Mother (Danzig song)

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"Mother"
Cover to the 1993 - 1994 single
Single by Danzig
from the album Danzig
Released August 30, 1988 (original)
Fall 1993 (US reissue)
April - May 1994 (US, UK, Europe and Australia reissue)
Format CD single, maxi single, cassette, vinyl
Recorded 1987 at Atlantic Recording Studios and Chung King Metal in New York City
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:24
Label Def American (original)
American Recordings (reissue)
Writer(s) Glenn Danzig
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Cover to the alternative 1994 UK and Europe single

"Mother" is a song by American heavy metal band Danzig. It was originally released in August 1988 as the lead single from their debut album, Danzig.

In 1993–1994, almost six years after its original release, a remixed version of the song titled "Mother '93" became a hit on radio and earned Buzz Bin rotation on MTV[1] after a music video incorporating live footage was created to promote the band's new EP, Thrall: Demonsweatlive. During this time the single was reissued by American Recordings, with the remix title updated to "Mother '94" on later versions.

"Mother" remains Danzig's highest charting single. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and 43 on the Hot 100.[2][3] In the UK, the song peaked at number 62 on the singles chart.[4]

Writing and recording[edit]

Following the success of "Mother", Glenn Danzig recalled writing the song: “I remember calling Rick Rubin in the middle of the night and telling him that I wrote an incredible song—probably the best song I'd ever written. It was the song I always wanted to write. The first time we played it, people went crazy. But I never wrote that song to make it a hit—I never wrote that way, and I still don't. I write songs so that they say something and do something, and if people like them, great—and if they don't, they don't.”[5]

The "Mother '93" remix included extra reverb and a minor modification to the guitar solo.[6] The "live" version of "Mother '93" included an overdubbed concert audience atop the original track.[6]

Content[edit]

Thematically, the song is a rhetorical challenge to parents, primarily inspired by Tipper Gore who, along with the Parents Music Resource Center, introduced the Parental Advisory warning placed on albums that contain explicit content.[7] Glenn Danzig explained further: “Al Gore wanted to tell people what they could listen to and what they couldn't...it was basically coming down to the idea that he wouldn't let anybody record any music that he didn't think you should be doing. There was going to be an organization that would tell you what you could and couldn't record. And certainly if you couldn't record it, you couldn't put it out. It was really fascist.”[7]

Music video[edit]

The original 1988 music video was rejected by MTV for its ending sequence, which contains imagery of a chicken being sacrificed and an inverted cross being drawn in its blood (although Glenn Danzig noted that the chicken was not actually killed or harmed).[8]

The "Mother '93" music video used concert footage taken from the band's Halloween 1992 performance at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California, with additional footage shot in the UK.[9]

Both the original "Mother" music video and the live footage version appeared on Beavis and Butt-head, in the episodes "Couch Fishing" and "Crisis Line".

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered by the bands Edge of Sanity, Anberlin, The Independents, Lissie, and by Tim McIlrath of Rise Against. The song has been covered live by the band Motionless in White and, as part of The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series, by the band Wye Oak.[10]

Appearances[edit]

"Mother '93" appears in the 2013 film The Hangover Part III.[11]

During the Mother's Day 2012 episode of The Cleveland Show, titled "Mama Drama", a quick excerpt of the song is played by Rallo and his friends during an elementary school talent show. The animation also mimics the original music video.

"Mother" is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and True Crime: New York City, and appears during the end credits of F.E.A.R. 3. A cover version to which a final solo was added appears in the 2006 music video game Guitar Hero 2, whereas the master track appears in 2009s Guitar Hero Smash Hits. Lissie's cover of the song is used during the Happy Hunting trailer for the 2014 video game Evolve.

While pitching as the closer for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2005, Keith Foulke entered home games to the playing of "Mother". Ryan Doumit of the Minnesota Twins baseball team uses "Mother" as his walk up song.[12] It is also the entrance song for the MMA fighter Gabriel Gonzaga.

Charts[edit]

Mother '93[edit]

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 93
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 62
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the Same Track". Entertainment Weekly. February 18, 1994. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ Billboard
  3. ^ Billboard
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Kitts, Jeff (September 1994). "The Dark Knight Returns". Flux Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  6. ^ a b Kitts, Jeff (July 1994). "Prime Cuts: John Christ". Guitar School. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  7. ^ a b Grow, Kory (August 16, 2013). "Glenn Danzig: Democrats are Fascists Disguised as Liberals". City Pages. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  8. ^ Ma, Maria (December 10, 1988). "DANZIG: Def New Music". Concrete Foundations. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  9. ^ Gilbert, Jeff (August 1994). "The Passion of Christ". Guitar World. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Wye Oak covers Danzig". The Onion A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "‘The Hangover Part III’ Soundtrack Announced". Film Music Reporter. May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  12. ^ Boller, Jay (April 12, 2012). "Sports + Rec: Chin Music". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  13. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.

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