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 Mod band playing raunchy music influenced by R&B and Soul. They were the East London counterpart to West London's The Who. Indeed, if any band was ever "number two to the Who" in the Scooter-Riding Mod 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 The Who and The Kinks had.With the Concept Album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, the band introduced psychedelic elements to their music, resulting in their 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 Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart of The Jeff Beck Group to form a new combo called Faces, while Steve Marriott teamed up with future superstar Peter Frampton in Humble Pie. They did partially reunite from 1975 to 1978 (with Rick Wills of Foreigner and Jimmy McCulloch of Wings participating), though that didn't last. Somewhat ironically, considering their rivalry, Jones would become The Who's drummer after Keith Moon's death. Both groups became successful in The '70s and are now counted as important innovators in the Blues Rock 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 The Beatles and The Who, a major influence on the late seventies/early eighties Mod Revival and the Britpop genre in The '90s.
Principal Members (Founding members in bold):
- Kenney Jones - drums, percussion, vocals (1965-1969, 1975-1978)
- 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)
- Jimmy McCulloch - guitar (1977, died 1979)
- Ian McLagan - keyboard, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bass (1966-1969, 1975-1978, died 2014)
- Rick Wills - bass, vocals (1976-1978)
- Jimmy Winston - keyboard, vocals (1965)
- 1966 - Small Faces note
- 1967 - Small Faces note
- 1967 - There Are But Four Small Faces note
- 1968 - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
- 1977 - Playmates
- 1978 - 78 In The Shade
This group has examples of:
- All or Nothing: literally so: this was the title of a classic Obsession Song which was a hit in 1966 where the narrator stakes everything on one last try at getting the girl.
- Always Second Best: 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.
- Concept Album: Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.
- Genre Shift: Started off as a beat group, then switched to Psychedelic Rock at the end of the sixties.
- I Am the Band: Steve Marriott.
- The Rival: The chief rivals to the Who in the British mod scene.
- Spiritual Successor: Faces