Mother Love Bone (album)

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Mother Love Bone
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Compilation album by Mother Love Bone
Released September 22, 1992
Recorded January–November 1989 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington and The Plant, Sausalito, California
Genre Alternative rock, grunge,
heavy metal, hard rock[1], glam metal
Length 84:35
Language English
Label Stardog/Mercury
Producer Bruce Calder, Terry Date, Mark Dearnley, Mother Love Bone
Mother Love Bone chronology
Mother Love Bone
The Love Bone Earth Affair
(1993)The Love Bone Earth Affair1993
Singles from Mother Love Bone
  1. "Stardog Champion"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Capricorn Sister"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[5]

Mother Love Bone (also known as Stardog Champion) is a compilation album by the American rock band Mother Love Bone. It was released on September 22, 1992, through Stardog/Mercury Records.


The album contains material from the EP Shine (1989) and the album Apple (1990). It was released by Polygram subsidiary Stardog/Mercury Records after the band dissolved due to the death of vocalist Andrew Wood. The album charted at number 77 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1992. Ira Robbins of Entertainment Weekly said, "Mother Love Bone—the band's total output—suggests a young, hungry Aerosmith hooked on Led Zeppelin."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 77 on the Billboard 200 for chart dated October 10, 1992,[6] selling 14,000 copies in the first week. The album has sold 410,000 copies in the United States as of September 2016.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Ament, Bruce Fairweather, Greg Gilmore, Stone Gossard, and Andrew Wood.

Recorded for Apple:

No. Title Length
1. "This Is Shangrila" 3:41
2. "Stardog Champion" 4:58
3. "Holy Roller" 4:26
4. "Bone China" 3:45
5. "Come Bite the Apple" 5:25
6. "Stargazer" 4:49
7. "Heartshine" 4:35
8. "Captain Hi-Top" 3:05
9. "Man of Golden Words" 3:40
10. "Capricorn Sister" (Apple version) 4:17
11. "Gentle Groove" 4:02
12. "Mr. Danny Boy" 4:49
13. "Crown of Thorns" 6:21

Recorded for Shine:

No. Title Length
14. "Thru Fade Away" 3:40
15. "Mindshaker Meltdown" 3:47
16. "Half Ass Monkey Boy" 3:18
17. "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" 8:40

Bonus disc[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Capricorn Sister" (Shine version) 3:54
2. "Lady Godiva Blues" 3:23

Song Meanings[edit]

On Thursday, March 15, 1990 (just 26 hours before Andy Wood's overdose), RIP writer Michael Browning and Andrew Wood conducted what might be his last interview. Mother Love Bone were scheduled to be a part of a RIP magazine-sponsored three-band tour supporting Apple, which was ready to be released. He describes the many of the song meanings:

Andy Wood: "Stardog Champion" is a kinda...fake, kinda patriotic rock anthem of sorts. That's gonna be the first single and video. When I wrote "Holy Roller," I didn't even know what a holy roller was. I just thought it was a cool term. Actually, I was thinking of a Paul McCartney and Wings song "Let Me Roll It." I don't know why it made me think of holy rollers. "Captain High-Top" is just a total rock propaganda kinda thing. I kinda see "Heartshine" as our "Achilles' Last Stand" of the album. It's long and real powerful. I was kinda depressed about leaving Malfunkshun for a long time. Still am, kinda. I feel like, you know, I left them stranded. I've got a brother besides Kevin who, ah, is kinda insane in a way, and he makes the whole family worry about him, so "Heartshine" is a little about both of my brothers.

RIP: "Mr. Danny Boy" is obviously a slam on Danny Thomas.

A.W.: Yeah, I don't know why we decided to do such a mean thing to Danny.

RIP: But you did.

A.W.: That's right. No offense to Marlo. I still like her from ThatGirl[laughs].

RIP: "Come Bite the Apple," is there any significance to that?

A.W.: That's a meaningful song. It's a "Crown of Thorns" type of song. The lyrics are personal, whereas some of the songs have absolutely nothing to do with me. "Apple" and "Crown of Thorns" are probably mostly about me. It's kind of a synopsis of the whole past year. I'm lucky to be sitting here.[8]

Andy Wood's former partner and muse Xana La Fuente, provides more clarity. Two songs are written about her:

When Andy wrote and sang Stargazer to me it was special because he also wrote Chloe [Dancer] for me (that was about when I was going to be a stripper to support he and I, and left the place after one hour) but obviously having my real name in the song - not my stripper for a day name - was really flattering and made it extra special[9]

''Crown of Thorns” was written about a nasty. breakup between Andy and Xana over his on and-off-again dabbling in heroin and alcohol. “This song is about a relationship ruined by drugs,” she explains. “He wrote it about our near breakup, and how I tried to control him and the drugs-hence his allusion to being tied to the ceiling.” According to Xana, “Andy was always ashamed of his addictions, choosing to lose himself in his music and poetry, bathing himself in concepts of real love and acceptance. `Stardog Champion‘ was one of his `anthem for survival’ songs. It was an up time, and he really felt he was beating it. He had a choir, children from the San Francisco area (made up of foster and abused children), come in and sing backing vocals on this song.[10]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
US Billboard 200[11] 77


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  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "allmusic ((( Mother Love Bone > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Robbins, Ira (1992-10-09). "Mother Love Bone". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ (January 1993). "Review: Mother Love Bone". Q (p. 99).
  5. ^ Watts, Chriss (7 November 1992). "Mother Love Bone 'Mother Love Bone'". Kerrang!. 417. London, UK: EMAP. 
  6. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. October 10, 1992. 
  7. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ Glampunk. "RIP interview". Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  9. ^ "My Apology to Chris Cornell, Take it or Leave it". Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  10. ^ Dearaujo, Barbara (2012-03-05). "Demri and Xana La Fuente". Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Mother Love Bone – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-13.