The Faces were an English Rock & Roll
group which included members from The Jeff Beck Group and The Small Faces
. Their music was 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 accuastions that Rod Stewart was keeping all of the best new material for his own solo career. Ron 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
, 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
filling in for the late Ronnie Lane and lead vocals handled by Simply Red
lead singer Mick Hucknall.
- 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
- Adored by the Network: John Peel was a huge fan of the group, which led to plenty of television appearances.
- 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.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Kenney Jones.
- 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.
- Breakaway Pop Hit: "Ooh La La" became a hit more than twenty years after its release when it appeared over the credits in 1998's Rushmore.
- 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: "Wicked Messenger", "Maybe I'm Amazed" (three versions!), "Jealous Guy", "Memphis, Tennessee, and "I Feel So Good" by Big Bill Broonzy.
- 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 as well as a couple cover songs.
- 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".