To Mother

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To Mother
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EP by Babes in Toyland
Released 1990 (on Southern Records), August 3, 1991 (on Twin Tone Records)
Recorded 1990 at Southern Studios in London
Genre Punk rock
Length 22:22
Label Twin/Tone
Producer John Loder
Babes in Toyland chronology
Spanking Machine
(1990)Spanking Machine1990
To Mother
The Peel Sessions
(1992)The Peel Sessions1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]

To Mother is the first EP recorded by Babes in Toyland consisting of the outtakes from the previous release Spanking Machine, but was rerecorded in Europe after their tour with Sonic Youth which can be seen on 1991: The Year Punk Broke. It was produced by John Loder, and released 3 August 1991 by Twin/Tone Records. A childhood photograph of Kat Bjelland's mother, Lynne Irene Higginbotham, appears on the album's cover. The photograph of Bjelland's mother was taken in Bjelland's hometown of Woodburn, Oregon.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kat Bjelland. [4]

  1. "Catatonic" - 2:50
  2. "Mad Pilot" - 2:51
  3. "Primus" - 4:00
  4. "Laugh My Head Off" - 3:34
  5. "Spit to See the Shine" - 2:45
  6. "Ripe" - 3:39
  7. "Quiet Room" - 2:38


  • The single "Catatonic" was released in 1993.
  • To Mother sold around 50,000 copies in the US, but only 7,388 copies before the release of their breakthrough album, Fontanelle.
  • The EP hit #1 on the Top UK Indie Albums chart, and stayed within the Top 10 of the chart for 13 weeks in 1991.
  • The music video for "Ripe" was released in 1991 and was featured on Beavis And Butthead.



  1. ^ Dougan, John. "allmusic ((( To Mother > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Babes in Toyland". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 32, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Babes in Toyland"., Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  4. ^ ASCAP Entry