Lazy Sunday: SMALL FACES

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Lazy Sunday entered the Kent charts on 11 May 1968 and peaked at #5. The song was #44 on the Top 100 of 1968.

The song is on the Small Faces album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake.

Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane

Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane

Lazy Sunday has a traditional cockney East End of London music-hall sound. The song was inspired by Marriott’s feuds with his neighbours and is also noticeable for its distinct vocal changes. Marriott sings large parts of the song in a greatly exaggerated cockney accent; he did this partly due to an argument he had with the Hollies, who said that Marriott had never sung in his own accent. In the final bridge and the last two choruses, he reverts to his usual transatlantic (singing) accent.
According to Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane’s “rooty dooty di” vocal lines were an imitation of a member of the Who’s road crew; the two bands had recently toured Australia together.
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The song features various sound effects including crowd shouts, chirping birds, surf, and church bells. If you listen closely, you can hear a loo being flushed just after Marriott sings, “while you flush out the moon.”
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