Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters

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Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
Marc Almond Mother Fist album cover.jpeg
Studio album by Marc Almond and The Willing Sinners
Released April 1987 (1987-04)
Recorded Summer 1986 at Milo Studios, London, Abbey Road, London
Genre Art pop
Length 50:02
Label Some Bizzare, Virgin Records
Producer Mike Hedges, Marc Almond
Marc Almond and The Willing Sinners chronology
Stories of Johnny
Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
The Stars We Are
Singles from Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
  1. ""Ruby Red" b/w "I'm Sick of You Tasting of Somebody Else""
    Released: October 1986
  2. ""Melancholy Rose" b/w "Gyp the Blood""
    Released: February 1987
  3. ""Mother Fist" b/w "Two Sailors On the Beach""
    Released: April 1987

Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters (often shortened to Mother Fist) is the third studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released in April 1987 and reached number 41 on the UK Albums Chart.[1] Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters includes the singles "Ruby Red", "Melancholy Rose", and "Mother Fist". The album title is taken from Nocturnal Turnings or How Siamese Twins Have Sex, a short story by the American author Truman Capote. Almond dedicates the album in the liner notes to the Capote.

Almond with his assembled band The Willing Sinners, made up of Annie Hogan, Billy McGee, Martin McCarrick, Richard Riley and Steven Humphreys, accompanied by studio musicians recorded the songs for album at Milo Studios, London and Abbey Road. The artwork was designed by Huw Feather with photography by Ben Thornberry.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Marc Almond; except where indicated.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mother Fist"   4:29
2. "There is a Bed"   4:50
3. "Saint Judy"   5:53
4. "The Room Below" Almond, Annie Hogan 3:30
5. "Angel in Her Kiss" Almond, Hogan 3:42
6. "The Hustler" Almond, Hogan 3:15
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Melancholy Rose"   3:10
8. "Mr Sad"   3:49
9. "The Sea Says" Almond, Hogan 4:03
10. "Champ" Almond, Hogan 4:23
11. "Ruby Red"   3:41
12. "The River"   5:17


  • Marc Almond - Vocals, Producer, Arrangements
  • Mike Hedges - Vocals, Producer, Engineering (Abbey Road)
  • Annie Hogan - Arrangements
  • Martin McCarrick - Cello Arrangements
  • Charlie Gray - Engineering (Milo)
  • Haydn Bendall - Engineering (Abbey Road)
  • Ian Grimble - Engineering (Abbey Road)
  • Huw Feather - Design, Layout
  • Ben Thornberry - Photography
The Willing Sinners
  • Annie Hogan - Piano, Marimba, Pump Organ
  • Billy McGee - Double Bass, Electric Bass Guitar
  • Martin McCarrick - Cello, Accordion, Yang T'Chin, Keyboards
  • Richard Riley - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
  • Stephen Humphreys - Drums, Assorted Percussion
  • Nigel Eaton - Hurdy-gurdy
  • Peter Thoms - Trombone
  • Enrico Tomasso - Trumpet
  • Jane West - Backing vocals
  • Audrey Riley - Backing vocals


  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Marc Almond And The Willing Sinners". Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review