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Mama’s Boys were a 1980s hard rock/heavy metal group from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland featuring the three McManus brothers Pat, a.k.a. ‘The Professor”, (guitar and occasionally fiddle), John (bass and vocals), Tommy (drums). Later in their career they became a four-piece adding Keith Murrell on vocals in 1987 and replacing him with Mike Wilson in 1989.

By 1980 Mama’s Boys had a bootleg circulating and were touring extensively in Ireland. They recorded and self-financed their first album, a raw blast of rock power entitled ‘Plug It In’ in 1982. They had a hit single in Ireland with the most pop-oriented song ‘Needle In The Groove’.

The second album ‘Turn It Up’ was released in 1983. They signed a worldwide record deal with Jive Records. The first album released on Jive was a self-titled compilation of ‘Plug It In’ and ‘Turn It Up’ with a few new songs added. One of the new songs, a cover of Slade’s ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ was released as a single and reached number 54 in the American charts. Coincidentily, Quiet Riot also released their cover version of the song at the same time as Mama’s Boys but Quiet Riot’s version gained more airplay.

1985 saw the release of ‘Power And Passion’.

In 1987 vocalist Keith Murrell was brought in after John started having trouble with his vocal chords and they recorded the album “Growing Up The Hard Way”.

In 1989 with a new vocalist, Mike Wilson, and under new management they moved their base to the UK. The live album ‘Live Tonite’ was released in 1991.


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  • HughRunic

    Superbe groupe Hard 'n' Groove. Vu sur scène en 1984 en 1ére partie de Scorpions. Un super souvenir.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PonyTrekker

    1 LP 1 12" single (vinyls) and a live recording from knebworth in 1985, great band!!!! Lettin' go, needle in the groove & one last chance, great tunes!

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • silvertree

    Got 2 vinyls. The sound production is not too good I'm afraid...

    30 May 2011 Reply
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  • AryanRocks

    very good band

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • OsusieQ1

    I love Needle in the Groove. I still have this album on vinyl!!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Pellens

    For all the blues-listeners, don't confuse this band with Johnny Mastro's band The Mama's Boys... To bad that band is not known at :-( 2 bands with same name... bummer :-)

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • theneedler

    anyone have SHAKE MY BONES , mama,s boys on cd or for download

    2 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Davdo2004

    Needle in the groove,yeah,top song!Anyone on here remember the Irish Pirate Radio stations.Radio Nova,Sunshine Radio etc!That's when i first heard of these guys.Sad how it went though.

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • Mrblueyes68

    So sad there is not more Listeners & plays of this great band!

    4 May 2008 Reply

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