A variety of artists and bands honoured (their) mothers. A short list to get an idea:

“Tie your mother down” (Queen)

“Mama” (Genesis)

“Your mother should know” (The Beatles)

“Mama Kin” (Aerosmith)

“Mother and child reunion” (Paul Simon)

“Mother” (John Lennon)

“Mother” (Pink Floyd)

“Mama I’m coming home” (Ozzy Osbourne)

“Mama” (Spice Girls)

“Dear Mama’ (2pac)

“I got it from my mama” (Will.i.am)

“Hey Mama” (Kanye West)

“Thank you mom” (Good Charlotte)

But Icelanders love their mommy too.

It’s hard to make lists with leaving out The Sugarcubes or Ice Queen Björk.

The Sugarcubes

“Mama”, track V on their fantastic first album “Life’s too good” (Elektra/One Little Indian, 1988)

Here’s the John Peel session version (1987)

Excellent cover by the band DIMMA for a National Radio Sugarcubes Cover competition some years ago.

Once again The Sugarcubes:

A cover of the Sailcat song from 1972, “Motorcycle mama”, on Rubáiyát , a compilation album released in 1990 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Elektra record label.

Here’s the live @ Reykjavik version (1991)

Björk did put the song “Mother Heroic” on a b-side: Hidden Place (Disc 2) (2001)

Almost a decade earlier, Björk covered “Litli tónlistarmaðurinn” (Mamma, ertu vakandi Mamma mín?) the jazz album “Gling gló” (1993).

Á Túr were a “hardcore feminist” band signed to the Smekkleysa label during the 90s. Popular slogan for the teenage angst feministic band: “A woman, who isn’t a feminist, is no woman!”
They made beautiful but sometimes brutal music, song titles were ‘Castrate’, ‘Witch, ‘Slut’, ‘Men simply have to respect me’ a.o.

They produced an album entitled “Píka”, mixed by Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and produced by Curver Thoroddsen. The band split up as soon as the album was out.
“Móðir mín” (Mother of mine)

A Tur More Girrrl power: “Móðir mín í kví kví” by Kolrassa Krókríðandi

Same song, but performed by Seth Sharp and the Black Clock

“Mugimama is This Monkey Music?” is an album by Mugison, released in 2004 on 12 Tónar label. What’s a mugison and a mugipapa, without a mugimama?!


Kristín Lillendahl performed “Ég skal mála allan heiminn elsku mamma” (I will paint the whole world, dearest mother):

“Mamma þarf að djamma” by Baggalútur and Jóhanna Guðrún (a.k.a. Yohanna), a song from the album with the same name (2013).

“Móðirin” by Bubbi / Egó

“Móðirin (hvar er barnið þitt)” by Sambandið

“Mamma” by Ljótu hálfvitarnir

“Mamma tekur slátur “(Mothers takes slaughter”) by Skriðjöklar (1987). There are two types of slaughter or slátur: blóðmör (“blood pudding”) and lifrarpylsa (“liver sausage”).

“Mamma og ég” (Mom and me) by Halli & Laddi, covered by singer-songwriter Svavar Knútur (ex-Hraun)

“Mamma gefðu mér grásleppu” (Mom gave me lumpfish) by Allra meina bót


Thank you mom!

- Wim Van Hooste