TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and made it a No. 1 hit, Newman called the band's lead singer Cory Wells and said "I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college"

TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and made it a No. 1 hit, Newman called the band's lead singer Cory Wells and said "I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college"
TIL after the band Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman's song "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and mad...

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

I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time — he's now 18 — he said, 'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros.?' and I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'

Dennis Hopper

TIL the guy who writes all the songs for Pixar movies wrote "Mama Told Me Not To Come."

Check out his song "Short People".

TIL Randy Newman originally wrote “Mama Told Me Not To Come”

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.

Speed is a solid action movie and Hopper gave a pretty awesome performance so I don't know what you're referring to.

T_D started out as a joke too. What intelligent people fail to grasp about satire and metapor, is that morons will take it at face value every single time.

See also: Colbert being invited to do a speech at the WH.

Yeah, thank you Newman for that.

Years of abuse and ridicule while in grade school and middle school when that song came out. Somehow the bullies felt justified in their cruelty because it was always on the radio at the time.

Signed: -guy who didn't grow very tall.

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!!!

Isn't it even more ironic since the song seems like a satirical take on being judgmental towards things people can't control, like how tall they are or their ethnicity? I've always felt like the song was saying... "Hey, listen how silly it sounds to judge someone solely based on height/something they have no say in."

Pop Quiz. Hot shot! What do you do when one bad mouths one of the best action movies of the 90s?

The names have been changed (in this case omitted) to protect the innocent.

3 dog night was/is great. Tons of hits, I don't think they wrote a single one

Kid wit is the sharpest.

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.

They’ve got a friend in him.

"You Can Leave Your Hat On"

And . He was a bit dirty about Joe Cocker having a major hit with that one by changing the key and rocking it harder, but he eventually came around to the realisation that he didn't have the vocal power to do justice to the song himself.

This, folks, is a genuine old person.


There's an awesome version of the song by Tom Jones backed by the Stereophonics. Best cover IMHO.

Wait, really?

Truly a sheep's worst nightmare.

Hey, but you wrote this post. Own it man, it’s yours.

“Mama told me not to come.” - Randy Newman

Three Dog Night

T_D really started as a joke?

Probably 'Shoot the hostage'

I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, it would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.”

Apparently not according to some trumpster oik replying to me. It's been deadly serious since day one - but I definitely know people who took part assuming it was a joke.

I'm not sure repeating an extremely common misconception makes me 'retarded'. I looked at the sub in its early days and assumed it was satire from the ridiculousness of it. So did many others - I've talked to people who took part assuming it was just a joke. So I have personal experience, and second hand experience. Most people form opinions with much less evidence than that.

However I'm glad my apparent mistake was an opportunity for you to try to feel superior to me. You must have a very pathetic life. I pity you.

Randy Newman is singing about the things he sees! They’re walking! Left foot right foot left foot right foot

OLDER person. (Still play soccer; play poker past daybreak; ski. Older...not old.)

Or there is no subtext and you're just simply an asshole?

My sister was talking to her 7yo son about sex. He was telling her it was gross. She told him that it was perfectly natural and that it was something that two people who love each other do. He responded, "You must love a lot of people, huh?"

Oh really you mean the guy that disappeared into his own asshole was a fake story gee thanks

On BOTH sides of the wall, might I add.

Christ you're one of them. At this rate I'm going to have to tattoo 'false equivalency' onto every eyeball in America.

Link to Newman's version

Wow - thirteen sentences, fourteen exclamation points! You are very enthusiastic!!

try to feel superior to me

With how you conduct yourself, not much try about it.

At first I was picturing the dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite.

Many years ago, that song came on the radio, and my 7-year old nephew said, "That's a bad song, and a bad man sings it".

I, being a Randy Newman fan from way back tried to explain that the singer wrote songs in the voices of characters, like an author. It was probably a bit much to think such a young child would understand my explanation for why I didn't think the man singing was bad.

Wow... You just analyzed my writing as though you're a bot. Are you AI/ML or human?

(I am enthusiastic.)