Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mama Told Me Not to Come 1970 vs 2000

Mama Told Me Not to Come was written by Randy Newman in the late 60's
for Eric Burdon & The Animals.
Newman said the song was loosely based on his own experience and reflection
of the Los Angeles music scene in the 1960's.

Three Dog Night released their successful cover version in 1970.
The Stereophonics joined Tom Jones for his version on his Reloaded album in 2000.

So while, Three Dog Nights version isn't the original, I think it is better
than Eric and the Animals version (sorry Eric), and I'm throwing it up against
Tom Jones with the Stereophonics .

I've chosen two live performances of the song for the bout.

Tough choice for me - both versions, bands and artists are great.
But as I have a thing for Kelly Jones' voice from the Stereophonics, and I don't mind
abit of Tom Jones, it's the 2000 version for me.
(Special mention to the dude rockin' the tight green silk pants in the '70s clip though.)


Three Dog Night - 1970

Tom Jones and the Stereophonics - 2000


  1. Hi Donna. This is a hard choice but on this occasion I think I will go with the '70s...perhaps it is the green pants :)

    1. The green pants! They are pretty special aren't they? They get alot of airtime in that clip. 70's for you Jane - good call. xx

  2. I agree with you. The Three Dog Night version is my favorite.

    I've done a few things in my life that I decided "weren't the way to have fun" later. But they sure seemed like it at the time. :)

    1. Ha ha - yes, the thing mama told you not to do were generally the best fun! Two votes for Three Dog Night. Thanks Dana. x

  3. Its the 1970's version for me, more passion, better sounding guitar solo, the fashion, the facial hair, cant go past some good 70's facial hair. Sorry Tom

    1. I am so with you on the facial hair on the lead singer Pollos! They do seem to be having a good time with the song in the 70's clip and I agree that it's a great sound. That's Three votes for Three Dog Night. x


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