Nothing says Mother’s Day like Danzig. (This is not true even a little bit, but just go with it.) And since Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we like to promote any opportunity to post Danzig-related content, this felt like as good a chance as any.
First, an explanation: I frequent karaoke bars on occasion. I have a roster of songs I typically go to depending on the mood of the crowd and my mood and whether or not there are other external factors in play. Some days it’s great to dip into the 90s pool, other times you’ve got a crowd that really would go for some R&B, and there’s always the classic rock vibe you run into at any given moment
All this said, nothing topped the time I heard a dude at Alice’s in Chicago do his cover of “Mother.” He owned it. To the point where I was supposed to sing something (I dunno probably a really bad idea like “Walking On Broken Glass” or some Backstreet Boys song which was totally not even the right place for it), and I lost my composure because I was still so excited for the last guy who just crushed Danzig.
So I thought in honor of Mother’s Day, and Glenn Danzig, and Glenn Danzig’s mother, it was only right to run through a list of five pretty okay covers of “Mother.”
The singer-songwriter who has released albums on Columbia and Fat Possum pretty much took the song and made it her own, and this is something she seems to do well, as she also has done covers of “Bad Romance” and Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit Of Happiness.” I’m actually surprised we haven’t seen more female artists cover “Mother” in the first place, as a vocalist with a little bit of grit and a higher register could really bring a new dimension to the song.
Speaking of a higher register, here comes CeeLo. This cover comes from Lollapalooza in 2011, thanks to YouTuber Allen K. I’m of the mindset that I’d enjoy Green covering most songs, and the Gnarls Barkley version of the Violent Femmes “Gone Daddy Gone” is super good, so seeing CeeLo in one of his crazy outfits playing rock star brings me great joy, even if the majority of the sun-drenched crowd looks confused as heck.