Whatcha Gonna Do About It

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"Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
Single by Small Faces
from the album Small Faces
B-side "What's a Matter Baby" (Joy Byers / Clyde Otis)
Released 6 August 1965
Format 7"
Recorded 1965, Pye Studios, London England
Genre Rock, rhythm and blues
Length 1:59
Label Decca (no US issue)
Writer(s) Ian Samwell (lyrics)
Steve Marriott
Ronnie Lane (melody)
Producer(s) Ian Samwell
Small Faces singles chronology
"Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
"I've Got Mine"

"Whatcha Gonna Do About It" is the debut single released by the English R&B, mod group Small Faces, released in the UK on 6 August 1965. The song peaked at number 14 in the UK Singles Chart, and stayed on chart for a total of 14 weeks.[1]

Song profile[edit]

The songwriting duo of the group Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane already had the melody for the song, the inspiration coming from Solomon Burke's hit record "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", however they had no lyrics so Don Arden quickly brought in Ian Samwell to provide the words for the song. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 27 and rose to number 14 just missing the all important Top Ten.[2]

Arden, in later years admitted to spending £12,000 chart fixing to ensure the band's debut song would be a hit.[3] In an interview Arden denied it was cheating: "I had a saying, you can't polish a turd. In other words, if the record's no good to begin with it still won't be any good after you've wasted your time and money getting it played."[4]


  • In 1965, Peter Doyle released a version.
  • The Sex Pistols recorded a cover version of "Whatcha Gonna Do About It",[5] changing the lyrics from "I want you to know that I love you baby" to "I want you to know that I hate you baby." Apart from John Lydon, the Sex Pistols were known to be fans of the Small Faces' music.[6]
  • Cock Sparrer and The Templars have also recorded versions of the song.
  • In 1981, Pretenders released a 7" Flexi-disc (006) for Flexipop magazine, manufactured by Lyntone (LYN 9650). The promotional disc features "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" on the A side and "Stop Your Sobbin'" (the Kinks) on the B side.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Steve Marriott All Too Beautiful p.99
  2. ^ Small Faces the young mods forgotten story ISBN 0-9523935-0-6 p.44
  3. ^ Chart fixing
  4. ^ Arden states chart fixing not cheating Retrieved 21/09/07
  5. ^ Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful
  6. ^ Union Square Music

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