Tox Tunes #60: Itchycoo Park (Small Faces)

July 1, 2012, 11:19 pm

This Small Faces song was released in August 1967, and reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As was the case with The Byrd’s “Eight Miles High“, “Itchycoo Park” was banned from the radio in some places because of references to drug use. Despite the band’s original denials, the lyrics explicitly describe skipping out on school and going to the local park to use psychedelics:

Tell you what I’ll do (what will you do?)
I’d like to go there now with you
You can miss out school (won’t that be cool)
Why go to learn the words of fools?
What will we do there?
We’ll get high
What will we touch there?
We’ll touch the sky
But why the tears then?
I’ll tell you why

It’s all too beautiful
It’s all too beautiful
It’s all too beautiful
It’s all too beautiful

By the way, the strange sonority in the bridge (“I feel inclined to blow my mind,/Get hung up feed the ducks with a bun” etc) was obtained by mixing two identical soundtracks together, very slightly out of phase. This process was called flanging, and was later used extensively on the Beatles’ album Revolver, especially in the song “Tomorrow Never Knows”.

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