Toppa Top 10: Ten ‘Mama’ Tunes For Mother’s Day

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May 9, 2012

3. Junior/Shinehead, “Mama Used to Say”


“Mama Used to Say,” by British-Jamaican R&B singer Junior Giscombe, is one of those bubbly, effervescent R&B hits from the early ’80s that we’ll never stop singing along to on Sunday afternoons. Shinehead’s cover version is a whole ‘nother thing entirely with a stark, minimal edge not unlike his classic cover of “Billie Jean” (which “Mama Used to Say” appeared as a B-side to). And we can’t forget the Born Jamericans and Mad Lion version, “Gotta Get Mine.”