FMF Episode #8 – Mother’s Day

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DJ: Welcome!  Did you buy the flowers?  Sign the card? Breakfast in bed?  Today we’re celebrating all things MOM.  Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there who represents someone’s mother!  Mother’s Day first took flight in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Anna Jarvis at their church.  Anna wanted to honor “the person who has done more for you than anyone else in the world”, and pushed for a nationally recognized holiday.  Funny enough, Anna Jarvis died without marrying or having any children of her own.  She really must have loved her mother, though.  In today’s show, we’ll be playing all sorts of Mother tracks; songs about mom, songs about mother superior, songs about mom’s abandoning their kids, and pleas for mom to “Just leave me alone!”.

We’re hearing everyone’s favorite camping song “Hello Mother” by The Skatalites in the background.  “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” was a comedy single released by Allan Sherman in 1963 to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli‘s “Dance Of The Hours”.  What’s really crazy, is in the second verse Allan sings “You remember Leonard Skinner. He got Ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner.”.  Lynyrd Skynyrd would go on to name their band after a different man of the same name; their own gym teacher.  What’re the odds?

Let’s continue the ska feel with Paul Simon doing “Mother And Child Reunion” off of his sophomore self-titled album.

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DJ: After quitting The Misfits in 1983, Glenn Danzig started Samhain, which would eventually evolve into Danzig.  Focusing on darker themes, Samhain was signed by Rick Rubin, had a lineup change, and turned into the first incarnation of Danzig.  We heard his big hit “Mother” off of the Danzig 1988 debut.

Social Distortion was another 2nd wave punk band from the 80’s, citing Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones as influences on their sound.  Band leader Mike Ness fell into a 3-year heroin binge after the release of their debut album Mommy’s Little Monster.   After rehab, they got back together with some new members and are still touring to this day.  We heard the title track from that album.

Social D’s influences, The Rolling Stones, played “Mother’s Little Helper” from their 1966 LP Aftermath.  Careful with those pills, mama.

The Shirelles played one of their big hits, “Mama Said” from their 1961 album The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings.  The song has gone on to be covered countless times, but we like to stick to the originals here (if we can).

Paul Simon led the set with his ska-inspired hit “Mother And Child Reunion”.  Paul recorded the song in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios with backing band members from The Maytals.

We’re gonna play some new music now with Black Lips doing “Occidental Front” from their brand new LP Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?.

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DJ: A different type of “mama said”, that’s for sure. Maynard James Keenan’s solo project Puscifer has quite the different sound from his other more metal-based projects (Tool, A Perfect Circle).  He’s quoted as describing the sound as like “driving around in your car listening to those old Motown hits, James Brown, and cool R&B stuff.”    It sure is evident.

We heard Yeezy doing his ode to mama “Hey Mama”. Kanye’s mother Donda passed away in 2007 due to post-operative factors from undergoing liposuction and a breast reduction.

Pink Floyd gave us “Mother” from their epic double LP The Wall.  The song describes the main character’s mother being overprotective and wanting to help him build a wall to protect him from the outside world.  If you’ve never seen the movie The Wall, we’d suggest giving it a try sometime.  You may want to take some drugs first.

Tracy Bonham screamed at her mother on “Mother, Mother” from 1996’s The Burdens Of Being Upright. Somewhat of a one-hit wonder, Tracy never found the success that her big debut gave her again, but stuck in the music industry anyway.  The drummer on that album was actually Josh Freese. Josh joined The Vandals in 1990 and has drummed on an extensive list of albums for all kinds of artists.  He’s also a member of the aforementioned A Perfect Circle.

The next set kicks off with Arthur Alexander covering The Beatles with “Anna (Go To Him)”. Here’s our tribute to the founder of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis.

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DJ: Our Beatles set ends with their Magical Mystery Tour track “Your Mother Should Know”.  In the movie, the band members are all wearing red carnations except Paul, whose was black.  Carnations are the flower associated with Mother’s Day!  We’re actually hearing Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed do an acoustic rendition of “Something” in the background, and Arthur Alexander led the set with a song The Beatles would later cover.

After Arthur, was The Byrds doing a live & shortened version of Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).  The track comes from their 1970 (Untitled) double live/studio LP.  They also cover Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” on the album.  Check out “Lover Of The Bayou” sometime; Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch would go on to cover it.

Speaking of Bob, we heard him croon for his lady in the outtake “Mama, You Been On My Mind” from the Another Side Of Bob Dylan sessions.  The song would go on to be covered by artists like Rod Stewart and Jeff Buckley and saw a formal release on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.

The middle-trio-piece of our Beatles set wrapped up with Ron Gallo doing “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” from his new album Heavy Meta.  Ron comes from garage rock band Toy Soldiers, all hailing from Philadelphia.  Heavy Meta is gaining steam and lots of critical praise for its literacy and brash truths. Good stuff, Ron.

So now we’re going to get weird with David Peel & The Lower East Side doing “Happy Mother’s Day” off of his Have A Marijuana LP.   Probably one of the weirder albums I own.  All recorded on a street corner in New York City.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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DJ: The Terror Watts will be releasing their first official album this May with the Terror Watts EP.  Hailing from Birmingham, UK, the trio plays straight forward garage rock/punk which is exactly what we want to hear on Feel Me Flow!  Support them and buy the new EP on May 26th.

Childish Gambino released the adventurous “Awaken, My Love!” last year to much critical acclaim. The actor-turned-rapper Donald Glover has released 3 LPs, 7 mixtapes, and 2 EPs.  “Redbone” has become a largely known hit for him and comes from this same album.

New York ska band The Slackers dropped by with “Mommy” from 2003’s Close My Eyes.  Slacker Vic Ruggiero plays with Rancid whenever they need an organ sound.  Vic’s got an extensive solo discography as well.

The Shelters gave us “Rebel Heart” from their debut LP.  Sounds a bit like The Byrds, no?  The album was produced by Tom Petty, who is a huge Byrds fan.  The Shelters are touring now and will be at Lollapalooza this summer.

Fountains Of Wayne achieved great success with the release of this next song.  Many have proclaimed annoyance and distaste for the tune, but I think Adam wrote a great pop rock song.  He also wrote “That Thing You Do“, which is as catchy as it gets.  Let’s hear it.  Stacy’s Mom has got it goin’ on…

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DJ: We gotta have that funk! George Clinton and Parliament getting funky on “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” from their 1975 space funk LP Mothership Connection.  If you’re unfamiliar with George and Parliament, but like funk, we’d suggest diving into their catalog.  Maybe start with Maggot Brain?

Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was originally recorded by Eric Burdon & The Animals in 1966, but stayed under the radar until 4 years later when Randy and Three Dog Night both recorded and released it.  Three Dog Night would take it into another atmosphere of success.  They sure were quite the cover band

Speaking of originals, Avoid One Thing’s “Lean On Sheena” would go on to be covered by The Bouncing Souls for their album The Gold Record.  Avoid One Thing was a side project started by Joe Gittelman (the bass fiddleman) of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Not all moms are equal, and some are just deadbeats. Eric Melvin wanted to make that clear in NOFX’s “Dead Beat Mom” from their 2016 LP First Ditch Effort.   Don’t be shitty, moms.  Dads, don’t be shitty either.  Let’s not be shitty to each other!

Here’s something very unshitty; a new track from the recently reunited At The Drive-In!

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DJ: Run them jewels back, run them run them jewels back. El-P and Killer Mike‘s rap duo Run The Jewels has been one of the hottest things in hip-hop over the last few years. Keep it going guys, the stuff is amazing.

John Lennon’s mother Julia didn’t want him, as he just proclaimed.  She gave him up to her sister when he was young, and started a different family.  Julia died in a car crash in 1958 when John was just 18.

Canadian country chanteuse Cat Clyde just released her debut LP Ivory Castanets on May 5th.  If this track is any indication of the rest of the album, we’re excited.  Country music needs new life!  Get rid of the pop crap they’re playing and give us that Outlaw music! Great tune, Cat.

Rant over; let’s talk about another country outlaw – Merle Haggard.  Merle sadly died last year on his birthday April 6th.  Ray Charles had died the year before on April 6th, and Don Rickles and David Peel died this year on April 6th.  Watch out for April 6th, everyone.  We heard one of his more famous songs with “Mama Tried”.

After reuniting a second time in 2015, At The Drive-In finally put out a new album, their first since 2000’s Relationship Of Command.  We heard “Governed By Contagions” from the latest LP in•ter a•li•a.  

OK music fans, the time has once again come to wind down another episode of Feel Me Flow. Enjoy the beautiful Sunday that is Mother’s Day, and join us next time when we celebrate Krist Novoselic’s birthday in our Nirvana episode! Oh, and a shout-out to my mom Debbie, who is pictured in our artwork this week. Love you Mom!

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