Mother’s Day, the one day we show (extra) appreciation to the one woman in our lives that shaped most of who we are, and prepared us for almost every crisis situation that we have come across. If she didn’t, she had a lot on her mind… give her a break! Either way, a small list of tunes can definitely keep the mood light and help you shower her with all sorts of appreciative gifts and gestures.
Mr. T (Lawrence Tureaud) was mainly known for his roles on The A Team and Rocky III, but also did a couple of albums, mostly motivational in nature, especially for kids. Coming out of a 1984 motivational video called Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool, the most popular segment was when he separated some kids fighting and urged them not to talk about each other’s mom. Seems like something we’re bound to do every Mother’s Day. This one is called Treat Your Mother Right.
Straight outta Camden, London, a quirky ska band by the name of Madness formed in 1976 and from them put out 15 UK top ten singles including House of Fun. Their videos appealed to younger crowds due to all the antics and camera angles and costumes. In 1982 they released their fourth album The Rise & Fall which included their biggest international hit Our House which mentions their mother as the matriarch of the family, stern and demanding, but the most missed after she was gone.
Il Divo is a classical vocal quartet that has members from four different countries. They have been prolific in both albums and live concerts, as well as collaborations. Their first self-titled album in 2004 contained the track Mama written by Quiz & Larossi (Sweden) who have written and produced songs for many big names such as The Pussycat Dolls, Geri Halliwell, Diana Ross, and Westlife.
Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne has been in and out of the news almost as much as he has hits. Selling over 100 million records (including Black Sabbath hits), he is undoubtedly one of the most successful artists ever. Mama, I’m Coming Home is the third song off his 1991 album No More Tears and was co-written by his guitarist Zakk Wylde.
Last but not least, one of the biggest anthems to come out of the 80s/90s was Danzig’s Mother. Originally released in 1988, it was remixed and re-released in 1993 as Mother ‘93. Even though it is attributed to be a song about mothers, it is really a challenge against Tipper & Al Gore’s stance that if certain music wasn’t appropriate, it should not be recorded.
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