Hear This: Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” is freezing to death but everything’s fine

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re picking songs about moms—or that have a mom-related word in their titles.

Tracy Bonham, “Mother Mother” (1996)

I was never really into Tracy Bonham, but being a child of mid-’90s alt-rock radio, I know every single word to “Mother Mother,” the singer’s breakout 1996 single. A track from Bonham’s debut LP, The Burdens Of Being Upright, “Mother Mother” was a relative smash, reaching No. 1 on Billboard‘s Modern Rock Tracks chart. With lyrics ostensibly ripped from a daughter’s simultaneously mundane and insane call to her mother, the track’s not exactly rocket science. Still, lines like “I’m freezing, I’m starving, I’m bleeding to death, everything’s fine!” are both catchy and semi-revelatory, especially for listeners who …

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