Listen To Mama

Or else…

Does another Monday have you feel like you’re wilting in the sun?  Well, The Nest has the perfect earworm fertilizer to stimulate your petals!  That’s the day we get out the industrial sized trowel and weed out another lost hit that got prematurely culled from that giant greenhouse full of organic music we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s always ready to provide your weekly dose of flower power, while the Sponkies go out collecting dandelions to give to their mother.  Here’s a song that should have you tiptoeing through the tulips…

While Mecca Radio at work has introduced me to a lot of really cool songs from the past couple decades that I’d have never heard otherwise, I’m always amazed at how it can occasionally tip me off to much older songs that had somehow escaped my ears before hearing them at work.  I’ve featured a few of these lost Mecca hits in the DVA before, and now it’s time for another one which has popped up occasionally in the mornings over the past year…

Well, he does dress like a Mecca shopper.

Americans tend to think of rhythm and blues as a purely homegrown genre coming out of the soulful studios of Detroit, Philadelphia and Memphis… but in the early 80’s, the British gave us Junior Giscombe.  Well, we didn’t exactly embrace him as much as the UK did… but one of his songs did make it onto the US pop charts at #30 in 1982 and only 40 years later did I hear it for the first time thanks to my employer’s muzak…

Billed simply as “Junior,” Giscombe’s “Mama Used To Say” was a Top 10 hit in the UK and his only pop success in America.  It’s a funky little number about that common human failing of how we want to grow up so fast until we do grow up and wish we were young again.  I love the growl he does on “Mama” each time he says it in the chorus!  You better do what Mama says!

That’s right, Norman!

Mama says you be back in time for next Monday’s lost hit, or she’ll pull your ear…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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11 Responses to Listen To Mama

  1. love it…. and I love the way he says aarg-mama;O)))

  2. That is a fun song…..and he’s right – we are so anxious to grow up then when we do we want to be young again. Makes the plastic surgeons happy I suppose but this music is what makes me happy this morning.


  3. Juliette says:

    Happy Happy Happy Monday. Still loving those squirrel salt and pepper parents!

  4. Kismet says:

    We have enough random noise makers in the USA and don’t need to import them from the UK.

  5. Trisha says:

    It sounds so familiar. I’m not sure if thats because I’ve heard it before or because it just sounds so very early 80s!

    • It does sound 80’s, but I was still surprised when I found out it actually was 80’s. Mecca plays a lot of newer stuff that sounds pretty 80’s… and oddly enough, a lot of pretty obscure second British invasion early 80’s. I’d love to know how their music gets chosen…

  6. draliman says:

    I remember that song from back in the day. Yet another typical 80s song, reasonably funky.

  7. ‘Growly music’ is a great way to start out a week.

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