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Music: Faces
The Faces in 1970, From left to right: Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Mickey Mouse and Ronnie Lane.

The Faces are an English Rock & Roll group which includes members from The Jeff Beck Group and The Small Faces. Their music is often raucous and raw-sounding, and they quickly gained a reputation as rock and roll wild men. They recorded four very popular albums and released a few hit singles before splitting up in 1975, amidst accusations that Rod Stewart was keeping all of the best new material for his own solo career. Ronnie Wood later joined The Rolling Stones, while Kenney Jones teamed up with The Who after the death of Keith Moon.

Noted for their influence on Punk Rock and Britpop, the group was inactive for over thirty years in spite of several near reunions that never quite got the whole line-up back together. They finally reformed in 2009 with bassist Glen Matlock replacing the late Ronnie Lane (and Bill Wyman, who had been filling in for previous reunions) and lead vocals are now handled by Simply Red lead singer Mick Hucknall.


Principal Members (Founding members in bold, current members in italic):

  • Mick Hucknall - lead vocals (2009-Present)
  • Kenney Jones - drums, percussion (1969-1975, 1986, 1993, 2009-Present)
  • Ronnie Lane - bass, guitar, backing and lead vocals, percussion (1969-1973, 1986, died 1997)
  • Glen Matlock - bass (2010-Present)
  • Ian McLagen - piano, organ, keyboard, harmonium, vocals (1969-1975, 1986, 1993, 2009-Present)
  • Rod Stewart - lead vocals, banjo, guitar (1969-1975, 1986, 1993)
  • Ronnie Wood - guitar, vocals, harmonica, bass (1969-1976, 1986, 1993, 2009-Present)
  • Tetsu Yamauchi - bass (1973-1975)


Studio and Live Discography:

  • 1970 - First Step
  • 1971 - Long Player
  • 1971 - A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse
  • 1973 - Ooh La La
  • 1974 - Coast To Coast: Overture And Beginners


Associated Tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Seemingly a requirement for membership - this was a bunch who hurried through nationally televised live sets in order to make it to last call, after all.
    • Cannot Hold His Liquor: Tetsu Yamamuchi, clearly out of his element, repeatedly went on stage borderline catatonic during his short run with the group and needed guidance from Stewart to manage the lifestyle.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Kenney Jones.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Matlock was first turned on to music listening to the Faces and even played "Three-Button Hand Me Down" in his audition for the Sex Pistols.
  • Blues Rock
  • Boxed Set: Five Guys Walk Into A Bar..., released in 2004 and sequenced by McLagen as if it were a live set list.
  • Breakup Breakout: Rod Stewart looks like this in hindsight, though in truth his solo career was already more successful during the band's run.
  • Cover Version: A staple of their live sets, many cover songs appear on the Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... Boxed Set.
    • "Wicked Messenger" by Bob Dylan
    • "I Wish It Would Rain" by The Temptations
    • "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon
    • "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney
    • "Angel" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    • "You're My Girl (I Don't Want To Discuss It)" by Little Richard
    • "Cut Across Shorty" by Eddie Cochran
    • "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)" by Luther Ingram
    • "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James
    • "Gettin Hungry" by The Beach Boys
    • "Hi-Heel Sneakers" by Tommy Tucker and "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" by Solomon Burke, as a medley
    • "The Stealer" by Free!
    • "Love In Vain" by Robert Johnson
    • "I Feel So Good" by Big Bill Broonzy
    • "Evil" by Willie Dixon
  • Face of the Band: Rod Stewart's continued solo success made him this more and more over time, eventually leading to the disintegration of the band.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The Best Of Faces: Good Boys...When They're Asleep
  • Guttural Growler: Rod Stewart's vocal style at this time.
  • Live Album: 1974's Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners, which actually features a mixture of Faces and Rod Stewart solo material with cover songs. Surprisingly, given their live reputation, the album was a critical and commercial bomb - except in Japan. The 2004 box carries over none of the tracks and recreates most of the songs from other recordings, so it seems McLagan wasn't a fan either.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Ooh La La" is best known as the end credits theme from 1998's Rushmore.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Ronnie Lane sang lead on at least one track per album. And Ron Wood handles the vocals for "Ooh La La".
  • The "The" Title Confusion: Everyone assumes that it's "The Faces", but officially there's no "the".

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