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Talk to You

"Talk to You"
UK single B-side
Single by Small Faces
from the album Small Faces
"Here Come the Nice"
Released2 June 1967 (1967-06-02)[1]
Recorded16 January 1967[2]
StudioOlympic, London
  • Steve Marriott
  • Ronnie Lane
Small Faces singles chronology
"Talk to You"
"Itchycoo Park"

"Talk to You" is a song by English rock band Small Faces. It was recorded in 1967 and issued as the B-side of "Here Come the Nice" that peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[3][4][5]

Song profile

The song "Talk to you" is a song written and composed by the band's primary songwriters Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Initially, the track was released as the B-side of "Here Come the Nice", the band's eighth official single, and their first on Immediate, whom they signed and transferred to from previous label Decca in 1967.[6][7] However, it was not intended to be the B-Side, that instead being "Green Circles". For unknown reasons however, this was cancelled.[8]

Three weeks later, the song was issued on the group's eponymous second studio album (not to be confused with the Small Faces' debut album of the same name) on 23 June 1967.[9] Furthermore, the song was included on the group's belatedly released US album There Are But Four Small Faces on 17 March 1968.[10] It was the opening track for an Immediate Records boxset.

It is based on a distorted guitar riff played by Marriott and could be classified as hard rock; a genre the band would further experiment with during their later years, most notably on the single "Tin Soldier", and "Song of a Baker", a track from the 1968 album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake. As with many other songs by the band, it was recorded at Olympic Studios in London. The song's subject matter sounds as if it was inspired by Marriott's relationship with model, Chrissie Shrimpton.[11][12]

Yeah, "Talk to You" is a great song, they're all great songs. All those songs are great. When you've got great material, you can really play great, really do something to it. When you've got songs that are just ordinary, you've got to really search yourself to find something to do with it. It should be natural.

-- Kenney Jones, Small Faces Talk To You: The story of the Small Faces in their own words[13]

In the song, the singer wants to talk to his girl but such is her fame he can't get past the doorman outside her flat who mistakes him for a fan. Marriott created a contagious groove for these words and then inserted several shouts and chants to lend the song a distinct sexuality.[11]




  1. ^ Hewitt & Hellier 2004, p. 147.
  2. ^ Here Comes The Nice: Immediate Years box set 1967-69, liner notes, page 51
  3. ^ "FACES | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Muise (2002). Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer & Trower: their lives and music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 92. ISBN 9780634029561.
  5. ^ Neill, Andy (31 March 2011). Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before During and After. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78323-619-0.
  6. ^ "Small Faces | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Schmitt, Roland (1 August 2011). The Small Faces & Other Stories. Bobcat Books. ISBN 978-0-85712-451-7.
  8. ^ Neill, Andy (31 March 2011). Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before During and After. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78323-619-0.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Small Faces [Immediate] - Small Faces | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Here Comes The Nice: Immediate Years box set 1967-69, liner notes, page 68
  11. ^ a b Hewitt & Hellier 2004, p. 149.
  12. ^ Heatley, Michael; Hopkinson, Frank (24 November 2014). The Girl in the Song: The Real Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics. Pavilion Books. ISBN 978-1-909396-88-3.
  13. ^ " - The Story of the Small Faces in Their Own Words: The Songs". 19 October 2004. Archived from the original on 19 October 2004. Retrieved 2019.


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