Posts Tagged ‘Three Dog Night’

Saturday Matinee: Dontcha Be Talmbout Mama

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Squeeze Box” was recorded by The Who in 1975. No sexual innuendo intended they said. Ya, right, I said.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Live at The Roxy, 1973. Wait for the slide trombone solo sans trombone. Early polyrhythmic jazz fusion, whether you like it or not.

Mama Told Me Not To Come” was written by Randy Newman for Eric Burden and The Animals who recorded & released it in 1967. Very cool song sung partially in Ebonics. The best known version was by Three Dog Night in 1970.

Mama Said” was recorded by the Shirelles, released in 1961 and became an entirely bitchin’ hit.

Big Mama Thornton was talented and scary at the same time. Even the Chess Brothers said she was nasty, wore scars. Here’s her 1965 rendition of “Hound Dog,” written by Lieber & Stoller.

There’s a little something for everyone on this post. Have a great weekend, and be sure too give your Mamas a great big hug tomorrow. If you don’t, I will.


Saturday Matinee – Hoyt Axton & His Mom, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Randy Newman, X, Paul McCartney

Saturday, 10 September 2011

That’s Steppenwolf, as if I had to tell you. “Born To Be Wild” was released in 1968, as was “The Pusher,” written by Hoyt Axton. Axton also wrote “Joy To The World,” a major hit recorded by Three Dog Night, and one of the worst songs in rock history, IMO. I refuse to post it, so I’ll go with this 1970 classic:

“Mama Told Me Not To Come” was written by Randy Newman.

I don’t care much for his politiks, but he’s a funny guy. Hell, anyone that can blatantly mock L.A. without Los Angelenos catching on is all right by me.

Okay, I looked for a decent vid of X‘ “Los Angeles” but settled for “Johnny Hit And Run Pauline” instead, just to keep the vibe going. (No, really. I looked. Serious Ramones influence on that.)

Now back to Hoyt Axton. His mother wrote this: [Insert John Cale garbage here] I can tolerate a lot of alternative experimental stuff, but John Cale’s version of “Heartbreak Hotel” is so wrong.

This, on the other hand is honest: Paul McCartney plays Hoyt Axton’s Mom.

And with that, we’re out of here. Have a great weekend, folks, and be back tomorrow for more stuff.

Saturday Matinee – The Pencil, The Multiverse, & The Echos of Nyro

Saturday, 5 September 2009

School is back in session, so check these out.

The Pencil. The late Milton Friedman is one of my favorites.

2005: Dr. Michio Kaku describes the purpose of LISA, scheduled for launch in 2010(?).  Woof.  This guy’s got some amazing ideas, despite his Berkely ties.

The intelligent Homerbird describes the daily rotation of the earth in easy to understand terms.
[Found at the Presurfer.]

Speaking of Dimensions, I caught myself before I posted a 5th Dimension vid, and decided to post Laura Nyro instead since she wrote several of their hits. Because there are so few decent Laura Nyro videos on the Utoobage, here are three of her songs performed by others, including the 5thD.

Blood Sweat & Tears‘ version of  “When I Die” from 1970, live in Japan.  (Hope someone can take this semi demagnetized video tape and balance out the sound.)

Three Dog Night‘s “Eli’s Comin’.”

I secretly liked Nyro’s version of this song, too.

The Royalettes‘ “Gonna Take A Miracle.” This was not a Nyro song, although she covered the 1965 hit in 1971.


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