Mum Pop is a sub-style of music that I have created that exists to counter balance Dad Rock.
Flavorwire defines Dad Rock as the following:
Dad–rock (n.): 1. (lit.) music played by dads; 2. music made by old white dudes that somehow always ends up on the car stereo and/or being played on the hi-fi at various school friends’ houses.
For me Mum Pop are artists, bands or CD’s that are usually owned by mum’s, nana’s, nanny’s, grandma’s throughout the nation. The music is often inoffensive pop music with a focus around love or romance.
These records often fill up car boots, charity shops and various other second hand outlets throughout the United Kingdom due to their widespread abundance. However no one actually wants to buy any of them because they are so hopelessly boring to listen to, they have been forgotten to time.
Mum pop CD’s are often bought by mum’s (normally middle-aged and above) at supermarkets while doing the weekly shop. They usually find out about the performer from daytime TV programmes such as This Morning or Loose Women. They will then play these CD’s at home while cleaning or while driving the kids to school, eventually tiring of them (which isn’t a difficult resolution to come to) and leaving them to rot, unplayed on a bookshelf somewhere.
Sooner or later when the mum figure is doing a tidy up she will collect these old CD’s and then take them to a car boot or unload them onto some poor charity shop – to which they will sit on a shelf or in a soggy box for eternity until they eventually end up in a landfill.
To be a mum pop release:
- Must be popular, have at least one track that reached the UK singles chart or was featured in a typical mum pop style film♠ – nothing obscure or independent (although mum-pop styled stuff definitely exists)
- Release must have a market value of less than £1 GBP
- Be in such abundance that it exists everywhere you turn in the second hand marketplace
- Have no real identity other, and could be easily replaced with another mum pop performer or record
- Contains tracks that are inoffensive, not really in any way sexy or raunchy (see Yummy Mummy section). Themes surround things like love and feeling nice. No big heavy rock influences, little to no influences from genre’s such as R&B, hip hop or EDM.
♠ Mum pop style films include romantic comedies, period drama’s, family friendly movies, musicals or romantic drama’s
The Mum Pop Hall of Fame
Below are a selection of albums that are pure mum pop. You can pretty much guarantee that you would find at least 5 of these CD’s at any car boot or charity shop collecting dust, or maybe your mum (or grandma, or nanny) has these on their shelves.
Yummy Mummy Pop
A natural evolution of Mum Pop is Yummy Mummy pop.
The urban dictionary definition for Yummy Mummy is as follows:
An attractive, healthy, and very sexy mother! Usually a young woman or sometimes a really gorgeous and hot middle aged mother. Yummy mummies usually wear trendy clothes, have great hairstyles and always look fabulous.
So Yummy Mummy pop are releases that were bought in their droves (again usually at supermarkets) by young mothers who still wanted to be sexy or feel attractive. Although Mum Pop these days has nearly died out completely, I would say that the Yummy Mummy pop is still in full effect.
Yummy Mummy Pop changes the following requirements
- May have some elements of identity, not as easy to swap out without notice
- Contains tracks that could be seen as a bit risqué by older mums – songs that openly talk about feeling sexy, being sexy, doing sexy things. Lot’s of R&B and hip-hop influences.
And adds the following requirement:
- Is highly likely to be played in some bar/pub/club somewhere in the UK – sometimes to a giggling group of hen do-ers