Afterglow of Your Love

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"Afterglow of Your Love"
Single by Small Faces
from the album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
B-side"Wham Bam Thank You Mam"
ReleasedUK, 7 March 1969
RecordedMarch 1968, Olympic Studios London, England
Songwriter(s)Marriott, Lane
Small Faces singles chronology
"The Universal"
"Afterglow of Your Love"
"Mad John"

"Afterglow of Your Love" was released as a single in 1969 by the English rock group Small Faces. The song managed to reach No. 36 in the UK Singles Charts. The song was originally simply titled "Afterglow" on the album on which it first appeared in May 1968, Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.

In March 1969 the Small Faces officially broke up, with Steve Marriott going on to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton and Greg Ridley. Their manager and proprietor of their record label Andrew Loog Oldham quickly released "Afterglow" as an final single without the group's permission. Now called "Afterglow of Your Love", this soulful power ballad appeared in a noticeably different, slightly sped-up mix from the version that originally appeared on Ogdens, removing the song's acoustic introduction and adding a longer instrumental coda. It was coupled with a contrasting hard rock number on the B-side, which was mis-titled on both cover and label as "Wham Bam Thank You Man" (the song's actual title is "Wham Bam Thank You Mam" - or, even more correctly - "Ma'am"). To this day, some of the less well-researched Small Faces reissues still carry this incorrect title for the song. One of the final few tracks the Small Faces completed in late 1968, the hard-rocking sound of "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am" strongly indicated the musical direction Marriott would continue to pursue with Humble Pie. Several "Best of" compilations contain a different, slower version of the song. There is also a live version. Three years later, David Bowie borrowed the title of the track for a line called out at the climax of his rock high-life anthem Suffragette City.

The single reached No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The following November, Immediate released a final unauthorized album entitled The Autumn Stone. It included many of their hits, including unreleased material and three live tracks recorded at Newcastle City Hall.[2]

"Afterglow" was recorded at Olympic Studios, London.

"Wham Bam Thank You Mam" was released, under the title "Sparky Rides" or "Sparky Riders", as a Rod Stewart recording on several budget CD compilations.[3]

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Song references[]

  • "Wham Bam Thank You Mam": David Bowie, an avowed fan of the Small Faces, references the song by using the phrase in his own song, Suffragette City.

See also[]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 508. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Paolo Hewitt (1995). Small Faces: The Young Mods' Forgotten Story. Acid Jazz Books. p. 139. ISBN 978-0952393504.
  3. ^ "60er". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ "Rockportraits Sherbet". Retrieved 2 March 2016.

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