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The Mix: Bands Of Brothers And Sisters

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(Left to right) Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Gems/Redfern hide caption

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(Left to right) Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Jermaine Jackson.


Each day during the week of Thanksgiving, Morning Edition will examine a different aspect of the complex bond that exists between siblings. As part of the series, NPR Music is highlighting our favorite family acts, from legends like The Jackson 5 and The Ronettes to indie-rock headliners Arcade Fire and The Breeders to jazz families like The Marsalis Family and The Montgomery Brothers.

NPR Music stations KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle, KCRW 89.9 FM in Santa Monica, Calif., and curated a mix of songs from more than 100 bands of brothers and sisters. Enjoy the music and let us know which families we overlooked in the comments section.

The Playlist

  • 3 Cohens, "U-Valley"
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow, "Shy"
  • Albert Ayler, "Angels"
  • Alla, "El Movimiento"
  • The Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues"
  • Arcade Fire, "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)"
  • Arcwelder, "Just Not Moving"
  • The Avett Brothers, "I and Love and You"
  • The Baird Sisters, "Sugar Baby"
  • The Bangles, "Manic Monday"
  • The Barry Sisters, "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head"
  • Bauhaus, "In the Flat Field"
  • The Beach Boys, "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
  • Bedhead, "Half-Thought"
  • The Bee Gees, "New York Mining Disaster 1941"
  • Bill Barron, "Ode to an Earth Girl"
  • Blonde Redhead, "This is Not"
  • Blood on the Wall, "Stoner Jam"
  • The Brecker Brothers, "Skunk Funk"
  • The Breeders, "Cannonball"
  • The Burns Sisters, "Bedrock"
  • Cannonball Adderley, "Bohemia After Dark"
  • The Carpenters, "Crystal Lullaby"
  • The Carter Family, "Can the Circle Be Unbroken"
  • The Clean, "Tally Ho!"
  • CocoRosie, "Terrible Angels"
  • The Cowboy Junkies, "Misguided Angel"
  • The Cribs, "Hey Scenesters!"
  • Curtis Brothers Quartet, "Curtis Anew"
  • The Delays, "Nearer Than Heaven"
  • Dengue Fever, "Ethanopium"
  • Devo, "Be Stiff"
  • ESG, "Erase You"
  • Eux Antres, "Queen Turner"
  • The Everly Brothers, "Wake Up Little Susie"
  • Extra Golden, "Obama"
  • The Fiery Furnaces, "Tropical Ice-Land"
  • Fletcher Henderson, "Christopher Columbus"
  • Frightened Rabbit, "Square 9"
  • The Happy Mondays, "Kinky Afro"
  • Heart, "Crazy on You"
  • Holiday Flyer, "Trains"
  • The Holmes Brothers, "Hey Baby"
  • Hood, "You Show No Emotion At All"
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, "Rabbit Hop"
  • Ida, "Les etoiles secretes"
  • The Isley Brothers, "Footsteps in the Sand"
  • The Jackson 5, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause"
  • The Jackson 5, "I'll Be There"
  • The Jackson 5, "The Love You Save"
  • Jeff the Brotherhood, "Heavy Days"
  • Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, "Rise Up With Fists!!"
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Just Like Honey"
  • The Jones Brothers, "Three and One"
  • Kevin Eubanks, "Union (ft. Robin Eubanks)"
  • The Kinks, "Stop Your Sobbing"
  • The Knife, "We Share Our Mother's Health"
  • Koes Plus, "Kelelawar (The Bats)"
  • The La's, "There She Goes"
  • The Louvin Brothers, "The Christian Life"
  • Love & Rockets, "All in My Mind"
  • The Lovell Sisters, "In My Time of Dyin'"
  • The Magic Numbers, "Forever Lost"
  • Mandrill, "Kofijahm (Coffee Jam)"
  • Marcus Strickland, "Cuspy's Delight"
  • The Marsalis Family, "Syndrome"
  • The McDades, "The Whistle Blower"
  • Meat Puppets, "Lake of Fire"
  • Midlake, "Roscoe"
  • The Montgomery Brothers, "Groove Yard"
  • The Moore Brothers, "Good Heart, Money and Rain"
  • Nat "King" Cole, "Oh, Lady Be Good"
  • The National, "Slow Show"
  • The New Year, "Newness Ends"
  • Nickel Creek, "Out of the Woods"
  • Oasis, "Wonderwall"
  • Orbital, "The Saint"
  • Palace Music, "New Partner"
  • The Pernice Brothers, "Clear Spot"
  • The Polyjesters, "Lookin' for Company"
  • The Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty in Pink"
  • Radiohead, "Talk Show Host"
  • The Ramones, "We're a Happy Family"
  • The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
  • The Roches, "Mr. Sellack"
  • The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
  • School of Seven Bells, "Half Asleep"
  • Screaming Trees, "Nearly Lost You"
  • Serena-Maneesh, "Un-Deux"
  • The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack"
  • Shonen Knife, "Ice Cream City"
  • Sly & The Family Stone, "You Can Make If If You Try"
  • Smoosh, "Free to Stay"
  • Spandau Ballet, "TRUE"
  • Sparks, "Moustache"
  • Split Enz, "I Got You"
  • The Stanley Brothers, "Angel Bamd"
  • The Staple Singers, "I'll Take You There"
  • The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Tegan and Sara, "Monday Monday Monday"
  • These New Puritans, "Elvis"
  • Throwing Muses, "Not Too Soon"
  • Tia Fuller, "I Can't Get Started"
  • Tim O'Brien, "Wichita"
  • The Traschcan Sinatras, "Only Tongue Can Tell"
  • Trip Shakespeare, "Pearle"
  • The Undertones, "Teenage Kicks"
  • Versus, "Shangri-La"
  • Wake the President, "You Can't Change That Boy"
  • The Watersons, "The Still & Silent Ocean"
  • The White Stripes, "When I Hear My Name"
    (Remember when we thought they were brother and sister?)
  • Why?, "Sand Dolllars"
  • Women, "Eyesore"
  • The Wood Brothers, "Luckiest Man"
  • Woody Herman, "Four Brothers"
  • Young Marble Giants, "Wurlitzer Jukebox"



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