Music for Our Mother Ocean

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MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean
Music for Our Mother Ocean Volume One cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume in the series
Compilation album by the Surfrider Foundation
Released Vol. 1: July 2, 1996 (1996-07-02)
Vol. 2: August 26, 1997 (1997-08-26)
Vol. 3: August 10, 1999 (1999-08-10)
Label Surfdog, Interscope, Hollywood
Producer Dave Kaplan, Pierce Flynn

MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean is a series of three compilations produced by Surfdog Records to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.[1] The albums feature original songs as well as covers – many sharing a surfing or summer theme – by a range of popular artists.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean (1996)[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Intro: Ancient Dolphin Dance"   Chumash people 0:18
2. "Good Times" Steve Summers, Mike Summers, William Riley, Tony Delocht, Ernie Longoria Sprung Monkey 2:56
3. "Gremmie Out of Control" (originally performed by The Silly Surfers) Jimmie Haskell, Gary Usher Pearl Jam 2:24
4. "Honky Tonk" (originally performed Bill Doggett) Billy Butler, Shep Shepherd, Bill Doggett, Clifford Scott The Brian Setzer Orchestra 4:29
5. "California Sun" (originally performed by Joe Jones) Henry Glover, Morris Levy Ramones 1:47
6. "Bali Eyes" (from Good God's Urge, 1996) Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins, Peter DiStefano, Martyn LeNoble Porno for Pyros 3:26
7. "Surfin' U.S.A." (originally performed by The Beach Boys) Chuck Berry, Brian Wilson Pennywise 1:44
8. "Surfin' Bird" (originally performed by The Trashmen) Turner Wilson, John Harris, Carl White, Alfred Frazier Silverchair 2:20
9. "Wipe Out" (originally performed by The Surfaris) Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Ron Wilson, Jim Fuller Gary Hoey with Donavon Frankenreiter 3:30
10. "Never Give Up" (from Psychedelic Surf Groove, 1996) Jai Vatuk Common Sense 4:17
11. "I Can't Surf" (from Liquor in the Front, 1994) Jim Heath, Jimbo Wallace, Taz Bentley Reverend Horton Heat 2:40
12. "Mama Nature" Pato Banton, Stephen Morrison Pato Banton and the Reggae Revolution 4:28
13. "Mr. Know It All" (live) Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander Primus 4:23
14. "Sailin' On" (originally performed by Bad Brains) Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know No Doubt 3:35
15. "Army of Me" (originally performed by Björk) Björk, Graham Massey Helmet 4:28
16. "My Wave" (from Superunknown, 1994) Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil Soundgarden 5:12
17. "Quiet Warrior" Jewel Jewel 4:07
18. "Hateful" Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya, Greg Eklund Everclear 1:36
19. "Blackwing" Jason Ross, Jason Pollock Seven Mary Three 3:47
20. "Netty's Girl" (from "Pass the Mic", 1992) Mike D, Ad-Rock, Adam Yauch, Money Mark Beastie Boys 3:28
21. "Badfish" (from 40oz. to Freedom, 1992) Bradley Nowell Sublime 3:05
22. "Waggy" (from They Came to Conquer... Uranus, 1995) Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, Scott Raynor Blink-182 2:54
23. "Closing: Mahalo Ke Akua"   Mikaele Opio 1:23
MOM II: Music for Our Mother Ocean (1997)[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Intro" Dick Dale, Pierce Flynn Dick Dale with Pato Banton 0:30
2. "Misirlou '97" Nicholas Roubanis Dick Dale and Gary Hoey 3:02
3. "I Get Around" (originally performed by The Beach Boys) Brian Wilson, Mike Love Pennywise 1:56
4. "Atta Girl" Steve Summers, Mike Summers, William Riley, Tony Delocht, Ernie Longoria Sprung Monkey 2:18
5. "V-12 Cadillac" Denny Aaberg, Ernest Knapp Jewel 3:26
6. "Ocean" (originally performed by The Pietasters) Todd Eckhardt, Tom Goodin, Steve Jackson The Mighty Mighty Bosstones with The Pietasters 3:36
7. "Fly Juice" Brian Setzer The Brian Setzer Orchestra 3:38
8. "Tonight" (cover version of song from West Side Story) Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim Porno for Pyros 3:37
9. "Hydroponic" (from Music, 1993) Chad Sexton, Nick Hexum, Doug Martinez 311 3:55
10. "Barflies at the Beach" (based on "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" by Louis Prima) Eddie Nichols, Louis Prima Royal Crown Revue 3:01
11. "Paddle Out" (from Sublime, 1996) Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh Sublime 1:15
12. "The Other Side of the World" J. R. Richards, Rodney Browning Cravens, Scot Alexander, George Pendergast, Jim Wood Dishwalla 3:45
13. "Acid" Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Dean Dinning, Randy Guss Toad the Wet Sprocket 3:57
14. "Get It Right" (from Ignition, 1992) Dexter Holland, Noodles, Greg Kriesel, Ron Welty The Offspring 3:05
15. "Excuse Me Mr." (from Fight for Your Mind, 1995) Ben Harper, J.P. Plunier Ben Harper 5:24
16. "Angels of the Silences" (from Recovering the Satellites, 1996) Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, David Bryson, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, Dan Vickrey Counting Crows 3:38
17. "Trouble on the Horizon" Jimmy Buffett Jimmy Buffett 6:33
18. "Summer in Paradise" (live June 29, 1993 at Wembley Arena) Mike Love, Terry Melcher, Craig Fall The Beach Boys 4:21
19. "The Blue Light of the Underwater Sun" (from "Everytime You Touch Me", 1995) Moby Moby 4:19
20. "Ocean Warriors" Pato Banton, Pierce Flynn, Dave Kaplan Pato Banton 3:56
21. "Giver Man" Donavon Frankenreiter, Sunchild Sunchild 4:27
22. "Closing" Dick Dale Dick Dale 0:47
MOM 3 (1999)[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Little Deuce Coupe" (originally performed by The Beach Boys) Roger Christian, Brian Wilson Brian Setzer with Brian Wilson 2:35
2. "Coconut" (originally performed by Harry Nilsson) Harry Nilsson Sprung Monkey 3:25
3. "Summer in the City" (originally performed by The Lovin' Spoonful) Steve Boone, John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian Butthole Surfers 3:13
4. "Electric Music and the Summer People" (from "Cold Brains", 1999) Beck Beck 3:34
5. "Snoop Bounce" Snoop Dogg, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk Snoop Dogg with members of Rage Against the Machine 6:04
6. "Summer" Lisa Loeb Lisa Loeb 2:12
7. "Ocean Size" (Butthole Surfers remix) Eric Avery, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins Jane's Addiction 4:22
8. "The Whale Song" Jack Irons Pearl Jam 3:33
9. "Here Comes the Sun" (originally performed by The Beatles) George Harrison Allison Moorer 3:08
10. "Wild Life" (from Wild Life, 1971) Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Wings 6:39
11. "Gone Surfin'" (from Money, 1999) Gary Hoey Gary Hoey 3:12
12. "Sea Cruise" (originally performed by Huey "Piano" Smith; from Margaritaville Cafe: Late Night Gumbo, 1995) Huey "Piano" Smith Jimmy Buffett 3:05
13. "How Strong" Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, Chad Smith Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:42
14. "Walk, Don't Run" (originally performed by Johnny Smith) Johnny Smith Everclear 1:59
15. "Wicked Man" (from "Ground on Down", 1995) Ben Harper Ben Harper 5:04
16. "Mother" Greg Camp Smash Mouth 3:06
17. "Gaia" (from Hourglass, 1997) James Taylor James Taylor 5:24
18. "Nothing to Say" Mike D, Ad-Rock, Adam Yauch, Amery Smith Beastie Boys 1:16
19. "Sunland" Jeremy Kay JKay 4:32
20. "Money" Jeremy Popoff, A. Jay Popoff Lit 2:57
21. "Winter Waves" Chris Isaak Chris Isaak 2:46


Entertainment Weekly's Mike Flaherty gave Volume 1 a "B" rating. He called the compilation less sanctimonious than traditional benefit albums, noting the number of celebrity artists, and he singled-out Pearl Jam's cover of the "loopy" "Gremmie Out of Control" and Helmet's "ham-fisted" cover of "Army of Me".[2] Marcus Greville of the Green Left Weekly stated that due to the inconsistent song styles the album was "appealing, but difficult to become engaged in". He gave the album 7/10, and recommended the album as a "gift for a surfer friend".[1] David Yonke of the Toledo Blade called it "one of the most enjoyable compilation albums to be issued in a while", but noted that the "MOM" abbreviation should have been "MOMO".[7]

Volume 2 received a "B-" from Entertainment Weekly's Steven Mirkin. He preferred the "freshness" of ska bands like 311 and Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the more surf rock-inspired tracks, calling the Beach Boys' "Summer in Paradise" "especially tired". He commended Dick Dale's "Misirlou '97" as being the only track to successfully bridge the old and new styles, and called Jewel's "V-12 Cadillac" "a loser, ecologically and musically."[8]

In his review of Volume 3, Steve Crawford of the Houston Chronicle called the series both a "terrific product" due to the disparate musicians working to help the environment, and "tepid bathwater" due to many "halfhearted" tracks. He called the covers of "Little Deuce Coupe" from Brian Setzer, "Here Comes the Sun" from Allison Moorer and "Summer in the City" from the Butthole Surfers as "tame and routine". He viewed some songs more favorably, calling Everclear's "Walk, Don't Run" "rip-roaring", and Sprung Monkey's "Coconut" "clever and bouncy".[3] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the Surfrider Foundation credit for compiling exclusive "first-rate" tracks performed by major artists, but called the result a balance "between the good and the mediocre". He was the most positive about the "frazzled beach party song" "Electric Music and the Summer People" by Beck, the "strangely ambitious" "The Whale Song" from Pearl Jam, and the collaboration between Snoop Dogg & Rage Against the Machine, "Snoop Bounce". Also mentioned favorably were "Little Deuce Coupe" from Brian Setzer & Brian Wilson, "Walk, Don't Run" from Everclear "Winter Waves" from Chris Isaak, and the "fun punk throwaway" of the Beastie Boys' "Nothing to Say". Sprung Monkey's "Coconut" was mentioned as one of the few "trying moments", and he did point out that tracks from Paul McCartney and James Taylor had been previously released, but felt "the good intentions outweigh the end result". Ultimately he felt that the varied nature of the tracks would prevent listeners from enjoying the entire album, but that it was still more enjoyable than typical benefit albums.[9]


  1. ^ a b Name: * (1996-10-30). "Good gift for a surfer | Green Left Weekly". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b Mike Flaherty (1996-07-26). "MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "RECORDINGS 09/05/1999 | Archives | – Houston Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1996-07-02). "M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William (1997-08-26). "M.O.M., Vol. 2: Music for Our Mother Ocean – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1999-08-10). "M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  7. ^ David Yonke (4 August 1996). "Good music for some good causes". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Steven Mirkin (1997-08-22). "MOM II: Music for Our Mother Ocean Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1999-08-10). "M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-11.