Small Faces

Here Comes the Nice

Composed by Ronnie Lane / Steve Marriott

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1960’s Brit-Mods, The Small Faces included this druggy ditty on There Are But Four Small Faces (1968) -- the quartet’s first long player for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records label. With a dash of psychedelia and baroque rock, the band hail and laud the pusher man -- known in hip circles as “The Nice” for his chemically-fuelled mind and body altering wares. They make no pretences in their affection for the dealer, whom Steve Marriott heralds as “the man who’s gonna teach you all he can”. In fact, right out of the gate, Marriott practically deifies the Nice with the lines “Here come the nice lookin' so good/He makes me feel like no one else could/He knows what I want, he's got what I need/He's always there if I need some speed”. This fairly straight forward amphetamine anthem continues “Here come the nice lookin' so cool/Everyone knows the nice is no fool/He'll bring you up and show you around/He's always there when your feet hit the ground”, even going so far as to idolize in the chorus “I'd be just like him, if I only could”. In the context of the hippy dippy 1960s, “Here Come The Nice” can be taken at face value of innocent naivety and on that level is nothing more than a fun, mid-tempo tongue-in-cheek bit of bad boy naughtiness. However, as the ‘60s turned into the ‘70s, it became increasingly evident that the lyrics were much more insidious as an entire generation ground to a screeching halt in the wake of a multitude of drug casualties who began to drop out of society, or worse yet inadvertently kill themselves with self-medication.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Small Faces [Immediate] 1967 Castle Music Ltd. 3:02
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London [1990] 1968
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / See For Miles Records
There Are But Four Small Faces 1968 Castle Music Ltd. 3:03
The Autumn Stone 1969 Castle Music Ltd. 3:07
In Memoriam 1970 Jvc Victor
No Image 1975 Sire 3:00
The Immediate Singles Collection, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:59
Greatest Hits [Castle] 1992 Castle Music Ltd. 3:05
25 Greatest Hits 1992 Repertoire 3:00
Greatest Hits [Charly] 1993 Charly Records / Immediate
The Singles As & Bs 1994 See For Miles Records 3:02
No Image 1995 Summit/Charly 3:04
The Greatest Hits: The Immediate Years 1967-1969 1996 Castle Music Ltd. / Sanctuary
The Definitive Anthology of the Small Faces 1996 Repertoire
Greatest Hits [Repertoire] 1996 Warner Bros. / WEA/Warner
Itchycoo Park: Hits of the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 3:02
Masters 1998 Cleopatra 3:04
The Singles Collection 1999 Essential Records / Castle/Essential / Sanctuary Group 2:57
The Definitive Collection 1999 Recall (UK) 2:58
The Very Best of the Small Faces [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 2:58
The Sixties Collection [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 3:02
The Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette 2000 Sequel / Immediate/Sequel 3:02
Ultimate Collection [Charly] 2000 Import 2:11
The Immediate Singles Collection [Sequel/Castle] 2000
Various Artists
Sequel 2:58
Best of Immediate 2000 JVC Compact Discs 3:05
Nice 2001 Pilot
Woodstock Generation [Crimson] 2001
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:02
Absolutely the Best 2001 Fuel 2000 2:55
Nuggets, Vol. 2: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire & Beyond 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Immediate Hits & Mod Rarities 2002 Fruit Tree 2:59
Peace Protest: 20 Sixties Classics 2003
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:03
Ultimate Collection [Sanctuary] 2003 Sanctuary 3:03
1967: The Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:05
No Image 2003 Neon Records
Here Come the Small Faces 2004 Atom 2:56
No Image 2004 Castle Music Ltd.
The Essential Collection 2005 Metro Doubles 3:04
Mod & Beyond 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:03
The Very Best of Small Faces [Metro] 2005 Metro / Metro 3:04
This Is Mod [Castle] 2006
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Changing of the Guard: Sixties London Pop Explosion 2007
Various Artists
Él 3:02
The Immediate Recordings 2009 Weton / Weton Exclusive
Keep Calm & Head to London
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:59
No Image EMI Music Distribution
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