NoMeansNo began life in the heady punk days of the late 1970's after Rob Wright, a dishwasher at a campus cafeteria, had seen an early performance by D.O.A.
Originally a duo comprised of Rob and brother John Wright, when NoMeansNo finally decided to emerge from the subterranean, four track, den of musical self indulgence that most new bands inhabit, they realized that unlike most bands they had no guitar player. There was only one thing to do and that was to write bass and drum songs (many years before the fad). It required a new approach to the song structures as you couldn't rely on standard rock guitar riffs to impress the punters. Instead, emphasizing rolling bass lines, prominent lyrics and drumming, busy enough to fill in the gaps but still driving the beat, NMN's unique song writing took shape. The product was NMN's 1982 release, Mama. Although primitive sounding and not indicative of their guitar injected fury, this album still stands out as one of their most interesting. Dark yet inspiring lyrics and the signature dynamics, it still reaches the fever pitch energy and emotional peaks that NMN was to become known for. A band in it's infancy but what a scary little baby.
Only five hundred vinyl copies of Mama were originally printed before a few hundred more were reissued on cassette. This new version is the remastered edition which originally appeared as Wrong Records' first ever release back in the early nineties, complete with four extra tracks taken from the Betrayal, Fear, Anger, Hatred seven inch EP that was released a year or so before Mama. Both the original and remastered editions have become rarities over the course of the last ten years, a situation to be remedied by this edition of the album. Timed to coincide with the band's 25th anniversary three tours of Europe and to follow in the wake of the release of The People's Choice compilation, Mama now features the videos for "Forget Your Life" and "Rich Guns" for the first time.
Debiutancki album Nomeansno został wydany niezależnie na LP w 1982 roku. Nomeansno wydał ponownie zremasterowaną wersję albumu w 1992 roku we Wrong Records, w połączeniu z Betrayal, Fear, Anger, Hatred z 1981 roku.
Płyta odzwierciedla wczesne brzmienie zespołu - Nomeansno później rozszerzył swoje brzmienie z dodatkiem gitarzysty Andy'ego Kerra.
Mama została w dużej mierze zignorowana przez prasę muzyczną po jej pierwszym wydaniu.
Po wydaniu płyty winylowej 2013, krytyk Gregory Adams napisał, że album jest "pełen mrocznych, ale inspirujących tekstów i charakterystycznej dynamiki oraz wskazówek dotyczących emocjonalnego zagrożenia i muzycznej furii, która miała dopiero nadejść"