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Ahead of Mother's Day, this Sunday, we've assembled some of the best maternity-themed music on the market – listen, weep, then double the budget you'd set aside for her present.
1. AL JOLSON – MY MAMMY
You just have to start with this one – an ode by Jolson, often imitated but seldom bettered, to the main woman in his life.
2. JACKSON 5 – MAMA'S PEARL
This tune was more of a happy accident than a loving ode; originally to be titled 'Guess Who's Making Woopie (With Your Girlfriend)', the tune was retro-fitted to better suit 13-year-old Michael.
3. KANYE WEST – HEY MAMA
Kanye recorded this as a tribute to his mum Donda, who quit her job as an English professor to manage her son's career – this was recorded shortly before she died unexpectedly in 2007. Heartbreak ahoy.
4. MOLLY DRAKE – POOR MUM
Performed by Nick Drake's mam, and released on the Family Tree compilation, this is a sweet but sorrowful tune that shows us where Nicky got his golden voice.
5. SHELBY LYNNE – MOTHER
John Lennon wasn't always the best at expressing himself through positive emotions so, to really understand how much he loved and missed his mam, who died when he was 18, you need only listen to this tune (covered live here by Lynne).
6. PINK FLOYD – MOTHER
We feel sorry for the scary Mother figure from The Wall – widowed during the war, she ended up selfishly smothering her son and getting much of the blame for his later issues.
7. SPICE GIRLS – MAMA
Right, it's all getting a bit dark in here... so what about this pop gem from the Spice Girls, which even boasts a sample from Talking Heads' This Must Be The Place? That's more like it.
8. PAUL SIMON – MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION
Simon at his best – the reggae influences in this early solo tune were a sign of the musical exploration that would later define his career.
9. SCISSOR SISTERS – TAKE YOUR MAMA
Because mam's at her best after a few glasses of cheap champagne. This tune is actually about the difficulty of coming out to family.
10. SKEEWIFF – SHAKE WHAT YOUR MAMA GAVE YA
Because there's more ways to show appreciation to your mammy than just buying a card.
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New Artist of the week
Great Good Fine OK
One of the main new bands that all of the industry was talking about at South By Southwest was Great Good Fine OK, a synth-pop band from Brooklyn.
Their name was on the lips of every A&R and agent you talked to in Texas, so it's likely that word will spread beyond the industry soon, as the moving and shaking begins around them.
It's easy to hear why: falsetto-laden glittering synth-pop is the order of the day as heard on Not Going Home, a song which also incorporates some R&B influence, as if to fit the zeitgeist.
That indie-pop R&B is compounded by the dancefloor smarts of the band's breakout single You're The One For Me.
Even more impressive, was they played their first ever live show just two weeks before SXSW.
Fans of Passion Pit and anything that's come out on Neon Gold Records in the last few years take note.
Tracks of the week
Cuckoo Lander – Dumb Dee Diddy Dumb
The touring drummer in Charli XCX's live show takes centre stage for a boisterous debut single that mixes Lykke Li-style vocals with a distorted blues-rock guitar and those big crashing drums. I wonder do we have a Phil Collins-style behind-the-kit live performer on our hands?
TUNE-YARDS – WATER FOUNTAIN
The ferocious Merrill Garbus returns with a new album, Nikki Nack, in May and her new song is like a school playground jam imbued with funky bass and African drums. Wicked and weird as ever.
THE KOOKS – DOWN
Hey, weren't the Kooks supposed to have come to a halt in the mire of indie landfill a few years ago? Congrats to Luke Pritchard and pals for injecting some swing into their music for a prime pop hit.
Videos Of The Week
Dark Horse in 20 styles
This guy does Katy Perry's song in 20 singer styles. *N Sync and Slipknot versions are the best.
Patton Oswalt does his best True Detective "Rusty" McConaughey impression and adds another dimension – "cinnamon smell".
The Onion: Teens Leave Facebook
But where are they going? Why, the comments section of Slow Motion Night Footage Of Adult Male Deer Running, of course!
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