WHAT KINDA QUESTION IS THAT? Dear GOD, it's like asking which finger I could just "do without!" SO, Dave Segal, here is my top five SIX Small Faces Songs...IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, their clutch of hits notwithstanding, natch.
1) "It's Too Late" - B side to their second UK single, "I've Got Mine", it's from 1965. "Teenage heartbreak is the WORST, so, let's bone, like, NOW!! I'm BEGGIN' you, baby, gimme a break!" YUP.
More lumps to bump, after the jump.
2) "You Need Loving" - This was the Small Faces' take on Muddy Waters "You Need Love." They turn the song into a set closing, dance party rave up AND...also, it, obvs, is the template (verbatim) for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." An LP only track, from 1966.
3) "Hey Girl" - The song is so simple and goofy, it's got a big chord opening/hook and then drops to a straight dancable oomPAH - oomPAH rhythm, topped with a sweet (ahem) virginal narrative. Fun to play on guitar also, from 1966.
4) "Grow Your Own" - A BLAZING Hammond instro, the B side of "Sha-la-la-la-lee." Issued January, 1966.
5) "Afterglow" - A HUGE love song, this was the "A" side of the last Small Faces 45, from 1969.
6) "The Autumn Stone" - Album only track, from the final Small Faces LP, 1969. The album The Autumn Stone was label boss Andrew Loog Oldham's cobbling together of Decca and Immediate label tracks with a handful of tracks recorded for the next Small Faces LP, one that was never finished as the band had split.
So, there you go, my top five SIX. Reallly tho, the Small Faces catalog is nothing but goodness, so....how 'bout a few honorary mentions: