[[caption-width-right:225:The classic line-up of The Small Faces, From left to right: Steve Marriott, [[Music/{{Faces}} Ronnie Lane]], [[Music/TheWho Kenney Jones]] and [[Music/{{Faces}} Ian McLagan]].]]

'''The Small Faces''' was a British mod group that started up in London back in 1965, and went on to become one of the most influential bands of the 60's. They started out as a [[Main/ScooterRidingMod Mod]] band playing raunchy music influenced by RAndB and {{Soul}}. They were the East London counterpart to West London's Music/TheWho. Indeed, if any band was ever "number two to the Who" in the ScooterRidingMod scene, it would be this one. Yet, frustratingly for them, they failed to crack the US market in the way so many of their contemporaries like Music/TheWho and Music/TheKinks had.

With the ConceptAlbum ''Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake'', the band introduced [[PsychedelicRock psychedelic]] elements to their music, resulting in their [[OneHitWonder most memorable song and biggest American hit]], "Itchycoo Park". However, their success didn't last, and the band disbanded in 1969 (after Marriott infamously quit on New Years Eve 1968), and Lane, Jones and [=McLagan=] joined up with [[Music/TheRollingStones Ronnie Wood]] and [[Music/RodStewart Rod Stewart]] of The Jeff Beck Group to form a new combo called Music/{{Faces}}, while Steve Marriott teamed up with future superstar [[Music/PeterFrampton Peter Frampton]] in Humble Pie. They did partially reunite from 1975 to 1978 (with Rick Wills of Music/{{Foreigner}} and Jimmy [=McCulloch=] of Music/{{Wings}} participating), though that didn't last. Somewhat ironically, considering their rivalry, Jones would become [[Music/TheWho The Who's]] drummer after [[AuthorExistenceFailure Keith Moon's death]]. Both groups became successful in TheSeventies and are now counted as important innovators in the BluesRock genre. [=McCulloch=] died of a heroin overdose in 1979, Marriott died in a house fire in 1991, Lane succumbed to complications from Multiple Sclerosis in 1997, and [=McLagan=] died from a massive stroke in 2014.

Like Music/TheBeatles and TheWho, a major influence on the late seventies/early eighties ModRevival and the {{Britpop}} genre in TheNineties.

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''[[Music/TheWho Kenney Jones]]''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1965-1969, 1975-1978)
* '''[[Music/{{Faces}} Ronnie Lane]]''' - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar (1965-1969, 1975, died 1997)
* '''Steve Marriott''' - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1965-1968, 1975-1978, died 1991)
* [[Music/{{Wings}} Jimmy McCulloch]] - guitar (1977, died 1979)
* [[Music/{{Faces}} Ian McLagan]] - keyboard, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bass (1966-1969, 1975-1978, died 2014)
* [[Music/{{Foreigner}} Rick Wills]] - bass, vocals (1976-1978)
* '''Jimmy Winston''' - keyboard, vocals (1965)

!!Studio Discography:

* 1966 - ''Small Faces'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the 1967 album of the same name[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Small Faces'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the 1966 album of the same name[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''There Are But Four Small Faces'' [[note]]Released in the US only as the substitute to their 1967 album ''Small Faces''. It changed the track-listing, omitted ''Something I Want To Tell You'', ''Feeling Lonely'', ''Happy Boys Happy'', ''Things Are Going To Get Better'', ''Become Like You'', ''All Our Yesterdays'' and ''Eddie's Dreaming'', and added ''Itchycoo Park'', ''I'm Only Dreaming'', ''I Feel Much Better'', ''Tin Soldier'' and ''Here Comes The Nice''[[/note]]
* 1968 - ''Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake''
* 1977 - ''Playmates''
* 1978 - ''78 In The Shade''

!!This group has examples of:

* AllOrNothing: literally so: this was the title of a classic ObsessionSong which was a hit in 1966 where the narrator stakes everything on one last try at getting the girl.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Thought of as this in relation to the Who, although their number one hit "All Or Nothing" is noteworthy for holding "Substitute" off the top spot in Britain.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake''.
* GenreShift: Started off as a beat group, then switched to PsychedelicRock at the end of the sixties.
* IAmTheBand: Steve Marriott.
* TheRival: The chief rivals to the Who in the British mod scene.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Music/{{Faces}}