Small Faces Covers N-Z
Which Small Faces songs have been covered
by which artists? Do they do them justice? I some of them but please e-mail
with any additions to this list. Thanks to The Darlings of Wapping
Wharf Launderette, Roland Schmitt of Happy Boys Happy and everybody else
who has contributed to this feature.
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
- The Jones Gang at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
- Idha Melody Inn Creation WK66191 1994 does a nice cover version (i.e.
copy of Small Faces' version of Tim Hardin"s Red Balloon
- Rick Nelson covered the song in the late 1960s.
- Jim Hynes: A great Canadian (from Montreal) pop-punk band called
The Nils did a Small Faces inspired (but a little faster and a lot
heavier) version of Tim Hardin's Red Balloon. It was recorded in a
session for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC Radio) show called
Brave New Waves in 1988 I believe. It was released on a sort of posthumous
"Best of ..." CD called Green Fields of Daylight in 1998
or so by a Montreal label called Mag Wheel Records. The band went around
playing this tune for years, including a 1988 U.S. tour opening for
England's The Godfathers. I should now, 'cause as a pal and roadie, I was
- 17 Black at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
- Brian May from Queen on his 1992 CD Back to the Light.
- At a party by Acid Jazz Records a version was played by Paul Weller,
Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones.
- Covered by Don Fardon.
- Whiteout on Long Ago and Worlds Apart.
- Sorrows as the Rolling Over EP in 1968. Reissued on the French
label EVA as Sorrows in 1984.
Sha La La La Lee
- Not written by The Small Faces but included anyway as it was written
for them. Covered by Plastic Bertrand in 1978.
- Slik, with a young Midge Ure, covered the song live in 1976.
- Also covered by The Rattles (In-Crowd), The Jades of Forthworth, both
versions being released in 1966. Also the German Blue Flames.
- Mud on 1974's Mud Rock.
- Other versions are by the German skiffle band Leinemann on the b-side
of Mama, mama, gimme medicine, the DB's Christmas Time EP
from 1985 and the Purple Helmets CD Rise Again.
- Symon & Pi apparently recorded a "dreadful" version in
the late 1960s.
- Covered in the 1960s by the Canadian group Meddy's People and
reissued on the Boulders #9 compilation.
- Covered by The Chords at the 100 Club gig in
London in August 1996.
- The Japanese mod band The Collectors recorded the song on the CD
single Rainbow Eyes With Tears.
- A British band called Writing on the Wall recorded the song for a BBC
programme in 1969. This has recently been released on a bootleg LP
compilation called Mynd the Gap.
- 1966 Italian singles by Elsa & I Beats and Scotch.
Song of a Baker
- The Screaming Trees covered the song on their seventh album, Sweet
Oblivion, in 1992. The Screaming Trees are from Ellensburg,Wa./USA
- Covered by The Texas Instruments on the 1994 album Speed of Sound
(Doctor Dream records).
- Ocean Colour Scene on the tribute album
Ago and Worlds Apart. Also on the 1997 Marchin' Already tour as
an encore. Also played as part of this tour on Radio 1 In Concert 22
February 1998. Available also on the 2010 4-CD set OCS 21.
- Paul Weller and guests played it at the Finsbury Park show, Lazy
Sunday Afternoon, in June 1996.
- The Posies on the 1993 single, The Definite Door.
- Steve Ellis at the Steve Marriott Memorial Concert in 2001 and on the
- Ocean Colour Scene at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
Sorry She's Mine
- This song (not written by the band), from the first Decca album, was
done in a style very close to the original, by The Twilights on their
debut album in 1966. The Twilights were second only to the Easybeats in
popularity in Australia at this time. The band's line-up featured Terry
Britten (future Grammy-winning composer of hits for Tina Turner, Michael
Jackson and Lenny Kravitz, among others) and Glenn Shorrock (future
vocalist for Little River Band). The Twilights performed quite a few
other Small Faces' songs in their live act, such as Lazy Sunday
and Tin Soldier. They also did some Traffic & Cream numbers
alongside their own very strong, Ango-inspired originals.
- Jimmy Winston (original Small Faces keyboard player) & the
Reflections on a single. (Available on a couple of recent Small Faces
- Played by The Blue-Beats from Copenhagen in the mid-1960s.
- Sandy Coast.
Talk to You
(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me?
- Gumball on the CD Supertasty from 1993.
- Apostolic Intervention on a 1966 Immediate single (Immediate 043).
This is available on the Best of Immediate CD
- Recorded by Paul Weller on the live video at Brixton.
- Todd Rundgren on the LP The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect.
- Other cover versions include Uriah Heep, Seven Eleven, Earthquake,
Lou Gramm of Foreigner, King Ping Meh.
- Chris Robinson, along with other members of The Black Crowes, has
done a version of Tin Soldier. It is available on CD under the
name of Foamfoot. The five minute version is an uptempo rocker. While
Chris Robinson is not quite Steve, he still sings with much soul.
- Covered by the Canadian band StreetHeart in the early 1980s and a
- Andrew McKeag notes that his band Shuggie covers Tin Soldier
and it will be available on a CD in 1998 on Cargo Records.
- The Guess Who played Tin Solider on the Canadian TV programme
Let's Go in 1968.
- The All Star Band featuring Steve Ellis at the Steve Marriott
Memorial Concert in 2001 and on the
- The Paul Weller Connexion.
- Chris Farlowe recorded Tin Soldier for a 3-CD anthology called
Rock & Roll Soldier, due in 2004. The track was recorded in 1999
at the request of Andrew Loog Oldham and Tony Calder as part of a
planned relaunch of the Immediate label. (See also All or Nothing).
- The Jones Gang with
Sam Brown at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
- Tony Jackson and the Vibrations in 1967 on an EP released in Portugal
only and re-released on LP/CD Watch Your Step.
- The Apemen from Germany on the live compilation CD Beat-o-Mania from
- The Crooks on a 1979 single.
- PP Arnold and Primal Scream on the tribute album
Ago and Worlds Apart.
- The Swedish group Tages on the 1966 album Extra Extra and on a
single from 1967.
- The Rangers on a 1967 Italian single called Non Scocciare.
What'Cha Gonna Do About It
- Raising money for good causes on the Mod Aid 20 CD single.
Check it out here
- Covered by both the Sex Pistols and the Pretenders live and on
record. The Sex Pistols version was a b-side while the Pretenders
released it as a flexi-disc with Smash Hits magazine.
- Rick Springfield used to play it live.
- Also versions by The Boots (1966) and The Litter on the LP Distortions
- The New Zealand band Tom Thumb on a 1960s b-side.
- The Evil from Florida covered this twice around 1966, once as a
garage-punk record on the Living Legend label and a cleaned-up version
- The Hitmakers from Copenhagen in 1966.
- Cock Sparrer, a "street punk" band on the Rarities
- The Swedish band Tages on the b-side of a 1965 single and on the 1968
album Forget Him.
- Evil covered the song on Capitol Records in the 1960s.
- Cilla Black on her 1965 album, Cilla.
- Did the Beatles ever do a version?
- Dennis Greaves at the Steve Marriott Memorial Concert in 2001 and on
the CD. Also
at the Small Faces Convention.
- Wild Billy Childish's first band The Pop Rivets covered it in 1979
live. It can be found on his latest release: Billy Childish - 25
Years of Being Childish - Damaged Goods CD/LP (www.damagedgoods.co.uk).
He also just released his 100th album with his latest group The Buff
- South Florida's sinister rock band band THE EVIL did an amazing version
of the song in 1967. Originally came out on the Living Legend label in
April of 1967 and then released on Capitol in October of 1967. The
Capitol version took out the best part of the song - THE FEEDBACK!!
Their version is even considered by some, BETTER than THE SMALL FACES
- The most recent version and maybe one of the most brutal ones (well I
think The POP RIVETS version is pretty rough and tough!) is by DAN
MELCHIOR'S BROKE REVUE. This version can be found on the vinyl only EP
titled "Andover, Duluth, London", released on Version City
Records. They actually have a slight connection to Billy Childish. Dan
Melchior has released a solo single on Billy's "Hangmen
Records" label. They did a blues record together called Devil In
The Flesh on Sympathy For The Record Industry. They have both recorded
with several of the same people.
- 17 Black with Dennis Greaves at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
Wham Bam Thank You Mam
- Mother Earth for the tribute album
and Worlds Apart. Available on the promo version but not on the
album. However, it does appear on their third album You Have Been
- Ocean Colour Scene at the Ronnie Lane Memorial 2004 on the
- The Swedish band Glucifer.
- Ocean Colour Scene on their live album One for the Road issued
- Steve Marriott "covered" the song, albeit with changed lyrics, on the
1976 Marriott album that followed
the demise of Humble Pie.