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05-11-12 Footnotes
Show 337: Songs for Mother's Day & RIP Adam "MCA" Yauch

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1 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.”

2 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.

The Smashing Pumpkins, “For Martha
The dB's, “Happenstance
Macy Gray, “I Want to Be Your Mother's Son-in-Law
The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows

John Lennon, “Mother
Jay-Z, “December 4th
Shangri-La's, “I Can Never Go Home Anymore
Kate Bush, “This Woman's Work

3 We always get great suggestions from you listeners out there. Here are more Mother’s Day selections.

Eric from Chicago
Paul Simon, “Kodachrome

Lorraine from Los Angeles
Kanye West, “Hey Mama

Dave from Clarendon Hills, IL
Liz Phair, “Only Son

Josh from Chicago
Justin Townes Earle, “Mama's Eyes

Songs Featured in Show #337
The Beastie Boys, “Shadrach,” Paul’s Boutique, Capitol, 1989
The Beastie Boys, “Sure Shot,” Ill Communication, Capitol, 1994
Pink Floyd, “Mother,” The Wall, Columbia, 1979
John Lennon, “Mother,” John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Apple, 1970
The Smashing Pumpkins, “For Martha,” Adore, Virgin, 1998
Jay-Z, “December 4,” The Black Album, Roc-A-Fella, 2003
Merle Haggard, “Mama Tried,” Mama Tried, Capitol, 1968
The dB’s, “Happenstance,” Repercussion, Albion, 1982
The Shangri-Las, “I Can Never Go Home Anymore,” I Can Never Go Home Anymore (single) Brooklyn Music Limited, 1968
Macy Grey, “I Want to Be Your Mother’s Son in Law,” The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (soundtrack), Sony, 2002
Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Warner Bros., 1973
Kanye West, “Hey Mama,” Late Registration, Roc-A-Fella, 2005
Scissor Sisters, “Take Your Mama,” Scissor Sisters, Polydor, 2004
Earth, Wind & Fire, “Mom,” Last Days and Times, Sony, 1972
Liz Phair, “Only Son,” Whitechocolatespaceegg, Capitol, 1998
Justin Townes Earle, “Mama’s Eyes,” Midnight at the Movies, Bloodshot, 2009
Kate Bush, “This Woman’s Work,” The Sensual World, Columbia, 1989
The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?,” Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), London, 1966
Animal Collective, “Honeycomb,” Honeycomb (single), Domino, 2012
Fleetwood Mac, “Tusk,” Tusk, Warner Bros., 1979
Sharon Van Etten, “Serpents,” Tramp, Jagjaguwar, 2012
Misson of Burma, “2wice,” The Obliterati, Matador, 2006
Patti Smith Group, “So You Want to Be (A Rock n’ Roll Star),” Wave, Arista, 1979

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