banged around in our heads and came skipping back from memory randomly and, unfortunately, frequently.  We would experience a relapse, then realize we had been duped yet again and try valiantly to beat the idiotic ditty back into submission. It took a very long time before it was no longer being hummed absentmindedly. Of course, over time the song succumbed to others … some we liked, some we didn’t. This story is about one we liked (and are no longer embarrassed to say so).
Marketing songs

The year was 1976.  Two hundred had passed since the formation of our nation. But we weren’t celebrating the illustrious event in our native land.  We were about 8,000 miles away from either coast residing in the land of the great golden Buddhas, of sweet fruits and sweeter flowers, and, sadly, the land that our military ran roughshod over during R&R while getting away from the hell of Vietnam. Yes, we were in Thailand that iconic year … Bangkok to be precise.

Bangkok in the 1970's

Asia was a fun place in the 1970’s. Asian society met Euro-American style and created the flariest of flared pants, the biggest of big sunglasses, the baddest of bad Kung Fu, and the craziest beats of Disco. We remember the cacaphony of American and European dance music marching side-by-side with Thai pop as the tinny but delicious sounds bounced out of our little transistor radios. There were plenty of young Thai men in their tight high-waisted polyester pants and big heeled shoes walking around with that bad-ass John Travolta attitude, smoking a pack or two or three a day of American Malboros, jammin’ to the Disco snare and pseudo-symphonic strings. Young Thai women flirted around the edges, looking coy and beautiful in their high-collared, short sleeved contemporary Asian dresses. The sheer energy, noise, lights, people, and more were so exciting that it was a wonderful time to be kids in such a place.

Saturday Night Fever

Cassette PlayerWe heard lots of songs, some Thai, some Western, that we really liked. We even had a few not-too-carefully bootlegged cassette tapes that we played on a Panasonic Portable Cassette player/recorder. It was far out! Can you dig it? The song that has stuck with us the most was Boney M‘s “Daddy Cool.” Boney M was the love child of mega-producer Frank Farian (who, incidentally, ran Boney M like he did years later with Milli Vinnilli — both were pop bands fronted by easy-on-the-eyes, Afro-something, eye-candy men that didn’t actually do the singing; for shame Frank). The group produced a bunch of sugary pop treats in the late 1970’s. “Daddy Cool” was their first major international hit and for tweener kids listening to it in one of Asia’s most happenin’ cities it was out of sight. We felt the disco beats beckoning us to dance ridiculously serious and seriously ridiculous gyrations to what we thought was the absolute coolest song we had heard up to that point.

It’s easy to laugh at the silliness of it now, but it was electric to us then. Share in our trip down memory lane …

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Pop Music

Boney M’s “Daddy Cool” Lyrics

by Frank Farian

She’s crazy like a fool
What about it daddy cool?

She’s crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?
I’m crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?

Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool

She’s crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?
I’m crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?

Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool

She’s crazy about her daddy
Oh she believes in him
She loves her daddy

She’s crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?
I’m crazy like a fool
What about daddy cool?

Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool
Daddy, daddy cool

BONUS TIME!

Here’s another song we really like too.

Pop Music from the 1970's

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