Lazy Sunday (Small Faces song)

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"Lazy Sunday"
Single by Small Faces
from the album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
B-side "Rollin' Over"
Released 5 April 1968
20 March (Re-released 1976)
Format 7"
Recorded Olympic Studios, London, England November - December 1967
Genre Psychedelic pop, music hall
Length 3:06
Label Immediate
Writer(s) Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane
Producer(s) Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane
Small Faces singles chronology
"Tin Soldier"
"Lazy Sunday"
"The Universal"

"Lazy Sunday" is a song by the English band Small Faces, reaching number two on the UK singles chart in 1968 (see 1968 in music).[1] It was written by the Small Faces songwriting duo Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, and appeared on the band's 1968 concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake and preceded the album as a successful single despite being released against the band's wishes.

Song information[edit]

"Lazy Sunday" has a traditional cockney East End of London music-hall sound. The song was inspired by Marriott's feuds with his neighbours[2] 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.[3][4] In the final bridge and the last two choruses, he reverts to his usual transatlantic (singing) accent.

The backing melody quotes "Colonel Bogey March" by F. J. Ricketts and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones played on kazoo. At the end of the song the tune dissolves into birdsong.

"Lazy Sunday" appears as track six on the album, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, and is the last track on Side A of the vinyl release.

The song was featured in the 2009 British comedy film The Boat That Rocked.

Music video[edit]

The low-budget promotional video for "Lazy Sunday" was filmed at Kenney Jones' parents' home on Havering Street in Stepney,[5] east London and features his next door neighbour pretending to strangle Marriott.

Covers and inspiration[edit]

  • It inspired Blur's hit song "Parklife" in 1994, which uses the London accent of actor Phil Daniels narrating throughout the song.[6]
  • The song was later covered by the Toy Dolls as on their 1995 album Orcastrated.[7]
  • The London-based indie rock/garage revival band The Libertines covered the song in 2003 as part of the soundtrack to British film Blackball. It is also available as part of the Blackball OST album.
  • Leeds based indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs covered the song on French Radio in 2008
  • Jack Wild recorded a version of this song for his first studio album "The Jack Wild Album".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Small Faces – the Band". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Ogden's Nut Gone Flake review (BBC) accessed 05/01/08
  3. ^ Steve Marriott All Too Beautiful p.168
  4. ^ "The Small Faces – the Band". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2007. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ no citation
  7. ^ "Toy Dollz's Orcastrated profile on". 

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