Ooh La La (Faces song)
|"Ooh La La"|
|Song by Faces from the album 'Ooh La La'|
|Recorded||September 1972-January 1973|
|Genre||Folk rock, country rock, blues|
|Writer||R. Lane/R. Wood|
The lead vocals were provided by Wood, a rarity in the band's catalog, as most lead vocals were by Rod Stewart or less often by Ronnie Lane. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards, although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. Their producer suggested Wood give it a try, and that was the version that was used for the track which appeared on the record.
The lyrics describe a dialogue between a grandfather and grandson, with the elder man warning the younger about the perils of relationships with women: "Poor old granddad, I laughed at all his words / I thought he was a bitter man; he spoke of women's ways." The chorus laments, "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger."
The song was covered by Counting Crows as a B-side for their 2003 single "If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)" and re-released on their 2012 studio-album "Underwater Sunshine".
In late 2012, punk rocker Tim Armstrong, best known as frontman of Rancid, recorded a ska-flavored cover of the song under the moniker 'Tim Timebomb and Friends.' Included in the recording, and featured in the video to follow, were drummer Travis Barker of Blink-182, bassist J Bonner, and keyboardist Kevin Bivona of The Transplants.
In popular culture
It was also featured in the 2004 movie Without a Paddle.
- Kellman, Andy. Ooh La La (Faces song) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- Sterling, Scott. "Rancid’s Tim Armstrong Releases New ‘Tim Timebomb’ Video Featuring Travis Barker". KROQ. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Manchester Orchestra covers Faces". Retrieved 3 July 2013.
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