Mother (Blondie song)

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"Mother"
Single by Blondie
from the album Panic of Girls
Released May 23, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 3:09
Label Eleven Seven
Writer(s) Deborah Harry
Kato Khandwala
Ben Phillips
Blondie singles chronology
"Good Boys"
(2003)
"Mother"
(2011)
"What I Heard"
(2011)
Music video
"Mother" on YouTube

"Mother" is the lead single from Blondie's ninth studio album Panic of Girls and was written by Kato Khandwala, Ben Phillips and the band's lead singer Deborah Harry. It was released in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2011 on all major online platforms.[1][2] It is the first single release from the band since "Good Boys" in 2003.

Background[edit]

The song was first performed in 2010 along with several other tracks from Panic of Girls during the band's Australian tour, as well as during festival appearances in the UK.

Release[edit]

On December 5, 2010 "Mother" was made available as a free download from the official Blondie website.[3] The track was later remixed with a different vocal take for the album and single release. The track was played for the first time on March 17, 2011 on BBC Radio 2's The Ken Bruce Show. On Amazon.co.uk an explicit version was released alongside the regular one.[4]

Artwork[edit]

The cover artwork for "Mother" was revealed on May 5, 2011.[5] It displays a band picture digitally manipulated to resemble a Chris Berens painting, like the artwork for its parent album. Elements of the Panic of Girls cover art are used. Also the text is inspired by the original writing by Berens.

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Laurent Rejto and features cameos by Kate Pierson from The B-52's, James Lorinz (Frankenhooker), Johnny Dynell, Chi-Chi Valenti, The Dazzle Dancers, Rob Roth, Barbara Sicuranza, Larry Fessenden, Alan Midgette (Andy’s double), The Five Points Band, Guy Furrow, Kitty Boots and Hattie Hathaway.[6] It was released on May 17, 2011 on the YouTube channel of Blondie's record label, Five Seven Music.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

The video starts with a queue of people waiting to enter the nightclub (called 'Mother') where Blondie are performing. The loudness of the song causes zombies below the club to wake and, as the song progresses, they make their way up to the dancefloor. They start to turn the clubbers into zombies until everyone in the club has been turned. The video ends with Blondie themselves being turned. The video was shot in Kingston, New York.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Mother"   3:09
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Mother (Explicit)"   3:09
Promo CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Mother"   3:09
2. "Mother" (Instrumental) 3:17

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[8] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mother at Amazon.com
  2. ^ "“Mother” – now available for download/upcoming TV and radio appearances". deborah-harry.com. May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Free download of “Mother” now available!". blondie.net. December 5, 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  4. ^ Mother (Explicit) at Amazon.com
  5. ^ "cover art for Blondie’s new single “Mother”". deborah-harry.com. May 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  6. ^ "VIDEO CREDITS". blondie.net. May 18, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  7. ^ "music video for Blondie’s new single “Mother”". deborah-harry.com. May 18, 2011. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-06-04" UK Indie Chart.

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