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Mother Records

last update 7 Jan 2017
last update 20 Jan 2016
last update 4 June 2015

Label founded by U2 in 1984, initially intended to help promote Irish bands, but famously buggering up more than one band due to its idiosyncratic release policy. The label later moved to sign international acts during the '90s and beyond.

The sleeves of the early releases were variations on the same generic design. Some were also available on 12-inch format, some also as CD or cassette singles.

This discography is not exhaustive. I have chosen to omit post '94 releases as the label no longer specialised in Irish acts. If anyone can fill in any gaps or explain the odd cataloging system, please get in touch.

Mother established a subsiduary Son Records in 1988 for one-off and special releases.


SINGLES

MOTHER 001 In Tua Nua - Coming Thru / Laughing At The Moon 7" [1984] MUM 2 Cactus World News - The Bridge / The Other Extreme 7" [11/1985] MUM 3 Tuesday Blue - Tunnel Vision / Tell The Boys 7" [1986] MUM 4 Operating Theatre - Queen of No Heart / Spring Is Coming.. 7" [1986] MUM 5 The Painted Word (Scotland) - Independence Day / Letter From Jackie 7" [1986] MUM 6 Subterraneans - Slum / Maxi-Joy 7" [2/1987] MUM 7 Hothouse Flowers - Love Don't Work That Way / Freedom 7" MUM 8 Subterraneans - Maxi-Joy (Remix) / Slum 7" [1987] MUM 9 Pulse - Whole Lotta Love / Ultra-V 7" [5/1988] unreleased, issued instead on offshoot Son Records label (BUA 881) MUM 10 Black Velvet Band - Old Man Stone / And I'll Come Back 7" [1988] MUM 11 Guy Clark - (All Through Throwin') Good Love After Bad / Old Friends 7" [1989] MUM 12 The Word - Kiss The Ground // Kangaroo / And The Clock Goes [12" only] 7"/12" [1989] MUM 13 An Emotional Fish - Grey Matter / Cry Like A Baby 7" [6/1989] MUM 14 The Dixons - I Have Fun / Crucifixion Blues 7" [7/1989] MUM 15 Black Velvet Band - When Justice Came / Twas A Time 7" [1989] MUM 16 The Golden Horde - 100 Boys / I Reject You 7" [1989] MUM 17 MUM 18 Black Velvet Band - As You Go Down / Waiting For A Train 7" [1989] MUM 19 The Word - Love's Strange Ways / Never So Good 7" MUM 20 An Emotional Fish - Celebrate / Change 7" [1990] MUM 21 Black Velvet Band - Let It Flow / Reaching An Untapped Vein 7" [1990] MUM 22 The Golden Horde - I Never Came Down / Let Me Be 7" [1990] MUM 23 The Word - Victoria / When The Lights Go Out 7" [1990] MUM 24 An Emotional Fish - Lace Virginia / Celebrate 7" [1990] MUM 25 An Emotional Fish - Blue / An Obvious Song 7" [1990] MUM 26 Black Velvet Band - Werewolves Of London / We Called It 7" MUM 27 MUM 28 MUM 29 Subterraneans - Game Show 7" [1991] MUM 30 Wreckage - Morning / Just Eye 7" [1991] MUM 31 The Golden Horde - Endless Weekend 7" [1991] MUM 32 Engine Alley - Flowerbox EP CDS [1991] MUM 33 The Golden Horde - Friends In Time 7" [1991] MUM 34 MUM 35 The Word - Move Along / Listen / The King And I CDS [1992] MUM 36 The Golden Horde - Hell / Secrets Ripples Moments 7" [1992] MUM 37 DJ Bumble - West In Motion 12" [1992] MUM 38 Engine Alley - Infamy 7" [1992] MUM 39 Engine Alley - Mrs Winder CDS [1992] MUM 40 Bumble - Untitled EP 12" MUM 41 Engine Alley - Song For Someone CDS [1993] MUM 42 Lena Fiagbe (as Lena) - You Come From Earth CDS [1993] MUM 43 Engine Alley - Infamy CDS [1993] MUM 44 Lena Fiagbe - Gotta Get It Right CDS [1993] MUM 45 MUM 46 MUM 47 Engine Alley - Switch CDS [1993] MUM 48 Engine Alley - Switch EP CDS [1993] MUM 49 Lena Fiagbe - What's It Like To Be Beautiful CDS [1994] MUM 50

ALBUMS

MUML/MUMC/MUMCD MUM 891 Stano - Only LP/CD [1989] MUM 892 unknown, probably issued as BUAL 892 MUM 893 Guy Clark - Old Friends LP/CD [1989] MUM 894 V/A - Rainbow Warrior 2xLP/K7 [1989] MUM 895 Black Velvet Band - When Justice Came LP/CD [1989] MUM ??6 MUM 907 An Emotional Fish - s/t LP/CD [1990] MUM ??8 MUM 919 The Golden Horde - s/t LP/CD [1991] MUM ??10 MUM 9211 Engine Alley - A Sonic Holiday LP/CD [1992] MUM 9312 Engine Alley - s/t LP/CD [1993] MUM 9413 Lena Fiagbe - Visions CD [1994] MUM 9414 MUM 9415 Gil Scott-Heron - Spirits CD [1994] MUM 9416 V/A - Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert OST CD [1994] PR MUM 1 The Golden Horde - Third Album Promo CD [1991]

Son Records

BUA 881 Pulse (AKA Rusty Egan) - Whole Lotta Love / Ultra-V 7"/12" [1988] BUA 882 The Republic of Ireland Soccer Squad - The Boys In Green / Molly Malone 7" [1988] BUAL 892 Moving Hearts - The Storm LP [1989?] originally issued on Tara in 1985 PBUA 892 Moving Hearts - The Lark 7" one-sided promo [1989] BUA 901 The Republic of Ireland Soccer Squad - Put 'em Under Pressure 7" [1990] BUA 191 The Coletranes - I Wake Up / While You're Sleeping 7" [1991] (PS) BUA 491 The Spirit Merchants - Sixty Three / Birdland 7" [1988] (PS) different Son label? BUA 9110 Christie Hennessy - The Rehearsal CD [1991] BUA 192 The Joshua Trio - The Fly / Where The Streets Have No Name 7" [1992] BUA 193 The Dust Devils - Kaleidoscope Days EP CDS [1993] BUA 293 Scheer - Wish You Were Dead CDS [1993 BUA 937 Patrick Cassidy - The Children Of Lir/Oidhe Chloinne Lir CD [1993] BUA 9414 Buddy Mondlock - S/T [1994] RTE/BUA CD1 Bill Whelan featuring Anuna and RTE Concert Orchestra - Riverdance CDS [1994]

Mammy Records

MA 001 Terence (John Creedon) - Que Sera Sera / Que Sera Sera (Over Under Mix) 7" [198?] (PS) Charity single in aid of the People In Need Trust. The label design is a parody of the Mother label. I'm not absolutely sure this is Mother Records related.


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