Mean Green Mother from Outer Space

Album: The Little Shop Of Horrors soundtrack (1982)

Songfacts®:

  • The mean green mother of this song is the blood-drinking plant from the Howard Ashman/Alan Menken musical Little Shop Of Horrors. In the film it is sung by Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops (who did not of course appear in the flesh). In the song, the plant reveals itself as an alien invader intent on taking over the world. It is accompanied by its pods, to the horror of shop assistant Seymour, who is doing his best to kill it, while the plant is also trying to kill him. Although it did not appear in the original stage production, "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" was nominated for the 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the first such nomination to contain profanity (apart from in its title, where Mother is of course only half a word). The award went to "Take My Breath Away." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Songwriter Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy TalentSongwriter Interviews

The frontman for one of Canada's most well-known punk rock bands talks about his Eddie Vedder encounter, Billy Talent's new album, and the importance of rock and roll.

David Bowie Leads the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired MenSong Writing

Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.

Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")Songwriter Interviews

Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.

Director Nick Morris ("The Final Countdown")Song Writing

Nick made some of the biggest videos on MTV, including "The Final Countdown," "Heaven" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.