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What'Cha Gonna Do About It / What's A Matter Baby

Release date: 6 August 1965

Decca F 12208

Highest UK chart position: 14

Written by Brian Potter and Ian Samwell.

The Small Faces made their first trip into Decca recording studios, West Hampstead, on 5-6 July 1965. They recorded both sides of the debut single What'cha Gonna Do About It and What's a Matter Baby.

The final mixes were on 12-13 July at IBC Studios in Portland Place, London. The master tape was delivered to Decca on 17 July 2015.

The Small Faces recorded the song for ABC's Thank Your Lucky Stars on 1 August with the programme transmitted on on the evening of 7 August.

This was a low profile released as Decca did not inform the music press.

Live on German TV Beat Beat Beat in 1966

Wapping Wharf

The Small Faces arrived on the pop scene with a teenage nuclear blast of energy called What'Cha Gonna Do About It at the start of August 1965. The song blatantly stole the riff from Solomon Burke's Everybody Needs Somebody To Love which hadn't long been covered by The Rolling Stones and was in fact one of their stage favourites.

What set the Small Faces disc apart was Steve Marriott's blistering vocal. He sang like his life depended on it.

The best version of Whatcha Gonna Do About It wasn't even released in the UK. A rougher take with a Pete Townshend-styled feedback intro surfaced on a French EP. Decca decided this version was too wild for the British market.

What'Cha Gonna Do About It was actually recorded several times because the first version sounded too much like Come On Children, a Small Faces original.

The flip-side was a cover of Timi Yuro's American hit What's A Matter Baby. Great haunting vocals by Steve with the rest of the band adding some very Beatle-ish backing vocals. Two versions also exist of this song.

When Decca released their Rock Roots Volume 5- The Small Faces LP in 1977, they released a maxi-single to promote the album comprising All or Nothing on the A side with What'Cha Gonna Do About It and Sha La La La Lee on the flip. Decca F13727

(Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette)

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Foreign versions of What'Cha Gonna Do About It.

Germany: Decca F25203

USA: Press 9794

What'Cha Gonna Do About It and What's A Matter Baby were coupled with Don't Stop What You're Doing and Come on Children on a French EP.

Decca 457091

EVA 705 (reissue 1991)

CD-EVA 705 (reissue 1991)

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