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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Are the Best Songs About Grandmothers?

Posted by on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I’m no expert on the venerable art of songs about grandmothers, but in my music listening experiences since the ’60s, I’ve encountered at least two stone classics of this ilk: Bo Diddley’s “Look at Grandma” and Moby Grape’s “Hey Grandma” (co-written by Tacoma's own Jerry Miller). The former’s an instantly infectious soul-funk mood-elevator with fabulous female backing vocals. It’s from Bo’s mid-career 1972 classic, Where It All Began, which mystifyingly doesn’t get nearly the respect that The Black Gladiator does. Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma" is an instantly infectious country-rock barn-burner. I have been known to put it on repeat for an hour and then run personal-best times in the 10 kilometers with the song stuck in my head.

I’m having a hard time deciding which tune about grandmothers is best. Maybe we can definitively answer this question with a poll, which, in keeping with Stranger tradition, is totally scientific and legally binding.

(By the way, you should check out Swedish '60s psych-rock band Baby Grandmothers.)

 

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Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus http://www.grantropolis.com/ on September 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
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Not repetitive enough, GB.
Posted by Dave Segal on September 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
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Points for best song title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9lzL14S9…

(Thanks for mentioning Baby Grandmothers ;))
Posted by TippiTime http://www.facebook.com/TippiTime on September 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Emily Nokes 4
@1 - Yes!
@2 - Gramma take me hooowwwme, gramma take me hooowwwme, gramma take me hooowwwme, gramma take me hooowwwme, gramma take me hooowwwme, gramma take me hooowwwme...
Posted by Emily Nokes on September 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM · Report this
platypusrex256 5
Nivana - Sliver ?
Posted by platypusrex256 http://platypusrex256.blogspot.com on September 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM · Report this
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Kool & The Gang's "Funky Granny"
Posted by Chalupa on September 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 7
i didn't know that songs about grandma was a thing.. but this one sprang to mind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W-xtHYXE…
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on September 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 8
@7
durrr... i didn't see the poll until after i wrote this.. sorry..
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on September 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM · Report this
Resident Clinton 9
My first thought was the Beastie Boys' "Boomin Granny".
Posted by Resident Clinton on September 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
lowlytootle 10
The most disturbing song ever about grandmas: Joy and Dave's "Let's Go See Gran'ma" produced by Joe Meek.
Posted by lowlytootle http://hollowearthradio.org/programs/134 on September 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM · Report this
Posted by lowlytootle http://hollowearthradio.org/programs/134 on September 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM · Report this
Posted by Wall of Sound on September 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
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grandma got run over by a reindeer.
Posted by cb on September 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
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Howard Tate's "Look at Granny Run, Run"
Posted by JoJoPotato on September 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM · Report this

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