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Out Of The Vault: Mother’s Day Show – May 11, 2013

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Fountains of Wayne – STACEY’S MOM – "Stacy's Mom" is a hit single by American band Fountains of Wayne, released in 2003 and taken from their album Welcome Interstate Managers.  It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Pop Performance at the 2004 awards. “Stacy's Mom" was written by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger. Stylistically it is power pop. "Stacy's Mom" is about an adolescent boy's MILF fantasies about his female friend Stacy's attractive mother. The boy spends time with Stacy in an attempt to get closer to her mother; hence the name of the song.

Jack Ingram – MAMA TRIED – "Mama Tried" is an American country music song written and recorded by Merle Haggard. Released in July 1968, the song became one of the cornerstone songs of his career. It won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.  However, the song is not literally autobiographical, as many country music historians point out. While writer Bill Malone's assessment of the song is in agreement with Ace Collins' (referring to his own experiences that saw him sentenced to prison), Malone points out that Haggard never was sentenced to "life without parole," as the protagonist in the song was.  Still the song's lyrics, and the protagonist's experiences, are heavily influenced by Haggard's early life.  Additionally, Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz notes Haggard's lyrics are sympathetic to his mother, who tried everything in her power to rehabilitate her rebel son. But, as the lyrics point out, "In spite of all my Sunday learning, towards the bad I kept on turning/'Til mama couldn't hold me anymore"; thus, the observation, "I turned 21 in prison doin' life without parole."  From Ingram’s CD, “Jack Ingram”, 1995.
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Mott The Hoople – I WISH I WAS YOUR MOTHER – From their album Mott, 1973. It was clear by the time Mott was released that Ian Hunter had become the dominant figure of the band. Aside from the lead track, the album includes introspective songs such as "Ballad Of Mott The Hoople", which exposes Mott’s near break-up, and the peculiar "I Wish I Was Your Mother", featuring multi-tracked mandolin, in which Hunter sings of his wish to see his love as a child.

John Lennon – MOTHER – "Mother" is a song by English musician John Lennon, first released on his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.  "Mother" is actually a cry to both his parents, who abandoned him in his childhood. His father, Alf, left the family when John was an infant. His mother, Julia, didn't live with her son, although they had a good relationship; she was hit and killed in a car accident on 15 July 1958 by a drunk off-duty policeman named Eric Clague, when Lennon was 17.  "Mother" begins with the sound of a funeral church bell ringing ominously, signifying death.  Lennon was inspired to write the song after undergoing primal therapy with Dr Arthur Janov.  Unreleased demo.

The Pretenders – EVERY MOTHER’S SON (Demo) – From the “Last of the Independents” sessions, 1994.  Unreleased until the 4 CD set “Pirate Radio”, 2006
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Nick Lowe - MAMA SAID - "Mama Said" is a song written by Luther Dixon and Willie Denson, and performed by The Shirelles. It became a top ten hit, on both the pop and R&B charts, when it was released as a single in 1961. It has been covered by American Spring, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, and The Stereos as well as a young Dionne Bromfield. It was also the inspiration for "Days Like This" by Van Morrison. It was also covered by Nick Lowe on his 2001 album The Convincer.

The Beatles – YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW - "Your Mother Should Know" is a song by the Beatles from their 1967 record Magical Mystery Tour, released in the U.S. in 1967.   It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) based on a line from the screenplay for A Taste of Honey. McCartney said he wrote it as a production number for the movie Magical Mystery Tour, supporting an old-fashioned dance segment that starts with the Beatles coming down a grand staircase in white tuxedoes. After they descend, Boy Scouts, RAF cadets and other groups march through. John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are wearing red carnations, while McCartney's is black. The carnation difference contributed to the "Paul is dead" controversy.  From The Beatles Anthology collection.
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Paul Simon – MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION - "Mother and Child Reunion" is a song by Paul Simon on his album, Paul Simon (1972), his first solo album after Bridge Over Troubled Water. It was one of the earliest songs by a white musician to feature prominent elements of reggae.  The song was inspired by Simon's grief over the death of his family's dog, while he has said that the title has its origin in a chicken-and-egg dish called "Mother and Child Reunion" that Simon saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.  The song was recorded in Jamaica with singer Jimmy Cliff's backing group. Guitarist Huks ("Hux") Brown and bass guitarist Jackie Jackson were also long-time members of reggae legends Toots & the Maytals. Cissy Houston, mother of singer Whitney Houston, sang background vocals on this song.

Warren Zevon – MAMA COULDN’T BE PERSUADED – Written by Warren Zevon and first released on “Warren Zevon”, 1976.  Warren Zevon Collector's Edition, a remastered version of this album with special bonus tracks, was released in 2008 by Rhino Records.
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The Band – RAG MAMA RAG – "Rag Mama Rag" is a song by The Band which was first released on their 1969 album The Band. Rag Mama Rag" is credited solely to Robbie Robertson. However, Levon Helm claimed years later that the song was a group effort.  The song has an improvised feel.  The Band initially attempted to record the song in a straightforward manner, but it didn't sound right to Robertson. So drummer Levon Helm moved to play mandolin, pianist Richard Manuel played drums, bassist Rick Danko played fiddle and producer John Simon played tuba, while organist Garth Hudson played upright acoustic piano in a ragtime fashion.  Helm sings the lead vocals.  Although a fan favorite, originally the band didn't think that highly of the song, recording it almost as an afterthought.  Robertson claims that "It didn't have very much importance until we recorded it, but it showed something else we could do, in a style that didn't exist." In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Matt Kemp described "Rag Mama Rag" as a "rural dance tune." According to Goldmine critic Rob Bowman, the lyrics are "about a rather curious mind-twisting woman." Allmusic critic Thomas Ward views the lyrics as "almost nonsensical." The Band biographer Barney Hoskyns describes the lyrics as "lusty tomcat lyrics," noting that the lyrics and the instrumentation, particularly the ragtime piano, make song seem like "Storyville 'brothel music.'"

Kay Adams & BR5-49 – MAMA WAS A ROCK (DADDY WAS A ROLLING STONE) – Written by Buck Moore, Johnny MacRae, and Steve Clark, and recorded by Kay Adams, an American country singer.  She recorded "Mama Was A Rock (Daddy Was A Rolling Stone)" in 1996 with BR5-49 for the compilation CD "Rig Rock Deluxe: A Musical Salute To The American Truck Driver",

Ernie K-Doe – MOTHER-IN-LAW - "Mother-in-Law" is the name of a hit 1961 single by Ernie K-Doe. It was written and produced by Allen Toussaint who also played the piano solo. After several unsuccessful takes, Allen Toussaint balled the composition up and threw it away as he was leaving the room. One of the backup singers, Willie Hopper, thought that it was such a good song that he convinced Ernie K-Doe to calm down and give it one more try.

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Sugarcubes – MOTORCYCLE MAMA – First recorded by “Sailcat”, an early Southern Pop/Rock band in 1972. near Decatur, Alabama. An early demo tape, which included the song "Motorcycle Mama", was initially discarded by the band but after it was presented to Elektra Records led to a record contract and 1972 album release titled: Sailcat "Motorcycle Mama".  On the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát, the song is covered by The Sugarcubes featuring Björk.

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