Son of My Father

Chicory Tip

About Son of My Father

"Son of My Father" is a song popularised in 1972 by Chicory Tip. The song was originally published in German as "Nachts scheint die Sonne" (In the Night Shines the Sun), written by Giorgio Moroder with German lyrics by Michael Holm in 1971, and English lyrics by Pete Bellotte. The German version "Nachts scheint die Sonne" by Michael Holm was released in 1971, while Giorgio Moroder also released the English version "Son of My Father" under the moniker Giorgio. However, Giorgio's version failed to chart in the UK. The song was released by Chicory Tip in 1972 and this version reached No. 1 on the UK single chart in February 1972. Since its release, the tune of the chorus of "Son of My Father" has been regularly used on the terraces of British football grounds for football chants. 


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Mama said to me we gotta have your life run right 
Off you got to school where you can learn the rules there right 
Be just like your dad lad 
Follow in the same tradition 
Never go astray and stay an honest lovin' son 

Son of my father 
Molded, I was folded, I was preform-packed 
Son of my father 
Commanded, I was branded in a plastic vac' 
Surrounded and confounded by statistic facts 

Tried to let me in but I jumped out of my skin in time 
I saw through the lies and read the alibi signs 
So I left my home I'm really on my own at last 
Left the trodden path and separated from the past 

Son of my father 
Changing, rearranging into someone new 
Son of my father 
Collecting and selecting independent views 
Knowing and I'm showing that a change is due. 
Son of my father 
Molded, I was folded, I was preform-packed 
Son of my father 
Commanded, I was branded in a plastic vac' 
Surrounded and confounded by statistic facts

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Chicory Tip

Chicory Tip are an English pop group, formed in 1967 in Maidstone, Kent. The band originally comprised vocalist Peter Hewson (born 1 September 1945, in Gillingham); guitarist Richard "Rick" Foster (born 7 July 1946); bass guitarist Barry Mayger (born 1 June 1946, Maidstone); drummer Brian Shearer (born 4 May 1951, Lewisham, South East London); and guitarist and keyboard player Rod Cloutt (born Roderick Cloutt, 26 January 1949, Gillingham, died in Australia 2017).Chicory Tip released only a few records in the US. Their name was shortened to just Chicory for the US market for their first two releases there, before they reverted to the full name. more »

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Written by: Giorgio Moroder, Michael Holm, Peter Bellotte

Lyrics © Radio Tele Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network

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15 facts about this song

"Son Of My Father" is categorized as synthesizer-driven pop, one of the first songs to make extensive use of a synthesizer, introducing a new sound to popular music.
Chart Success
This track by Chicory Tip was a huge hit and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in February 1972.
Cover Version
The song is a cover of a Giorgio Moroder penned track that was originally recorded by an Italian band "I Profeti" a year before Chicory Tip released their version.
First Synthesiser No.1
"Son Of My Father" became the first UK number one to prominently feature a synthesizer, in this case, a Moog synthesizer.
Produced by Roger Easterby and Des Champ, the Chicory Tip version of the song was reworked to emphasize the Moog synthesizer more.
Transatlantic Popularity
Though it was a huge hit in the UK, Chicory Tip's "Son Of My Father" didn't fare as well in the United States, where it only reached the lower end of the Billboard Hot 100.
Album Release
The song was the title track of the band's 1972 studio album "Son of My Father".
Song Duration
The song's original recorded duration was 3 minutes and 11 seconds.
Language Variants
The original song by Giorgio Moroder has versions in Italian, English, and German.
"Son Of My Father" played a significant role in the early adoption and popularity of the synthesizer in pop music, paving the way for future genres like synth-pop and electronica.
Group Line-Up
The members of Chicory Tip at the time of the song’s release were Barry Mayger, Rick Foster, Brian Shearer, Peter Hewson, and Rod Cloutt.
The song is acknowledged on the official website of the synthesizer manufacturer, Moog Music, for its pioneering use of the instrument.
Spelling Variation
The song is also sometimes spelled as "Son of my Father" (lower case 'o' in 'of').
Other Covers
Besides Chicory Tip, many other artists also covered "Son Of My Father". Among them is the glam rock band Slade, who included their version of it on their 1972 album "Slayed?".
The B-Side
The B-side of the Chicory Tip's single was the song "Pride Comes Before A Fall".

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