100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Mother’s Little Helper- The Rolling Stones. Compared to other bands crossing the pond in the early days of the British Invasion- The Rolling Stones were slow off the blocks- they didn’t have much of an impact in 1964- they had two Top 40 hits and only one which cracked the Top 25- ‘Time Is On My Side’ #6. It wasn’t until the summer of 1965 and ‘Satisfaction’ that they hit their stride. Part of the reason was it took a little while for the songwriting team of Jagger/ Richards to get it together but once they started writing their own material- the big hits started to fall. From the period ‘Satisfaction’ hit in June of /65 until ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ in July 1966- they had 3 #1’s -‘Satisfaction’. ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ and ‘Paint It, Black.’ and three other Top 10’s- ”As Tears Go By’ #6, ‘I9th Nervous Breakdown’ #2 and then ”Mother’s Little Helper’ #8- The Stones had arrived. ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ is about the popularity of tranquilizers among housewives. Not exactly a heavily covered topic in pop-rock songs. While the media was focusing on drug use by the young- The Rolling Stones pointed to the previous generations hypocrisy with their abuse of pills- and it was a Top 10 hit.
Single: Mother’s Little Helper- The Rolling Stones/ Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards/ Record Company- London/ Time: 2:40/ Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham/ Recorded December 1965/ Released July 1966 in US, April 15,1966 in UK/ #8 in US Billboard Hot 100, was not released as a single in UK.