TooShiftyForYou: TIL the guy who writes all the songs for Pixar movies wrote “Mama Told Me Not To Come.”
pipsdontsqueak: >I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.
– Michael Caine regarding Jaws: The Revenge
mrblahblahblah: 3 dog night was/is great. Tons of hits, I don’t think they wrote a single one
IndyDude11: They’ve got a friend in him.
CosmonaughtyIsRoboty: TIL Randy Newman originally wrote “Mama Told Me Not To Come”
dime_a_time: Useless Fact: Hoyt Axton wrote “Joy to the World” (Jeremiah was a bullfrog)
His mother, Mae Axton, co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel, by Elvis.
I on the other hand, have written nothing.
BlackBlades: There’s an awesome version of the song by Tom Jones backed by the Stereophonics. Best cover IMHO.
crowscountingspades: When we were young, growing up in the 60’s/70’s, we thought Three Dog Night was pure bubble gum pop! In other words, you were more likely to hear The Jackson Five or Edison Lighthouse playing before and after than Led Zeppelin, The Who or Bowie.
Today? It’s nostalgic as Hell! Love hearing it! Thankfully, got to see Cory Wells and his peeps several years ago in Stafford, TX. The show was spectacular — I mean, they were nailing every note!
Music will miss him!
One more act you need to catch before it’s gone? Gary Puckett! Man, that guy sounds better today than any of his own records!!! Look him up! Drive or fly! SEE HIM!!!
russefaux: easier than following a man all around town in order to sell him hotdogs for the same goal
Goldving: Title makes it sound like he’s about to take him to court for using his song.
reddflannelshirt: One of America’s greatest living song writers. *Rednecks* is a masterpiece if anyone is interested in further Newman listening.
IgnoranceInNumbers: That was in 1970 where a year of college was like 400 bucks.
thr33beggars: This reminds me of a time a local celebrity had a talent show in my hometown, with the offer of a full scholarship to any school in the country for the winner.
Some people sang songs, some people juggled, some people did other various acts that one would see in a talent show. However, as soon as the eventual winner performed, everyone else knew that they had been bested.
A scrawny seventeen year old kid walked out on stage, and stood there for a moment. Everyone seemed confused, but I assume now that he was gathering his nerves. Suddenly, he threw his hand up in the air, and started wiggling his fingers. Surprised at the movement, the crowd gasped. If only they knew what was to come.
He then pulled all his fingers on his one hand into a fist, except for his pointer finger. He slowly twisted his body like a professional contortionist, until his arm was tucked between his legs and his hand was halfway up his back. He then wiggled his fingers again, and without any hesitation, slid his entire hand up his asshole. He quickly followed with his wrist, then his elbow, and before you knew it, he was shoulder deep in his own ass. With a single, solitary grunt, he pushed in his head, and then slid the entire other arm in. His torso came next, and then his hole swallowed up the rest of him, and he was gone.
No one ever figured out where he went, but his prize money is still waiting for him at city hall. If you’re reading this, ass magician, you blew everyone’s minds.
Toddspickle: You’ll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day…
It’s great to be an American.
The_Nightman_82: Randy Newman is singing about the things he sees! They’re walking! Left foot right foot left foot right foot
JoshSidekick: Cobra Commander loves 70’s boogie. He’s a big fan of Three Dog Night. And when he takes over the world, the first thing he’ll do, is make them reunite.
loverevolutionary: I’ll just leave this here for all you Randy Newman fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dOZFu4QuRU
cowgirlinthesand: RIP Cory Wells 😢
Swankishesque: I saw Wells and Hutton in the 90s when they toured as TDN. I knew they had been huge in the 70s, but I really only knew of a couple songs. Throughout the show, I was constantly stunned to find out how many songs of theirs I actually *did* know, but just never knew it was them. Came away from the show with a new appreciation for them.
A few years prior to this, I was at a local Sunday night open stage. I remember hanging out in front of the club one night,with a few of the other musicians, when this guy came up to us. He claimed he had been one of the singers in Three Dog Night. The guy was pretty shabby and sketchy looking, and I just figured he was just some junkie or crazy homeless person who was telling tall tales.
Fast forward many years later, and I learned that Chuck Negron actually was strung out on heroin and homeless for several years. Was it really Chuck Negron I met that night or some dude pretending to be him? And if so, how in the hell did he end up in a podunk town in the Midwest? To this day, I still have no idea.
BioSector: TIL just how many bands have covered this song. At least a dozen on Apple Music. Likes of Tom Jones, Jackson 5, Wilson Pickett, and Headstones.
00093293: i had no idea that was a Randy Newman song
obligatory best sketch (arguable, i know) from MadTV
edit: lunch, oh lunch
BBQShampoo: I have a hat signed Cory “Poop Dog” Wells that i caught from him during the “rap is crap” portion of the show a few years ago, and it is one of my most prized possessions.
bear_sausage: I was at a yesteryear concert sponsored by a music store in Sacramento in the late 80s or early 90s. The band Three Dog Night opened for Tiny Tim. The lead singer from Three Dog Night was drunk as fuck. On stage he proceeded to tell the crowd of mostly old people and kids about how much pussy he used to get. And that he got some infection in his dick that caused it to split like a hot dog in the microwave.
Also: Tiny Tim was wheeled on stage using a dolly. He did one song – you know the one – then was scooped up and wheeled off.
Maybe the music store was called Skip’s Music? Long time ago!
yoloswag420blaze69: I love three dog night, but I could never get down to that song. Don’t know how it got to be a number 1 hit, but hey good for them.
ulodas: When 1 dog is not enough and 2 is too low its 3 dog bow wow…
insane__knight: Today I learned a famous guy said something once. Fucking amazing.
friskydoughnut: Why has three dog night shown up in my news feed multiple times today? I’ve never heard of them before today
JustPleasedToSeeYou: Something something broken arms.
kittenmommy: I almost downvoted this because I hate Randy Newman so goddamn fucking much.