My iPod #485: Small Faces – HappyDaysToyTown

Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake would be the last album the English rock band Small Faces released during their original stint from 1965-1969. It utilises different styles from bass-heavy psychedelia to full-on hard rock, but it is the second half of the album that separates it from many, many other albums out there. On top of providing the listener with six unrelated, memorable songs the following six are based on a fairy-tale on a boy named Happiness Stan, who goes on a journey to find out where the other half of the moon has gone after seeing only the other half of it during the night. You think I’m making this up? It has to be heard to be believed.

“HappyDaysToyTown” concludes the story, as well as the whole album, with a good ol’ Cockney knees-up about the meaning of life. Sung by both lead singer Steve Marriott and bassist Ronnie Lane, the track teaches us that “life is just a bowl of all-bran” and to generally enjoy every moment you have in this world as best you can. Have a sing, a dance, and give a happy-days-toy-town-newspaper smile. What does that mean? It means a lot actually, despite the nonsensical phrasing.

And with that ended one of the most unusual albums to come from the 60s, as well as one of the most influential mod and psychedelic acts of the time too. They would (kinda) reform in the 70s, but no one talks about that so much. Good song.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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