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"Lazy Sunday" is a song by the English band Small Faces, which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1968.[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.

"Lazy Sunday"
Lazy Sunday.jpg
Single by Small Faces
from the album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
B-side"Rollin' Over"
Released5 April 1968
Format7-inch single
RecordedNovember–December 1967
StudioOlympic, London
GenrePsychedelic pop, music hall
LabelEMI, Immediate
Songwriter(s)Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane
Producer(s)Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane
Small Faces singles chronology
"Tin Soldier"
"Lazy Sunday"
"The Universal"


Song informationEdit

"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][1] In the final bridge and the last two choruses, he reverts to his usual transatlantic (singing) accent. John Lydon cited the Small Faces as one of his few influences as vocalist for the Sex Pistols, and evidence of Marriott's influence can be found in this song.

According to Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Lane's "rooty dooty di" vocal lines were in imitation of a member of the Who's road crew; the two bands had recently toured Australia together.[4]

The vocal backing quotes "Colonel Bogey March" by F. J. Ricketts at 51 seconds and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones at 1 minute 45 seconds. At the end of the song the tune dissolves into birdsong and church bells.

"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.[5]

Music videoEdit

The low-budget promotional video for "Lazy Sunday" was filmed at Kenney Jones' parents' home on Havering Street in Stepney,[6] east London and features his next door neighbour pretending to strangle Marriott.

Covers and inspirationEdit

  • 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.[8]
  • Jack Wild recorded a version of this song for his first studio album The Jack Wild Album.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "The Small Faces – the Band". BBC. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Music - Review of The Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ Steve Marriott. Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful... p. 168. ISBN 1-900924-44-7.
  4. ^ "The Small Faces". Rockportraits. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "The Boat That Rocked — Soundtracks (2009)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Toy Dollz* - Orcastrated (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Kaiser Chiefs - Lazy Sunday". Youtube. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2017.

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