Mother (Danzig song)
Cover to the 1993–94 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||1988 at Atlantic Recording Studios and Chung King Metal in New York City|
|Label||Def American (original)|
American Recordings (reissue)
Cover to the alternative 1994 UK and Europe single
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 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 Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, the song peaked at number 62 on the singles chart.
Writing and recording
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."
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. 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."
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 nor harmed).
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.
The song has been covered by Anberlin, The Independents, Coheed and Cambria, Lissie, Edge of Sanity and by Tim McIlrath of Rise Against. The song has been covered live by Umphrey's McGee, Motionless in White, Ryan Adams, and as part of The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series, by the band Wye Oak. There is also a parody cover called "Glenn Leipzig: Mudder" by the German metal band J.B.O.: as Danzig is the name of a formerly German (Prussian) city, Leipzig is the name of an East German city; appropriately the song is sung entirely in a humorous East German accent.
Mother appears during the end of episode 3 of season 2 of the HBO series Crashing.
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.
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 2015 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. It is also the entrance song for the MMA fighter Gabriel Gonzaga.
A cover of "Mother" appears in the 2017 film American Satan
"Mother" appears in the 2018 comedy film Tag (2018 film)
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||20|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||93|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||62|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||43|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||17|
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