Sunday, May 13, 2007

I love my mother, and yours

It's your very special day, mothers of the world. Thanks very much for giving birth to us, that was an awfully nice thing to do.

Below are the best three songs that come up when I search my media player for the word mother, what are yours? A few others that came up for me were:
  • We Share Our Mother's Health, The Knife
  • Matilda Mother, Pink Floyd
  • Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives, Voxtrot
  • Mother's Little Helper, The Rolling Stones
  • My Mother Was A Chinese Trapez Artist, The Decemberists
The first one is from The Kinks' BBC Sessions, a two CD set that features rare and previously unreleased recordings that the band did for BBC radio from their first sessions in 1964 up through 1977. This has to be one of the best albums I've ever found in the used section and picked up on a whim. You can pick it up from Amazon, who says "From the beginning, Ray Davies was a brilliant songwriter in the finest English tradition while his brother Dave could crank out guitar riffs like they were going out of style. As contemporaries of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, The Kinks' distinctly British musical outlook did hinder sales in the U.S. throughout the '60s, but they are now considered to be one of the few GREAT Rock bands of their generation. 35 tracks including a few interview segments and unique versions ot Kinks favorites including 'You Really Got Me', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Death Of A Clown' and many more.

The Kinks - "Mindless Child Of Motherhood"

Song two is from The Veils, who I discussed once upon a time in this entry.

The Veils - "Advice For Young Mothers To Be"

The third track is from the final album by the now-defunct Beulah, who were associated with Elephant 6. Wiki: "Beulah themselves had stated that, if Yoko did not achieve gold status, the band would split. Though it received the best reviews of the band's career, scoring Universal Acclaim on Metacritic and described as a "career-spanning epic" by Dusted Magazine, the record still failed to achieve gold status, and consequently the band, after one final tour, split up, ending with a free concert at New York's Battery Park at Castle Clinton on August 5, 2004. Recently, a DVD chronicling their last tour in fall 2003, titled A Good Band is Easy to Kill (referring to the band's song "A Good Man is Easy to Kill", which, in turn, references lead singer Miles's love for Flannery O'Connor) was released, again to much praise. In 2005, all four Beulah albums, as well as the single "My Horoscope Said It Would Be a Bad Year," were released on iTunes after fans suggested they be easily accessible.

Beulah - "Your Mother Loves You Son"


Mercedes said...

please tell me you've heard the mashup! better than the original voxtrot version, it's "mothers, sisters,etc" mixed with massive attack's "teardrop."

Mr. Curiosity said...

Well, I have now. Thanks Mercedes!