10 May 2006

The Mother of All Music Posts

Reader I Am started it (posting at Done With Mirrors), Bill took up the cause at So Quoted, and now I do so as well.

I'm still about 250 cds behind in ripping music to my computer, so this is a very incomplete list, but nevertheless, the 'mother' songs that come up when searching my music library are as follows

D'Angelo - Shit, Damn Motherfucker
He was pretty damn good, back in the day. This song is smooooooooooooooth.

Parliament - Mothership Connection (Star Child)
No, this won't be this week's Funk Lyric, but it's still a great song. Remember, if you here any noise, it's just me and the boys, also swing down sweet chariot, stop and let me ride (Hell Yeah!).

PJ Harvey - I Think I'm a Mother
Bill posted a snippet of the lyric, great album, great artist, Polly Jean rocks! (I'm torn between linking to this photo or not (NSFW?). Do I really care that she's singing in a short skirt, has her legs opened wide, and we are privy to her 'south of the border' depilatory strategies (or lack thereof)? No, yet I find the site where that photo posted to be fascinating (in a scary sort of way))

(and the really scary thing about the above mentioned photo, not what's below her waist, but what's on her shirt)

Prince - Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife
One of Princes better slower groove songs that nobody has ever heard of, buried in that big, messy, three disc Emancipation album released after he got out of his Warner Music contract. The only song on this list that has anything to do with motherhood.

Sweet - Mother Earth
God bless the Brits (I don't know why I always assumed they were Swedish, but nope, no such luck). A late 70s ode to green policy implementation, pop-glam style (I could be lying about that part, but who's going to admit to knowing Sweet well enough to call me on it?)

(and don't forget, "Rolling Stones Should Rock TOGETHER!")

Memphis Slim - Mother Earth
Bluesy, piano, horn and a bit of wailing. The antithesis to the Sweet song that shares a name (and nothing else) with this song. "When it all is up, You got to go back to Mother Earth".

The White Stripes - I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart
From Elephant, this duo ain't all that bad. Meg's such a great timekeeper (maybe too good?), and he's Jack White.

But who calls their mother, mother anyway? I've got 7 Mama songs in the mix as well, as follows

Fatboy Slim - Ya Mama
"Push the Tempo, Push the Tempo, Push the Tempo!!"

Fats Waller - Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
How I love Fats Waller. Stride piano rocks. A throwaway jokey song from the master, but fun nevertheless.

Parliament - Red Hot Mama
Still not this week's Funk Lyric, but a great song anyway. Considering she is a 'red hot mama from Louisiana' I'm guessing she works here. Great early Country Fried Funk.

Prince - Make Your Mama Happy
From that other big sloppy messy multi CD (in this case 4) collection released by Prince in the late 90s. Prolific doesn't even begin to describe Prince during that period. Some real gems hidden between all those songs, this ain't one of them, sounds like a track left off of the Batdance album (not good, not good at all).

Clarence Samuels - Lolly Pop Mama
"I've got a red hot mama, she calls me her lollipop". A jumpy little shouter of a tune. Suggestive? You bet, some nice sax in the middle of this song (Sax, I said, didn't you hear me?, sax, not sex)

J.B. Lenoir - Mama Talk to Your Daughter
More blues, J.B. has an interesting voice, much prettier than most blues singers (and higher, but dudes a dude, not a lady), the song is kind of non-descript though.

Weather Report - Rumba Mama
I really love this band, and the Heavy Weather album. This song is just chanting and percussion, wouldn't be much, except Airto Moreira is one of the all time greatest percussionists to bang on stuff.

So that's it for my listing of Mother and Mama songs, I know there's more, the other songs just aren't on my computer at this time.


Icepick said...

What, you don't have White Zombie's "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker"?

reader_iam said...

Wow, I am impressed. My music collection wants your music collection.

And Cal's opened another music thread.

XWL said...

Regarding White Zombie, I only have two of their CDs (this and this) and neither is on my computer at the moment.

(so had I been fully done with the ripping process, that tune would have been included)

cakreiz said...

Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me Not To Come".

bill said...

You reminded me I forgot "mama" so I added 11 more.

I think that's nothing new. I think it's the liner notes for "Rid of Me" that has a photo of her nekkid self wrapped in cellophane. Her grooming habits are also evident.

bill said...

I meant to type PJ in there somewhere because I was talking about PJ Harvey.