" is a song by British pop
group Spice Girls
. It was written by the Spice Girls, Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
, and produced by Rowe and Stannard for the group's debut album Spice
, released in November 1996. "Mama" is a pop ballad
, that features instrumentation from keyboards
, a rhythm guitar
, a cello
, and a violin
, and its lyrics deals with the difficulties in the relationships between mothers and teenagers that appears during the adolescence.
The song and its double A-side
, "Who Do You Think You Are
", became the official single of the 1997 Comic Relief
. Its Big TV!
directed music video, featured the group singing to an audience of children and their own mothers. Despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics, "Mama" was commercially successful. Released as the album's fourth single in March 1997, it became their fourth consecutive number-one single in the United Kingdom, which made the Spice Girls the first act in UK chart history to have its first four singles reach number one. It was certified platinum
by the British Phonographic Industry
(BPI). The single performed well internationally, reaching the top ten in many European countries and New Zealand, and the top fifteen in Australia.
Writing and inspiration
"Mama" was written by the Spice Girls with songwriting partners Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard
. In an interview about the writing process between the group and the duo, Rowe credits Melanie Brown
as the one... Read More