Panel from Real Funnies comic book issue #3, June 1943
Although I now own the Faces' Ooh La La album, that was not where I first heard this song. I know what you're thinking, and no, I didn't hear it for the first time in the movie Rushmore. And I somehow never heard it on classic-rock radio growing up either. My introduction to "Ooh La La" was through the band Silkworm's cover of the song from their Lifestyle album - I fell in love with the song's lackadaisical chorus hook, which worked very well as delivered by Silkworm's Andy Cohen. Ron Wood's vocal on the original is quite good as well, for the simple reason that he isn't Rod Stewart.
I'm not sure what it is that bothers me so much about Stewart's singing, but it really puts me off a lot of the other Faces' songs, leaving "Ooh La La" as my clear favorite - it probably has something to do with seeing the "Da' Ya' Think I'm Sexy" video as a child. I'm thrilled that the Small Faces/Faces are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year (although, as would be expected, I am willing to completely ignore the RaRHof if they aren't inducting a favorite of mine). I just wish they could put an asterisk next to their induction with a footnote that says, "* except for Rod Stewart - he sucks and has terrible hair."
"Ooh La La" by the Faces