Mother, don’t you recognize your son

I was thinking of doing a post about songs that mention mothers and it got me thinking of Lady Madonna and that got me thinking of What I Got (because it’s the same tune) and that got me thinking about how I think one of the Sublime albums has the best title of all time and that got me thinking about seeing Cadillac Records and how everyone involved had a great name (you can’t beat Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters for names and I Can’t Be Satisfied and Killing Floor aren’t bad name either)…and that gave me an idea for a post.

What’s the best title for an album ever?

For me, this is a slam dunk. Forty Ounces To Freedom.

What’s the best name for a band ever?

I know you all think I’m a dad rock kind of a guy but I’m going to get a little contemporary here and go with Hurray for the Riff Raff.

What’s the best name for a song ever?

I think when you get down to it you can’t beat some of the old blues stuff — I Can’t Be Satisfied, Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground, Stones In My Passway. I mean, that says it all, right? I also like Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, though.

Finally, how about songs about mothers?

I’ll go with the one in the title here. There’s one I like even better but it’s a little dark (though very upbeat!) because it begins with a hearse.

196 replies
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    Cermet says:

    Finally a post I can’t make any comment on …wait? Oh, well – once a jackal always a jackal.

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    Yarrow says:

    Best song title and a song about a mother: “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child.”

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    Pope Ratzy says:

    You Can Tune A Piano But You can’t Tuna Fish

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    p.a. says:

    3 in a row from The Replacements Stink
    God Damn Job
    White and Lazy
    Dope Smokin Moron

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    AnotherBruce says:

    Best album title; Sparks, Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins.

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    John Barleycorn says:

    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys – Traffic

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Band names I am not sure, but I will always love Kate Bush “The Hounds of Love” Album. It is truly spectacular in it’s innovation. Side one is a loosely connected collection of songs, but side two is a pure brilliant narrative from start to finish. It also includes the track “Mother stands for comfort”. I am sure all of you are well aware of it but for those who are not I would urge you to seek it out. My particular favorite of the entire album is “Jig of Life”. Pure genius.

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    geg6 says:

    @Pope Ratzy:

    Damn, that’s what I was going to post.

    Great minds!

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    RSA says:

    What’s the best title for an album ever?

    I’m partial to Combat Rock. It’s what rock and roll should be about, I think, even if it took until 1982 for a band to say it.

    What’s the best name for a band ever?

    Spandau Ballet should be in the running.

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    pat says:

    Back in the 70’s I recall hearing some kind of country thing like “everyone leaves footprints on the shifting sands of time, but I’ll just leave the mark of a heel..”
    Maybe Johnny Cash?

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    geg6 says:

    As for song title, I’ll always be partial to I Wanna Be Sedated.

    Can’t think of any mother songs. Maybe Julia by the Beatles. I find John Lennon’s childhood story so poignant.

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    JR says:

    “Legalize It” was a pretty striking album title and cover.

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    MomSense says:

    Children of Children by Jason Isbell is a beautiful song about his mom. Makes me cry every time.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I asked my husband these questions (1 and 2), and he said Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; and Beatles (he’s an imaginative cuss).

    I say Workingman’s Dead; and hmmmm. . . . let me think about it. I know we’re supposed to come up with something obscure, but I keep thinking Pink Floyd.

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    GxB says:

    Best Album title – A Led Zeppelin tribute by many different artists/styles – “The Song Retains the Name”

    Best Band name – Steely Dan, a monstrous, metal dildo, slam dunk here.

    Last two are way harder:

    Best Title – Uhm… “Grazing in the Grass”? I dunno, it elicits a vision of cows I guess.
    Mother song – uhh “Tie Your Mother Down” by Queen (?)

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    John Cole says:

    REO Speedwagon- You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish
    Neil Young- Rust Never Sleeps
    Public Enemy- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    NIN- Pretty Hate Machine

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    Best song about mothers? “A Song For Mama”, Boyz II Men.

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    chopper says:

    What’s the best title for an album ever?

    three chord monte, tho really it’s an EP

    What’s the best name for a band ever?

    the child molestors.

    What’s the best name for a song ever?

    Debbie Gibson is having my two-headed love child.

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    John Cole says:

    Also, almost any album title by Frank Zappa- Sheikh Yerbouti, Shut up and Play Yer Guitar, Broadway the Hard Way, We’re Only In It For the Money and on and on.

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    Best album title? “Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow,” Funkadelic.

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    PPCLI says:

    Album name? I’ve always been partial to The Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People.

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    chopper says:

    best song about mothers – ya mama by the pharcyde

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    Emerald says:

    Best name for a band ever: The Beatles.

    Really. Incredibly simple, incredibly effective. Betcha anything that Lennon came up with it.

    (They kinda had most of the best songs, too)

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:

    Need some dysfunctionality here.

    Tracy Bonham – “Mother Mother”

    Jerry Jeff Walker – “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother”

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Best band name: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Best album name: Peter Gabriel (so good, he used it four times :-) )
    Best song name: “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” (Pink Floyd)
    Best song about mothers: “Julia” (the Beatles)

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    gbbalto says:

    I know what song with the hearse that you are referring to – a favorite that I hope I won’t be singing soon. Mama is 89 and still going strong and living on her own, but winding down…Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

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    catbirdman says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Hounds of Love was a staple of my college years. You’ve inspired me to listen to it again, on this lazy afternoon. If the wine hasn’t overtaken me by the time it’s over, I’ll check back in. Thanks for the prompt!

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    geg6 says:

    Oh, and best band name has to be The Stooges.

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    Kathleen says:

    ETA: Best Mon Song
    Harper Valley PTA. One of the best take downs of small town hypocrisy ever, courtesy of the pissed off mom celebrated in the song.

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Mother’s Day seems as good a time as any to fire up the Cocteau-Stravinsky Oedipus Rex.

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    piratedan says:


    for an album title… Doug and the Slugs, Cognac and Bologna still has a special place for me…

    as for a song title…. Holly and the Italians first came out with Tell That Girl to Shut Up although there are a couple from Nick Lowe that are especially awesome (imho, ymmv) What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding and Time Wounds All Heels….

    there are so many clever song titles out there I feel like I could rattle off another six or seven….

    Put Your Teeth Up on the Windowsill – Southern Culture on the Skids
    Crawling from the Wreckage – Dave Edmunds
    Are You Drinking With Me Jesus? – Beat Farmers
    Birdhouse In Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
    Little Bitty Pretty One – Clyde McPhatter
    The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes – Elvis Costello

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    SoupCatcher says:

    For song title, I’m partial to Billie Holiday’s “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer.”

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    RobertDSC-Mac Mini says:

    Finally, how about songs about mothers?

    Mama Said by Metallica.

    Finally, a music thread I can participate in.

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    Wag says:

    Learning to Flinch by Warren Zevin ranks up there as far as album titles, along with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Ribots by Flaming Lips.

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    NineDragonSpot says:

    @Ninedragonspot: seem to have botched the Oedipus link.

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    ljdramone says:

    “Fear of Music”.

    Talking Heads’ third studio album, released April 1979.

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    Don’t know if these are the best band names, but…

    Level 42
    The Earons
    Steel Pulse

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    Wild Cat says:

    Mother Album? Kate Bush. “The Kick Inside.”

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    Victor Matheson says:

    Two mother songs from the 80s:

    Mother by The Police, probably the worst song recorded by this otherwise outstanding band.

    Look mama by Howard Jones. Nice light piece of synthy pop. Howard jones still tours a lot. I have seen him 2 or 3 times recently and still love his sound. Dated, but so am I.

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    Wallis Lane says:

    Best album title: Beatles for Sale, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

    Best band name: The Damned
    Best Mother’s Day band name: The Mothers of Invention

    Best Song Title: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
    Best Mother’s Day Song Title: Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadow?

    Best Mother Song: Hey Mamma, Kanye West (pre-MAGA)

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Best Album title: Goat Head Soup (Rolling Stones)
    Best song about Mothers: Dear Mama (Tupac)

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    Dman-lurker says:

    Song: Several Species of Small Furry Creatures Gather Together in a Cave and Groving with a Pict.

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    JCJ says:

    For album title I always liked Ulla Meinecke”s “Wenn schon nicht for immer dann wenigstens for ewig” which my poor translating skills changes “if not forever then at least for eternity.”

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    frosty says:

    @Emerald: And The Beatles played off their predecessors The Crickets. Deep, very deep.

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    Pope Ratzy says:

    Handful of the great blues songs about Mother both past and present…
    Dear Mother – Johnny Copeland
    My Mother Is Gone – Champion Jack Dupree
    My Mother – Buddy Guy
    I Wish My Mother Was Here – Byther Smith
    Mother – Sue Foley
    Nobody Loves Me But My Mother – BB King
    Song For My Mother – Billy Branch
    Mother Blues – Sharon Lewis

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    raven says:

    Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites
    Mama Hated Diesels

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    Aleta says:

    But now here’s this tiny baby
    And they say she looks just like me
    And she is smiling at me
    With that present/infant glee
    Yes and i would defend
    To the ends of the earth
    Her perfect right to be

    So I’m beginning to see some problems
    With the ongoing work of my mind
    And I’ve got myself a new mantra
    It says: don’t forget to have a good time!
    Don’t let the sellers of stuff
    Have power enough
    to rob you of your grace
    Love is all over the place
    There’s nothing wrong with your face
    Love is all over the place
    There’s nothing wrong with your face

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    Barney says:

    Best band name: Wild Bill Harzia and the Malarial Swamp Dogs

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    Kathleen says:

    More Mom songs:

    Mama Didn’t Lie – Jan Bradley

    Mama Said – The Shirrelles:

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    Sad song about motherhood – “Thank you Louise” by Ryan Adams

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    Songs about mothers? “Cleaning Out My Closet,” Eminem

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    frosty says:

    Drawing a blank on album, band, and song titles. But here’s two Mom songs, albeit from left field:

    Motherless Children – Blind Willie Johnson, Eric Clapton, Roseanne Cash, Catfish Keith, et al
    Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings

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    raven says:

    Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

    Milk Shakin Mama

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    Chacal Charles Calthrop says:

    Great song title: Meatloaf’s Everything Louder than Everything Else, although Paradise by the Dashboard Light is also a cool title and a better song
    One of the more accurate songs about mothers (which I know is not the test, but still): Rolling Stones, “Mother’s Little Helper”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Best mom songs? I’ve always thought that This Woman’s Work was at least implicitly about motherhood. And there is My Three Babies.

    @Ben Cisco (onboard the Defiant): It is known.

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    Montanareddog says:

    Song title: Careful with that axe, Eugene

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    @Litlebritdifrnt: I got to see her in London in 2014. She did side 2 of HoL — brilliant theater.

    @MomSense: Yes!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Bessie Smith sang that (I wasn’t aware Billie Holiday did).

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    Wag says:

    @Mingobat (f/k/a Karen in GA):

    That would have been amazing I’ll bet the visuals for Under Ice were amazing.

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    Aleta says:

    Alela Diane Never easy
    I’ve been told that I arrived to
    The cawing of a bird
    Crying, yelling, screaming, howling
    Into the sun

    It’s never been easy
    For you and I
    No, it’s never been easy
    For you and I

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    MomSense says:

    Episode 2 of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour is Mothers. His radio programs are so good.

    theme time radio hour

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: OT: Did you see this earlier in the week? He is Class of ’85 and was in my fraternity.

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    Montanareddog says:

    @raven: Tell Mama

    ETA: Etta James’ version

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    Roland Stone says:

    Gotta be Mama Tried.

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    germy says:

    Mother, you had me but I never had you
    I wanted you
    You didn’t want me

    So I got
    I just got to tell you
    Goodbye, goodbye

    (“Mother” – John Lennon)

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    lgerard says:

    Song about mothers

    Merle Haggard Mama Tried

    Album Title

    Miles Davis In A Silent Way

    Band name

    The Urinals

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    Mike J says:

    Best song about mother


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    SoupCatcher says:

    @zhena gogolia: Cool. Thanks! I’d only ever heard the Billie Holiday one. Saw, when I did a search to make sure I had the name right, covers by Nina Simone and Diana Ross as well.

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    germy says:

    And at sixty-five years old
    My mother, God rest her soul
    Couldn’t understand why the only man
    She had ever loved had been taken
    Leaving her to start
    With a heart so badly broken

    Despite encouragement from me
    No words were ever spoken
    And when she passed away
    I cried and cried all day
    Alone again, naturally

    gilbert o’sullivan “Alone Again, Naturally”

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    germy says:

    Groucho Marx sang this song called “Father’s Day”

    Today, father is father’s day
    and we’re giving you a tie
    It’s not much you know
    it is just our way of showing you
    we think you’re a regular guy

    You said it was nice of us to bother
    but it really was a pleasure to fuss
    for according to our mother you’re our father
    and that’s good enough for us
    yes that’s good enough for us.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    No, I didn’t see it. Neat.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I see it was written by someone called Wesley Wilson. Great song.

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    Anotherlurker says:

    Best album cover and album title: “Child is Father to the Man” . It is Blood, Sweat and Tears’ first album, the only one with the unmistakeable mark of Al Kooper.
    Best song title: “What’s He Building in There?” by Tom Waits.

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    Chacal Charles Calthrop says:

    Great song title, and (somewhat) about motherhood: You’re the reason our kids are ugly

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Speaking of Bessie Smith, how can you beat “T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness if I Do”?

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    apocalipstick says:

    Album: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass, Yo La Tengo
    Song: Liquored Up and Lacquered Down, Southern Culture on the Skids

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Anotherlurker: If we are going with Tom Waits, I think this one is better: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    And a link for the benighted who don’t know the divine Bessie Smith. I first heard this at the beginning of Diana Ross’s Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues and I was hooked!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I’m going out of internet contact tomorrow until Sun 5/20. I’ll miss you jackals. If DJT resigns while I’m away, I’ll just have to process it on my own.

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    divF says:

    @raven: +1, and a shout-out for Kevin “Blackie” Farrell who wrote the song (and sings it in a duet with Bill Kirchen when the latter comes to town).

    As for titles, the Doobie Brothers “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits” kind of tells a story.

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    Mike J says:

    @apocalipstick: Many YLT songs could make the list.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: Hopefully you will be doing something fun.

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    catbirdman says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Hounds of Love stands up well to the test of time. That first side was just so amazing — culminating in “Cloudbursting” — that I don’t know that I ever turned it over. The second half has its moments, and I do like the Jig of Life, but for my taste those first five songs are just amazing and once it slows down I’m ready to move on. Thanks for remembering it!

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    geg6 says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Have a good respite, if that’s what is is.

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    Peter says:

    For album title perfection, it’s hard to beat Junior Kimbrough’s Most Things Haven’t Worked Out.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    That sounds kind of harsh and mysterious! Bon voyage, I guess.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    “Mother and Child Reunion” (Paul Simon with Cissy Houston on background vocals) is another great song about mothers.

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    divF says:

    @divF: And since I can’t seem to edit my own comment, “We’re Only In It for the Money” by the Mothers of Invention, in response (then and now) to “Sgt. Pepper’s”.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    La Jolla. I’ve never been there so I don’t know if it will be fun.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @zhena gogolia: Enjoy your internet vacation.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Steeplejack (phone):

    I just hate traveling.

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    joel hanes says:


    excellence both in band name and in choice of songs

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Okay, I have to plug my friend’s version of that one.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Мы будем скучать по тебе.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Russian doesn’t work here so here’s what I tried to say in Spanish

    Te extrañaremos.

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    aarrgghh says:

    two hard-hitting songs for those with certain parental issues …

    “momma’s gotta die tonight” by body count
    “dad” by no means no

    today’s trifecta: song, band & album title …

    “my definition of a boombastic jazz style” by dream warriors from the album “and now the legacy begins”

    some misc others …

    “mama said knock you out” by ll cool j
    “vietnamerica” by the stranglers
    “no sleep til brooklyn” by the beastie boys
    “ya shoulda killed me last year” by ice t

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I ia budu po vam skuchat’ tozhe.

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    Another Scott says:

    The Who Sell Out

    The The

    Tune-Yards – “I can feel you creep into my private life” (I haven’t actually heard the album yet)

    Lots and lots of clever people out there. :-)


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    Calouste says:

    @Chacal Charles Calthrop: Alas, “Everything Louder Than Everything Else” is not a Meatloaf original phrase. It’s a comment Ian Gillian makes (to the PA person I assume) between songs on Deep Purple’s “Live in Japan”.

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    AnotherBruce says:

    @ljdramone: God I loved that album. It was aptly named. Talking Heads darkest album.

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    Calouste says:

    Best mother song: “La Mama” by Charles Aznavour.

    Best band name: Noise ‘R’ Us.

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    Shell says:

    Good band name: ‘Ozark Mountain Daredevils’

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    AnotherBruce says:

    Group name. Bonzo Dog Doodah Band

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    Shell says:

    @raven: Another good Griffith one: ‘Ford Econoline.’

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    hilts says:

    Best Album Title: Between Nothingness & Eternity by Mahavishnu Orchestra

    Best Band Name – Velvet Underground

    Best Song Title – Love Minus Zero/No Limit by Bob Dylan

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    Another Scott says:

    @zhena gogolia: Beautiful countryside and beaches. Lots and lots of rich people. Rmoney’s car elevator. Used to be a fancy mall there, dunno if it’s still open (malls seem to be dying).

    Stuff like that.

    Have fun!


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    raven says:

    @Shell: Chicken Train, runnin all day. . .

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    psycholinguist says:

    R. L. Burnside – “A Asspocket of Whiskey” Great album

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    Cebm says:

    Mama Told Me Not to Come, Three Dog Night.

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    Aleta says:

    Three Dog Night, Mama told me not to come

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    Hoodie says:

    Friend had s college band named The Vagrants. Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band was also a good one.

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    Song: To Make an Idol of Our Fear and Call It God (Panopticon)
    Album: Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (Akercocke)
    Band: Wolves in the Throne Room

    Off the top of my head. I don’t only listen to black metal, but it probably is about half of my listening.

    From choices above, I approve of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (both musically and as answers to these questions).

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    TheOtherHank says:

    Mom song: When I first met your ma by Paul Kelly.

    Best band name, when I lived in Minneapolis I used to fliers for M.C. 900 Foot Jesus

    Best Album Name: Candy Apple Grey by Husker Du

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    bluefish says:

    She Came in Through the Bathroom Window — all I got. Thanks for cheering us up. I feel like hell today. These cats can really really get you down. And I don’t mean the pussies. Just the wankers.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    I’ve never been to La Jolla, but it sounds nice.

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    TheOtherHank says:

    Follow up post. My kid is fond of the band Ninja Sex Party.

    I thought of another mom song: Moanin’ With Your Mama by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper

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    BeezusQ says:

    Saw a posting, on a telephone pole in San Francisco (years ago)… band called “Does This Look Infected.” Still cracks me up.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Songs about mothers? Hmm. Does Springsteen’s American Land count? He mentions the Zerillis, his mother’s family from Italy.

    @Patricia Kayden:
    I remember reading that Paul Simon said it was inspired by a chicken-and-egg dish in a Chinese restaurant.

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    ChuckBerryIsGod says:

    Album title…
    Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth…Joan Jett

    Mother song…
    Mother…Pink Floyd

    Band name…
    The Yeah Yeah, Yeahs

    Song title…
    Orgasm Addict…The Buzzcocks

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    CliosFanBoyNeeWoodrowfan says:

    Your Mamma Don;t Dance…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    M.C. 900 Foot Jesus

    I remember them.

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    RandomMonster says:

    Doesn’t constitute “greatest”, but I’m partial to Ween and their album 12 Golden Country Greats and the song Piss Up a Rope. The lyrics get me laughing hard no matter how many times I hear it.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Another Scott:

    Thanks. We’re getting a tour of the Salk Institute — I should ask for a tour of Rmoney’s car elevator while we’re at it!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    That’s a good one.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Hoodie: There was a punk band in Dayton called “The Bad Elvis Impersonators”. They were lots of fun, and horrible Elvis impersonators (they didn’t even try ;-).


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    Songs about mothers:

    Joe Ely’s “Na’cho Mama” (which really means: “I’m na’cho mama, na’cho girl, I didn’t bring you into this world!”)

    Oingo Boingo’s “Mama”

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    jk says:

    Best Album Titles: The American Metaphysical Circus by Joseph Byrd, Unhalfbricking by Fairport Convention, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You by Caravan

    Best Band Names – It’s a Beautiful Day, Tangerine Dream, Soft Machine, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Flamin’ Groovies, King Crimson, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Tower of Power

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    efgoldman says:

    Dave Barry has all the best band names

    Flagrant Pork
    The Colossal Colon
    Tommy Tapeworm
    The Cotton-Eating Moths of Australia
    Excessive Deer Doots
    The Fabulous Snake Doots
    The Fierce Prune-Eating Hamsters from Space
    The Flaming Booty Moths
    The Flaming Croutons
    The Flaming Salmonella Units
    The Flying Shards
    Italic Squirrels
    Little Heed
    Pinot Noir and his Nuances of Toast
    Sheep Eyeballs
    Short Shrift
    Shy Fruiter and the Saplings
    Slippery Spleens
    The Turkey Spiders
    Violently Fracturing Water Closets
    Rodent Passion
    Kung Fu Trees
    Combat Alfalfa
    Nuclear Underpants
    The Groin Whappers
    Thrusting Balloon Puppies
    The Moos of Derision
    Flaming Booty Moths
    Slippery Spleens
    Weasel Nostrils
    Italic Squirrels
    Little Heed
    Short Shrift
    Groping For Elmo
    Pig-Stinging Jellyfish
    Fugitive Squirrel and the Clearly Disturbed Beavers
    The Mighty Shaking Wattles
    Drawers Full of Slugs
    Brilliant Thighs
    Paint Peeling Puffs of Flatulence
    Foliage Eaters
    Mosquito Hunter and the Unreliable Pollinators
    Marcel and the Turpitudes
    Duane Ketter and his Wildlife Technicians
    Decomposing Tubers
    Bill and the Bracts
    The Radioactive Muskrats
    Dewayne Hurlmont and the Compunctions of Soul
    Rapid Sucking Action
    Contaminated Tumbleweeds
    Varlet and the Squeaking Codpieces
    Violently Fracturing Water Closets
    The Flying Shards
    Eerie Groin Legumes
    Fierce Prune-Eating Hamsters From Space
    Virtual Weasils
    The Thriving Balkan Prunes
    Legendary Carp
    Disoriented Chickadees
    Hearty Polyp Chuckles
    Weasel Feet
    Mature Hamsters
    Elmo Wendorf and the Cow Fitters
    Yuck Bomb
    Invasion of the Dork Tourists From Space
    Hawley Smoot Tariff
    Blood Sucking Death Cabbages From Hell
    Glass Eyeball Caper
    Wild Rotting Potatoes
    Martian Death Flu
    Death Squid
    Comically Monikered
    Pullet Surprise
    Low Flow Toilets
    Cones of Doom
    Tater Silo
    Stealth Thong
    Tactical Field Brassiere
    Body Stapler Kit
    Quid Pro Quo
    Death Comet
    Blowtorch Noogie
    Umbrella Cheese
    Buck Naked Oenologists
    Soccer Lizards
    Hamelin Poolites
    Noogie Booger
    Invasion of Slugs
    Roaches 2.0
    Pregnant Mustard

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    cmorenc says:

    Best song title ever:

    “Won’t you drop-kick me Jesus over the goal-posts of life”.

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    kip says:

    Mother song – Kate Bush for sure “Mother Stands For Comfort”

    though a related twist might be Gabriel’s “Fear Is The Mother Of Violence”

    Album title: “Same Trailer, Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves, which includes the odd “mother” mention

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    Craig says:

    Song Title? Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

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    Craig says:

    Song Name: Two minutes of Silence

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    Another Scott says:

    @zhena gogolia: The Salk Institute is right on the beach, IIRC. There’s a park with cliffs and lots of hang gliders and para gliders and so forth right next to it. Nice soaring birds, too.

    Definitely try to see Rmoney’s Elevator and report back!!

    (“Unfortunately, he may have sold the house.”)

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Album titles: is there no love for Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid?

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    And while it’s a bit early for songs about fathers, Was Not Was’ “Dad, I’m In Jail” is a rather, ah, memorable song, that I hope to be playing after the next round of indictments.

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    Craig says:

    Best band name : The Naked Cult of Hickey.
    Best Song: Promise Me There Won’t Be Any Squares At My Funeral. By the aforementioned Hickey.

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    Craig says:

    Best album Title: Pure. By The Jesus Lizard.

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    JR says:

    @zhena gogolia: Try to go to the Scripps Marine Reserve, part of the UCSD campus. It’s located right near the Salk Institute although there is no direct way to get between them. If you’re adventurous you can climb down the bluffs to Black’s Beach, a world-famous surfing ground and infamous nude beach although I’ve never seen anyone naked down there.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I am not adventurous. But we might go to the Scripps Marine Reserve.

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    mad citizen says:

    I second the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band for band name, and add the one off from Dylan’s Nashville producer Bob Johnston, who made the album Moldy Goldies by Colonel Jubilation P. Johnston & His Mystic Knights Band & Street Singers. Worth checking out on youtube.

    I’ve always thought this one is a great album title: You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic is the fourth solo album by Ian Hunter. The album features members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band as the backing band. It is considered by many to be Hunter’s best recording.

    Finally, for band names, either The Dead Kennedys or The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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    Craig says:

    Best Album Title for real: Electric Ladyland

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    JGabriel says:

    DougJ @ Top:

    Finally, how about songs about mothers?

    I don’t really know the best song, or best song title, about mothers. But the best song and song title about a father is undoubtedly Martha Wainwright’s Bloody Motherfucking Asshole.

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    debbie says:

    @zhena gogolia: @zhena gogolia:

    Enjoy the peacefulness!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Chacal Charles Calthrop: Lol!!! Dying.

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    Ivan X says:

    Over in 80’s indie/punk world, I’d have to give best album title, at least what occurs to me at this minute, to a tie between Killdozer’s Intellectuals Are The Shoeshine Boys Of The Ruling Elite, and Big Black’s Songs About Fucking.

    Band name is so hard to choose from — I’m gonna go with Dead Kennedys (though I’m personally partial to Revolting Cocks).

    For song title, it’s gotta be Fear’s I Don’t Care About You.

    All of the above are subject to reconsideration and revision every three minutes over the next month.

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    The Ancient Randonneur says:

    Strange Fruit — Billie Holiday, but you have to know the lyrics of the song to get it

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    DavidC says:

    Title and group: “Upright Organ Blues” by Glenn Hardman & His Hammond Five. Bunch of Basie guys with Lester Young.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @zhena gogolia: Wow!! Your friend has great vocals!! He needs to try out for one of those singing competitions.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I don’t think he will ever, ever do that!

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    Lumpy Gravy is my favorite LP name (followed by Uncle Meat).

    “I keep switching girls all the time, ’cause if I’m able to find a girl, with really a groovy car that I can build up, man, I’ll go steady with her for awhile ’till I can build up her car and blow up the engine!” — Motorhead Sherwood.

    For some reason, I wanna listen to “Bad ‘n’ Ruin” by Faces. I wonder why… ;)

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    zhena gogolia says:

    How about Four Serious Songs (Brahms)?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: How can we miss you if you won’t go away? :P

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Amir Khalid: Which is kind of a letdown. In my imagination, there’s some great backstory about a heartwarming family reunion. Oh well.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Inorite? It’s the prospect of going cold turkey . . . . I’ll go away soon! Have to get up early.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @zhena gogolia: Just for the publicity and exposure. He has a great voice and guitar skills.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I agree.

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    LEE337 says:

    Best album name: i Started out with nothin and i Still got most of it Left, by Seasick Steve
    Best song title: My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, by Zappa & the Mothers (from Weasels Ripped My Flesh, not a bad album name, either)
    Best band name: The The

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: I checked out of here around noon on Friday and didn’t check back in until around 6:00 tonight. The break didn’t hurt. Family time – niece playing soccer (a spring sport for girls in WI), nephew in variety show, and Mom’s Day. Not a Trumpy in sight.

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    Anotherlurker says:

    @Hoodie: Lesley West, of Mountain, was previously in a Long Island, NY band called The Vagrants.
    Same band?

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    KSinMA says:

    “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”

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    Stuart Frasier says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Weird Al’s best album name has to be “Straight Outta Lynwood”
    My favorite album name is probably The Dead Milkmen’s “Metaphysical Graffiti”

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    Amir Khalid says:


    The The

    A band name impossible to translate into Malay.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It’s amazing how the rest of the world is able to just pretend he doesn’t exist.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: No, it’s that we all agree that he is horrible, and I don’t have to dread being around the family members who are near enough that I am obligated to care about them.

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    PIGL says:

    Mama Tried.

    That is all.

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    PIGL says:

    @Amir Khalid: because there are no articles?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @PIGL: He was a newspaper reporter; of course there are articles.

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    Formerly disgruntled in Oregon says:

    @PIGL: That leaves only me to blame…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Formerly disgruntled in Oregon: You have a dad? Siblings?

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    Immanentize says:

    Best album name:
    Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To —
    Spaceman 3 (also a good band name)

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    Jacel says:

    After scanning 160+ posts, I’ll try to add something new…

    Best Band Name: Buck Naked and the Bare Bottom Boys

    Best Album Title: Revolver (after I finally got why that was an appropriate name for any LP or CD)
    Runner Up: They Might Be Giants’s “MISC T” (laying claim to the sign their album would be filed under in most record stores)

    Best Mother Song: Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter’s “I Wish I Was Your Mother”

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    philbert says:

    Band Name: Bubble Puppy
    Song Name: My Wife’s Ex Sent Me Flowers Cause He Felt Sorry For Me, Cornell Hurd Band
    Mother: John Lennon

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    Mike J says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    A band name impossible to translate into Malay.

    Also impossible to search for in iTunes.

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    Arclite says:

    In a thread requesting songs about mothers, how did anyone not post “Motherlover?”

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    Duane says:

    I didnt see these mentioned. Mama’s and the Poppa’s and ” Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard. ( and I see Merle was mentioned.)

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    PST says:

    For worst mother song, how about PJ Harvey’s “Down by the Water”?

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    iamhbomb says:

    @Ivan X: Yes to “Intellectuals…” – a great record name if ever there was one. And I’ll go to Killdozer for the best ‘Mother’ song – “A Mother’s Road” from their “The Last Waltz.”

    “Tell me what did I ever do, to be cursed with children like you?”

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    Princess says:

    My favourite “mother” song is also the one with the hearse. I want them to get someone to sing it at my funeral. I guess I want to kill my kid off with one blow.

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    Abe Seeman says:

    Best album title, Ian Hunter-“You’re never alone with a schizophrenic”.

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    Emily68 says:

    Best album name was “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother & the Holding Company.

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    Tinare says:

    For album titles I always liked You Bought It – You Name It from Joe Walsh.

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    Pope Ratzy says:

    Maybe the best twofer:
    Doug And The Slugs – Music For The Hard of Thinking

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    wizened_guy says:

    Best album title (tie): Life’ll Kill Ya (Warren Zevon); Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (Dead Kennedys)
    Best song about mothers: Mama Tried
    Best band name: Big Ass Truck (Not sure if they ever put out a record but they played a lot of gigs in NY in the 1990s).

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    MuckJagger says:

    I’m kinda partial to Cracker’s “Don’t Fuck Me Up with Peace and Love.”

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    BillCinSD says:

    Being late to the party, most of the good ones I thought of are gone, But

    Song Title: Fat, Old, Drunk, and Proud by Lancaster County Prison

    Band Name: We Were Promised Jetpacks

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    amorphous says:

    I hate that I am so late.

    Best band names are fake and are: “Johnny Narcissist and Some Other Guys” “A. Hitler and the Vinyl Solutions,” and “Politically Correct Pete and the Retarded Fagg0ts”

    But the real answer is either Gojira or Old Man Gloom

    Best album title… “Achtung, Baby”? Maybe “Departure Songs” when the story and theme are considered? “Crack the Skye”?

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    Wakeshift says:

    I can’t resist this impulse to carry on a dead thread, because I am compelled after 192 comments to acknowledge these:

    Mother – Danzig
    Obvious, yes, but obligatory

    Band name – Ugly Kid Joe
    Album name – Good News for People who like bad news by Modest Mouse.

    Compulsion satisfied, my work here is done.
    Resuming anonymous lurking and failing to keep up with timely threads.

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    crshark says:

    Best Mom song: Let it Be, Beatles

    Best Band Name: Butthole Surfers

    Best Song Name: Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goal Posts of Life (cmorenc beat me to it!)

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    Bonnie says:

    I always liked the song name “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band and still wonder why Dylan called “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” that. Everything else seems to be covered pretty well. However, going way back I always liked “Yes, We have No Bananas.”

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