60s Psychedelic: #15 "Itchycoo Park" Small Faces (1967)

@JohnRoberts (54201)
Los Angeles, California
April 18, 2017 8:55am CST
Small Faces may be the ultimate British mod psychedelic band whose classic lineup was Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals), Ronnie Lane (bass), Kenney Jones (drums) and Ian McLaglen (keyboards). The group was short-lived breaking up when Marriott left to form Humble Pie in 1969. However, Faces was born with the additions of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. “Over bridge of sighs To rest my eyes in shades of green Under dreaming spires To Itchycoo Park, that’s where I’ve been” Written by Marriott and Lane, “Itchycoo Park” first appeared on the album “There are But Four Small Faces.” Lane was principle writer and inspiration came from a brochure extolling Oxford’s gleaming spires. Interpretation and where exactly is Itchycoo Park has long been debated and the band was always cagey about it. There really is an Itchycoo Park but Marriott said their song was about a different park in London. The song is noted for an audio effect called flanging. “Itchycoo Park” charted #3 in the UK and #16 in the US. Small Faces were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
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@FourWalls (13294)
• United States
18 Apr 17
Hopefully the "other park" wasn't MacArthur.... Great and classic song.
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@JohnRoberts (54201)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Apr 17
No MacArthur Park from either Richard Harris or Donna Summer. Maybe Paisley Park!
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• United States
22 Apr 17
@JohnRoberts It was Richard Harris.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Apr 17
Haven't heard this in years. I love 60's psychedelia. Can't wait for the rest!
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@Corbin5 (102847)
• United States
18 Apr 17
I always like this one. A happy tune to me!
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@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
21 Apr 17
I don't remember this from its first time round, but I recall it appeared again in the 70s, or it just be the clubs I went to!
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@JudyEv (121004)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 17
I don't know many of the songs put up here but I do remember this one.
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@spiderdust (5993)
• San Jose, California
18 Apr 17
Hey, I know this song! Although I never heard the original before. Blue Murder did a cover of it back in the '90s.
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• United States
18 Apr 17
I recall this tune but did not know the back ground info about it, thank you kindly for expanding my musicality !
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
18 Apr 17
I love that song! I saved for a long time to buy the 45. That surely brings back memories, I was 12-13 and just discovering contemporary music. I wanted so many records and could only afford a few but this is one of the ones I had to buy.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
18 Apr 17
Yet another song that I had never heard of. Gotta gogive it a listen now.
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