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Songs About Mom

Jim and Greg celebrate Mother's Day with their favorite Songs About Mom.

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Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the three founding members of the Beastie Boys, died last week after a three year battle with throat cancer. As Greg notes, the Beastie Boys didn't just transform hip hop. Yauch also transformed himself. After releasing two best-selling albums, License to Ill and Paul's Boutique, Yauch noticed how the group's (sometimes jokey, sometimes offensive) lyrics affected people. He began to incorporate his own political and spiritual views into the Beasties' music, without being too preachy. A great example of this is the 1994 track "Sure Shot."

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Songs About Mom

Throughout the year Jim and Greg like to mark special occasions by playing the best and most appropriate music to celebrate. There has been Valentine's Day and Father's Day, but shockingly, they've never tackled Mother's Day…until now. Pop music is full of tunes inspired by Mom, and here are some of our hosts' favorites.

Featured Songs

  1. The Beastie Boys, Shadrach, Paul's Boutique, Capitol, 1989
  2. The Beastie Boys, Sure Shot, Ill Communication, Capitol, 1994
  3. Pink Floyd, Mother, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  4. John Lennon, Mother, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Apple, 1970
  5. The Smashing Pumpkins, For Martha, Adore, Virgin, 1998
  6. Jay-Z, December 4, The Black Album, Roc-A-Fella, 2003
  7. Merle Haggard, Mama Tried, Mama Tried, Capitol, 1968
  8. The dB's, Happenstance, Repercussion, Albion, 1982
  9. The Shangri-Las, I Can Never Go Home Anymore, I Can Never Go Home Anymore (single), Brooklyn Music Limited, 1968
  10. Macy Grey, I Want to Be Your Mother's Son in Law, The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (soundtrack), Sony, 2002
  11. Paul Simon, Kodachrome, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Warner Bros., 1973
  12. Kanye West, Hey Mama, Late Registration, Roc-A-Fella, 2005
  13. Scissor Sisters, Take Your Mama, Scissor Sisters, Polydor, 2004
  14. Earth, Wind & Fire, Mom, Last Days and Times, Sony, 1972
  15. Liz Phair, Only Son, Whitechocolatespaceegg, Capitol, 1998
  16. Justin Townes Earle, Mama's Eyes, Midnight at the Movies, Bloodshot, 2009
  17. Kate Bush, This Woman's Work, The Sensual World, Columbia, 1989
  18. The Rolling Stones, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), London, 1966
  19. Animal Collective, Honeycomb, Honeycomb (single), Domino, 2012
  20. Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, Tusk, Warner Bros., 1979
  21. Sharon Van Etten, Serpents, Tramp, Jagjaguwar, 2012
  22. Misson of Burma, 2wice, The Obliterati, Matador, 2006

Footnotes

nytimes.com Adam Yauch Obit