A lot of people might say that their mom is a rock star. But for a smaller portion of the population, their mom actually is a rock star. In honor of Mother's Day, and all of the figuratively and literally rocking moms out there, we'd like to salute five of our favourite musical matriarchs.
And, for those of you who don't think your mom is anything close to a rock star, we've also listed five of our least favourite rocker moms so that you can sit back and at least take solace in the fact that you weren't raised by Courtney Love.
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Worst: Courtney Love
Poor Frances Bean. Dad Kurt Cobain committed suicide when she was only a baby and her mother Courtney Love consistently practices <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOILKHmZBwc" target="_blank">"Mommy Dearest" levels</a> of bad parenting. <a href="http://www.spinner.ca/2012/02/02/courtney-love-killed-pets/" target="_blank">According</a> to Frances Bean herself, the former Hole singer, occasional actress and full-time hot mess has been a terrible mother. Her many, many offenses include drug abuse, accidental fire starting and killing two of her daughter's pets. Courtney <a href="http://www.spinner.ca/2009/12/14/courtney-love-custody/" target="_blank">lost custody</a> of Frances when she was 17, and was also hit with a <a href="http://www.spinner.ca/2009/12/17/courtney-love-restraining-order/" target="_blank">restraining order </a>preventing her from seeing her daughter. Love now <a href="http://www.spinner.ca/2012/04/11/courtney-love-dave-grohl-frances-bean-cobain/" target="_blank">attacks</a> the long-suffering young woman on Twitter.
Best: Gwen Stefani
It's arguable that the No Doubt singer and Harajuku-loving Gwen Stefani didn't have her wisest moments as a mother when she chose to name her kids Kingston and Zuma. But those little punklets always look so adorable and happy in their stylish haircuts and clothes that Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale of Bush fame must be doing something right.
Worst: Britney Spears
When pop princess Britney Spears first started dating an incredibly fertile and somewhat shady-seeming backup dancer named Kevin Federline, no one could have predicted that K-Fed would become the more promising parent of the two. But, over the years, Federline has proved to be the stable influence in the lives of their two sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston, while Britters has faced a distressing series of battles with the law, child services and reality. That said, it's been years since she was spotted driving with her son on her lap, and after her 2008 breakdown, Britney has seemingly pulled herself back together. In 2010 she was declared a "fit mom" by California authorities.
Best: Kate McGarrigle
The late, great Kate McGarrigle was a cool musical mom in more ways than one. As half of the legendary Canadian folk duo Kate and Anna McGarrigle, she was a musician who happened to be a mom. But she also became a mom of cool musicians when she raised Rufus and Martha Wainwright into the fine artists they are today.
Worst: Sharon Osbourne
Kelly and Jack Osbourne are doing just fine for themselves these days, but both faced their share of addiction issues and demons in their youth. Whether or not a more strict influence from Ozzy Osbourne and rock star wife, manager extraordinaire Sharon Osbourne could have spared them their troubles is debatable. At the very least, though, she didn't exactly set the best example for her kids on the Osbournes reality show, what with all of the throwing food at the neighbours and other shenanigans.
Best: The Go Gos' Charlotte Caffey
Go-Go's guitarist Charlotte Caffey, along with her husband Jeff McDonald of Redd Kross fame, clearly have a sense of familial tradition. When their daughter Astrid was just a tween, they put her to work in the family business as the drummer for Ze Malibu Kids, a band that includes her parents, her uncle Steve McDonald and aunt Anna Waronker. In a particularly awesome moment of mother/daughter bonding, Astrid and Charlotte also <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCVpeWrq5s0&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">covered</a> Steel Train's "Bloody Lips" together.
Worst: Bebe Buell
Liv Tyler seems like a perfectly lovely and well-adjusted woman, so there's a high probability that her mom, Bebe Buell, did a perfectly good job of raising her. But the model, singer and partial inspiration for Penny Lane in "Almost Famous" did let a young Liv believe that rocker Todd Rundgren was her biological father for the first eight years of her life (Buell only admitted that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was Liv's father after the girl met him and started asking questions) and that's got to confuse a kid just a little bit.
Best: Natalia Yanchak of The Dears
The Dears keyboardist and singer found her <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRSDFBBlGp4" target="_blank">Ticket to Immortality</a> when she had a daughter and son with her husband and musical partner, Dears singer Murray Lightburn. Natalia now occasionally blogs and tweets about the adventures of young Neptune and Apollo, including her rather appropriate fondness for Spongebob Squarepants, and her desire to have a robot who will do her homework for her.
Worst: Olivia Newton-John
"Physical" singer Olivia Newton-John clearly loves her daughter. Little Chloe Lattanzi even inspired "Warm And Tender," an album of lullabies for moms and kids in 1990. And we understand that good moms really want to support their kids' dreams. But sometimes moms also have to step back and help their kids face reality. And, well, what we're really saying here is that maybe OLJ should have tried a little harder to talk poor Chloe out of her <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7hE5Mlqmao&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">bizarre and confusing</a> musical performances on MTV's rock star spawn talent show, "Rock The Cradle."
Best: Kimya Dawson
Even when the Moldy Peaches were singing "Who's Got The Crack?" and "Downloading Porn With Davo," Kimya Dawson brought a certain playful innocence to the proceedings. So it should really come as no surprise that she's turned into a really fun rock mom. Dawson has taken her five year-old daughter, Panda Delilah, on tour with her all over the world and even got her to co-write a song on her album "Thunder Thighs."