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Mama Told Me Not to Come

by Five Townz

Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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• “Five Townz, “Mama Told Me Not To Come
New York-based rock outfit Five Townz blends an appreciable blend of classic rock with folk & blues, encompassing the soul of the ‘70s with a modern mesh of organic rock’n’roll. With the band’s electric and acoustic guitars, rhythm section and primo vocal savvy, its EP “5 Tunes” includes covers from the likes of Randy Newman, John Hiatt and Elton John. But it’s their cover of Three Dog Night’s consummate 1970 No. 1 hit “Mama Told Me Not To Come” that truly defines Five Townz’ magical moxie. The group reinvents the track with a chug-along, grunge-packed rendition that feels like a garden party, complete with a well-tapped keg. These boys obviously know how to have a good time. And listeners will also tap toes, jiggle knees and sing in unison to a damn fine time. Bravo, indeed."

-Chuck Taylor is an award-winning Arts & Entertainment journalist, whose credentials over the past 25+ years include more than a decade as Senior Writer, Editor & Single Reviews Editor with Billboard magazine in New York.

“Mama Told Me Not To Come” Reimagined By Funky Indie Act Five Townz

Independent rock/soul band Five Townz recently released a high quality version of the classic “Mama Told Me Not To Come” by classic rockers Three Dog Night. The vocals are raspy and loose from the get go on the verses, as if Kid Rock and Pitbull wrote a track together. The chorus is really where the range and versatility shine through, and you can tell right away that Five Townz would be an energized party band. The production is stellar and the harmonies really shine, especially during the fantastic outro when things get more soulful. Three Dog Night are not the easiest band to cover, but Five Townz do it flawlessly; the guitars are funky and tight and the musicianship seems more than up to snuff.

Though it’s currently a challenge finding much information on this new act, let’s hope they provide their listeners with more ways of finding them and hearing their music shortly. For the moment, you can hear “Mama Told Me Not To Come” at Five Townz’s Jango page, where they appear to be doing quite well. Alternatively you can visit the band’s Myspace page. "

-review by James Moore for Independent Music Promotions

(James Moore is a Canadian music promoter and author of the bestselling independent musician's resource guide "Your Band Is A Virus! Behind-the-Scenes & Viral Marketing for the Independent Musician".)
Copyright © 2013 - Independent Music Promotions. All rights reserved.

Five Townz - Mama Told Me Not To Come track review
The track "Mama Told Me Not To Come" summons a tasteful narrative coalition of Timothy Leary-era soft rock psychedelia and golden era Beatles, although I can image that there are sentient beings AND Beatles aficionados fervent enough to question the implication that the Beatles had anything else than a prolonged golden era. Not too hard to have JUST that when you and Ringo are on so much LSD that you need to maneuver him off the ceiling using butterfly catchers. Five Townz's music is re-invigorated retroid viscera, realized with particularly efficient vocal performances and highly tolerable glam rock affectations. They never go "Elton, you are embarrASSing yourself", while the lead singer is capable to belt out so convincing and powerful - well - melodic jells that enjoy instant approval from mid range master shouters like "teh" Butch Balich or the Peter Steele. '70s playful psychedelic viscera, realized with recent production standards. An immediate recommendation for your listening pleasure. Check out the band at their official Facebook here.
-Posted by GyZ at Bandcamp.
Review from Noise Shaft "all songs are awesome"

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CUSTOMER REVIEWS FROM AMAZON USA

* * * * * Yet another GREAT HIT from Five Townz!,
By T. Manley "-Tyler" (New Jersey)
I am totally hooked on Five Townz cover of "Mama Told Me Not to Come!" Five Townz is doing really incredible things in their genre and I have yet to hear a song of theirs that I don't like immediately or that doesn't grow on me after listening just a few times. In my opinion, it's so tough to do a cover of any popular song that even comes close to being as good or better than the original hit- however, Five Townz version of Mama Told Me Not to Come is definitely, for me, just as good as the original song. These guys are doing great things in with rock music that I think will have a very positive impact. They have a great sound, great vocals, and for the most part their songs are upbeat, positive and make me want to jam out & dance! Definitely worth checking these guys out!

* * * * * Rock on Five Townz!!!,,
By Doug
I am a huge fan of this Five Townz song and think they offer a music style all ages can appreciate. I'd like to toss out a quick comment here on another review "New Twist on Old Classic Rock Tune, August 9, 2011".Yep! I am one of those Jango Radio listeners who first heard this song streaming alongside major label artists. As I wrote in my review for their song Shambala, I also read some of the research from SoundOut in the United Kingdom where Five Townz music appealed to 95% of all female listeners in all age groups. Over 80% of all males agreed (I personally agree!!).

My girlfriend saw something posted that over 87% of female listeners in our age group (18-24) liked Five Townz music and though I'm not certain of the male statistics, I can safely say that I'm sure it's relatively close. This band is good! No doubt about it. They know how to write original music, but can also add their own rendition so classics such as this. I was never honestly a fan of the original song and thought that Five Townz really did it justice by bringing in a very catching tune and great vocals. It's a song you can jam to in the car, or dance to in your socks and underpants at home (oops, did I type that aloud? Ha!) Overall it's amazing what they've done with this song and I can hardly call it a "cover" when there are soo many unique aspects and their own personal vibe to it. It has a totally different feel which anyone of any age can enjoy.

* * * * * Ditto to all the Reviews Above!,
By Candacep
I could not agree more with what everyone else says and thinks about Five Townz. They are definitely one of those bands that "has it." Whether they recreate and revamp popular hits from the past or if they had their own original songs I know I would love every single song! They have a unique sound that sets them apart and I love the vibe and upbeat, positive tone of their songs. Definitely love listening to all their currently released songs/tracks and absolutely look forward to hearing more new stuff from them soon!

* * * * * New Twist on Old Classic Rock Tune,
By Mountain Weekly News
I recently came across a new band taking a unique twist on one of my favorite classic rock songs, Mama Told Me Not To Come by Three Dog Night. The band Five Townz has created a unique sound that resembles country songwriter Kid Rock meets the hard rocking sound of the Allman Brothers. Five Townz feels like an Irish folk rock party that is sure to keep you smiling and your feet moving well into the night.

With 4 strong singles to choose from including Lady Samantha, Shambala, Black and White and Mamma Told Me Not To Come. Five Townz is a new up and coming band that you must check out. 86% of Jango Radio listeners liked Five Townz how about you?

* * * * * So Amazing!,
By Marie
When it comes down to music bands, they either have it, or they just don't. Five Townz certainly has it. I really enjoyed. This song is more than amazing!

* * * * * This band rocks!,
By Aubrey
Five Townz is such a great band that the world just has to know. They have done some amazing covers that would knock your socks off! I got this song along with their other song Lady Samantha - Single I'm sure that you will not be disappointed if you buy this song.

* * * * * Should be in every household!,
By LVine
This group has hit a nitch market that is exploding! For such a long time haters of rock and rap have been so for the message portrayed to people. The alternative is religious boring dribble that lacks the fun that comes from true rock music. These guys got it right! Great to listen to over and over and fills even the subconscious with positive thoughts. This group has taken songs, redone them in such a professional manor that they appeal to even the most diehard rock fans. This music should be in every teenager's MP3. Way to listen to great music and fantastic message. Highly recommend it to everyone.

* * * * * totally new,
By Cris
These guys make this song brand new and brings it into a whole new genre, which they fill quite well with their other songs like Shambala. Another 5 Starz for 5 Townz.

* * * * * Incredible,
By Giulio C.
One of the greatest cover i ever seen, i love the voice of the singer and the guitars are perfect in following his lead. Great song and great band!! love it!

* * * * High Quality Cover,
By Rock Critic Chic
5fve Townz have successfully created an infectious new version of an old favorite.
With tasteful instrumentation and exciting vocals, this high energy rocker is exhilarating!

* * * * * 5fve Townz Rocks It!,
By Music Guru
5fve Townz version of this classic song is both inventive and fun.
Listening to these guys re-create this Three Dog Night track makes me definitely want to hear more.
With dynamic nuances of 80's rock vocalists who meet modern guitar driven pop stars, you can't go wrong with "Mamma Told Me Not To Come". A definite must for an upbeat party playlist!

(source: © 1996-2014,, Inc. or its affiliates.


* * * * * Is it possible, better than Tom Jones/Stereophonics,
By Nick Lange
While this track is similar to the Tom Jones (with the Stereophonics) version, it is also unmistakably different; and I'm not just talking about the speed.
The lyrics somehow make more sense in the Five Townz voice. I guess Tom Jones is just to Welsh to make it believable.

After hearing Black and White for the first time today, I can online and wrote a review. Since then I've listened to the singles Five Townz have available on Amazon and I can't wait to hear more.
They've just got this happy Rock edge that you don't hear enough of anymore today.
Nowadays it's all about doom and gloom when it comes to music, when everyone knows it's the songs that lift you up that live on forever.
I wouldn't be surprised to hear Five Townz on the radio (or its futuristic equivalent) years from now.

* * * * * A really good cover of a classic,
By K. Barr "pocket_saviour" (Derby, UK)
This is a really fresh and interesting take on a classic old rocker. Rather than trying to slavishly follow the original track or one of the well-known cover versions, 5ive Townz have given it a really unique and up to date feel with a mix of semi-spoken lyrics and good old fashioned wailing (as we used to say back in the day!)
I think this is fast becoming a favourite version of the tune. Highly recommended!

* * * * * Mom would be proud of this one!,
By Gadget Lover "Great" (TX)
About Five Townz' well-done homage to this well-known classic rock favourite, another Amazon reviewer ("Sarah") articulated my sentiments "this is the best so far." I am in a bit of quandary because many of the comments I intended to share with the Amazon community have already been done so eloquently here by the other reviewer. Suffice to say, "Sarah" needs one minor correction that "Three Dog Night first recorded it." Rather than reviewing this version any further, I decided to use the song's origin angle as the basis for my commentary here about the composition overall.

The Three Dog Night group was NOT the first to record the song. They were the 3rd, at the very least that I can tell from the research. Being somewhat of a music aficionado and aspiring music historian myself, I am happy to share such historical tidbits with you all. Fans don't realise that Three Dog Night's recording was also a cover version, as were all of their hits from the 60s and 70s.

I learned from a social networking site that Five Townz publicly cited earlier renditions recorded years before Three Dog Night. They credit the songwriter Randy Newman ("Short People" and "I Love LA.") for writing and recording it first as a demo in the 1960s. They also cite The Animals ("The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood") who released Mama Told Me Not to Come first commercially here in the UK. Male vocalist PJ Proby ("Hold Me" and "Together") also did it, which was released by EMI Records on the Liberty label in 1967. I didn't know any of that before and am glad Five Townz is respectable enough to give credit where credit is due because many performers don't publicly do acknowledge prior performers. In turn, I give them credit for doing so instead of passing it off as my own knowledge. LOL.

Here on the British charts, Three Dog Night's version of Mama Told Me Not to Come was most successful. It went to number 3 on the British Singles chart in 1970. Three decades later, Tom Jones and the Stereophonics cut the tune, which also charted here in the UK. There were other renditions before and afterward that were not as successful. This one by Five Townz is making waves and getting rave reviews.
Alas, neither the song nor the artist has achieved the status of Three Dog Night's or the Tom Jones version because it appears they have not yet made the leap from internet radio to mainstream contemporary hit radio, at least not yet here in my neck of the woods. I have heard this Five Townz version on MySpace, Jango Radio, and Last FM. Their spin Mama Told Me Not to Come is ear candy from the first note to the last! Just listen and judge for yourself! The Amazon promotional clip is too brief to do it full justice. You need to hear it from start to finish because it has an introduction and ending instead of a fade-out. This retro but modernised track is one you will want to store on your iPod, Mp3 player, or whatever device you're listening on these days. Most definitely, I liked and recommend this product to you and sincerely give it a proud and enthusiastic 5 star rating.

* * * * * Love this song! Better than 3 Dog Night!!!
By Sarah Smart
I have ALWAYS liked this song since Three Dog Night first recorded it (I think they were the first), and then Tom Jones and the Stereophonics in the early 2000's. But Five Townz knocks it home with an upbeat, energetic version that is the best so far. Perhaps it is just the modern equipment versus what they had when 3 Dog first recorded it but the words are clear and the music is fresh - even though it's a tune we have known now for decades. HIGHLY recommended.

* * * * * This is great!
By Jennifer Lee
This is one of my top 10 all-time favorite classic rock songs- Mama Told Me Not To Come by Three Dog Night. This band Five Townz has created an awesome version that I don't even want to admit, but I like it better than the original! My new Favorite Band : ) – Jen

(source: © 1996-2014,, Inc. or its affiliates.

From Amazon France

* * * * * Belle instrumentation et voix intéressante .
Par Philou49
Voilà une reprise très intéressante de la chanson des années 1970 "Mama Told Me Not To Come" des "Three Dog Night". Instrumentation de bon goût et voix intéressante donnent à cette nouvelle version un ton moderne qui vous plaira surement autant qu'à moi.
(source: © 1996-2014,, Inc. or its affiliates.

ITUNES Ratings and Reviews
From USA

A great addition to the Alt-Rock scene. * * * * *
by Mmerwin2
Mama Told Me Not to Come is an interesting alt-rock song incorporating an eclectic bunch of background licks that make the song have that extra bit of difference that really makes a song pop. The vocal track is more of a spoken story, which really appealed to my tastes. The guitar solo around 1:20 shows a great technical skill by the artist. I look forward to listening to more like it. This song is an excellent addition to anyone’s library.

Must Buy! * * * * *
by Art Jackson
This is the second song I've heard by these guys and they did not disappoint one bit...Mama Told Me Not to Come is on my top playlist. Incredible job you guys. Keep up the great work!

Creatively Contagious * * * * *
by boss lady music
Love this version of the original "Three Dog Night" song~
The vocals are astoundingly clear and raspy in a sexy way that brings justice to this well produced rocker!
5fve Townz have brought their cool new sound into the classic cover ring and come out fighting strong.
Keep going boyz!!

Brilliant artist * * * * *
by Edward Bowden
These guys have wonderful voices and this song is just incredible. It is hard to explain why it is so good. I listen to these guys so many times a day and I really hope they release a full album soon. They are going to be big so start listening now.

From iTunes Great Britain

Brilliant * * * * *
by beatleshelp1
These guys have wonderful voices and this song is just incredible. It is hard to explain why it is so good. I listen to these guys so many times a day and I really hope they release a full album soon. They are going to be big so start listening now.

Nice one! * * * * *
by Chilled35
As covers go, this one exceeds my expectations, by miles! I'd go and say it's better than the original indeed…vocals clean, crisp, harmonies great, backing vocals ace too! One to watch out for certainly :)

What a cover! * * * * *
by Nuttynud
Quite weird listening to this track because if you didn't realise it was a cover, you'd think Five Townz actually wrote the song themselves! It's just insane! Better than the original? Hell yes! Awesome stuff!

From iTunes Australia

Rock Anthem of the Decade! * * * * *
by Monfrique
Me and my friends absolutely cannot get enough of this song! Every time it comes on we break into an anthem and we can't wipe the smiles of our faces! Believe me - this song grows on you! Love it! Keep it up Five Townz.

Perfect. * * * * *
by George Kostopoulos
Here’s an interesting take on old tune from America, which I heard a commercial for as being done by an artist referred to as Five Townz. Not sure where these blokes are from because they sound like a typical American rock and roll outfit, but there is a party scene in the song that sounds British. They sound like they are all just having a grand ole time ball at a wild party. Five Townz has a way of making you feel like you too are there. Just for comparison, I listened to the original by Three Dog Night and like this one by Five Townz better because it seems more original which is why I rate it 5 stars

From iTunes Canada

Really nice remake! * * * * *
by Media4Skills
This is a really nice remake of the original Paul [Randy] Newman's Mama Told Me Not to Come. I like the bigger sound and the voice of the lead singer - definitely sounds like a good way to have fun!

(Source: Copyright © 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.)
• “kwl ” (davids.aaliyah, Cape Town, South Africa © 2007-2012 Jango)

• “ I like the funked up version of the song” (gregontong, Cape Town, South Africa © 2007-2012 Jango)

• “Pop band, Fivetownz has recorded a really nice remake…added a more modern sound and the voice of the lead singer is pronounced. The familiarity of this new song should get good exposure for the Fivetownz band.” – (Drake & New Music from Toronto to the World!)


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Penny Stock

Mama's gonna love this song
The other day I heard Three Dog Night's original Momma in theatrical trailer for a new Disney flick (Mars Needs Moms) just released. Disney execs probably did know about it because Five Townz is still under the radar. Since the film is animated and 5ive T's modernization probably appeals more to younger viewers than TDN's, perhaps this one would have been a much better fit. They are both excellent versions, but I especially like the guitars better in 5ive Townz, it clearly speaks to my heart, perfect gift for your kids as well.

Anton Nymus

Beeindruckende Stimme.
Ich hab das Lied zum ersten mal bei einem Freund gehört und mir ist sofort die Stimme des Leadsängers aufgefallen. Sie wirkt irgendwie melodisch ohne weiblich zu klingen. Dazu noch die Leadgitarre, die dem GEsang perfekt folgt.
Das alles, gemischt mit den Off Beat Rhythmen im Hintergrund ergeben einen ungewöhnlichen Mix.Ich erwarte sehnsüchtig das Album. :)


Fun song, get it now
This is a song that tells a fun story. Its good to listen to this when you are not being distracted so you can really enjoy it. The attention to detail make this one of the best songs I've listened to. In my opinion these guys are much better than other artists in this genre, but that's just my opinion. Make some time, listen, and enjoy these guys. This is a fun piece of music that I find myself cruising in my car with.