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The Small Faces,Here Comes The Nice

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The Small Faces, Here Comes the nice

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The song "Here Come the Nice" is a psychedelic/beat song written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. For reasons unknown the single escaped censorship, despite the fact that the song makes overt drug references and mentions the taking of "speed" (an amphetamine) a popular drug in the sixties, especially with mods – 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.[1] Under the stricter Don Arden the single would never have seen the light of day, however Andrew Loog Oldham at Immediate had no problems with the song's release.

The song title has often been mis-quoted as "Here Comes the Nice" after a record sleeve misprint.

The title of the song comes from the comedian Lord Buckley monologue, 'Here Comes Da Nazz' which was popular with the group.[2]

The record is also notable for its innovative ending – instead of the customary fade out, it uses a combination of studio effects to simulate the inevitable "come-down" from the speed "high". This was created by editing two elements together – the first element was created by using the variable speed control on the master tape recorder to slow down the playback of the song's final chord, which slides down rapidly in pitch before an abrupt cut to the second element, a sequence of crashing, chaotic sounds created by striking and strumming on resonating piano strings. The mono and stereo mixes of the single differ slightly in the timing of this effect, with the 'pitch drop' effect coming in slightly earlier in the mono mix than in the stereo mix.

The single's B-side "Talk To You" is a more straightforward punchy R&B song; the song's subject matter is said to be about Marriott's romantic relationship with Chrissie, super model Jean Shrimpton's younger sister.[3]

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