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  1. People are probably wondering what I'm smoking, beginning a thread about "Mama Told Me Not To Come," one of the most embarrassingly annoying songs that Three Dog Night ever recorded. Worse, it was written by Randy Newman, who I find about as likable as Michael Moore, with a voice about as pleasant as Bob Dylan's. So why am I writing about such a bad song? Because it's the *only* song that I've heard Randy Newman perform (granted, a very limited selection) that I like, but only *his* bluesy version. Three Dog Night - the cover everyone knows about - ruined it by turning it into some silly soft-rock ballad: <--- This is really bad: sanitized, takes itself too seriously, no blues component, etc. But Newman's version works, because it's bluesy, gritty, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek: <--- This works So, a song that I never liked, sung by a performer I never liked, equals a performance that I like: Two negatives make a positive. And the unknown, original version by Eric Burdon and The Animals works to some extent also, because it's closer in spirit to what Newman wrote: <--- This also works (but not as well as Newman's) Trivia: Did you know that Eric Burdon was the lead singer of *both* The Animals ("The House of the Rising Sun") *and* War ("The Cisco Kid")?! I can't hear the same person singing both of these recordings, but it is so.
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