Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Oh Mama: Momma Was An Opium Smoker

Rasputina: Momma Was An Opium Smoker


Most mama-centric songs are old-school classics that dote on dear ol' mom or on some feisty lady who deserves an ode in her honor. This song isn't old-school, but it is both a song about a feisty woman, and an ode to somebody's mother, whether it be kind or not.

Rasputina is a cello-rock band with a fetish for Victorian era history and fashion (wearing dusty corsets as concert attire). The song tells the story of one of the many women around the turn of the century who were initially prescribed opium as a treatment for "female problems", which in today's terms means menstrual cramps, and then became addicted through the eyes of her child. Of course, it IS a Rasputina song so it's done in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek humorous way. But it's a lot of fun and totally rockin' as well.

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