Faces (band)

Faces (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Faces

Img_capt = Faces, left to right: Ian McLagan, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, Rod Stewart, Kenney Jones
Img_size = 250
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Origin = England
Genre = Rock, blues-rock
Years_active = 1969 — 1975
Label = Warner Bros., Mercury
Associated_acts = Small Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, The Rolling Stones, The Who
URL = [http://www.the-faces.com/ http://www.the-faces.com/]
Past_members = Rod Stewart
Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Lane
Kenney Jones
Ian McLagan
Tetsu Yamauchi

Faces (sometimes known as The Faces) were a rock band formed in 1969 by members of the Small Faces after Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie. The remaining Small Faces - Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), Ian McLagan (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums & percussion) - were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed the Faces.

The Faces released four studio albums and toured regularly through the autumn of 1975, although Stewart simultaneously pursued a solo recording career, and during the band's final year Wood also toured with The Rolling Stones, whom he later joined.cite web |last =Zentgraf |first=Nico |title=Woodworks 1957-1975 |url=http://www.nzentgraf.de/books/tcw/works1.htm|accessdate=2008-02-23 | ]


The first collaboration among the future Faces was in a formation called Quiet Melon, which also featured Art Wood and Kim Gardner; they recorded four songs and played a few shows in May 1969, during a break in Ronnie Wood's and Rod Stewart's commitments with the Jeff Beck Group.cite web |last =Perrone |first=Pierre |title=Obituary: Art Wood: Frontman of the Artwoods |publisher=The Independent |date=2006-11-06 |url= http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/art-wood-423177.html |accessdate=2008-02-27 | ] Later that summer Wood and Stewart parted ways with Beck and joined Lane, McLagan and Jones full time.

With the addition of Stewart and Wood, the "small" part of the original band name was dropped, partly because the two newcomers (at 5'8" and 5'9" respectively) were significantly taller than the three former Small Faces.cite book |last=McLagan |first=Ian |title= All the Rage (revised edition) |publisher= Pan Books |date=2000 |id=ISBN 0-330-37637-X |pages=pg. 153 |] Hoping to capitalize on the Small Faces' earlier success, record company executives wanted the band to keep their old name; however, the band objected, arguing the personnel changes resulted in a group very different from Small Faces. As a compromise, in the US their debut album was credited to Small Faces, while subsequent albums appeared under their new name. [see the notes for Faces' "The Definitive Rock Collection", Rhino Records, 2007]

The group regularly toured Britain, Europe and the United States from 1970 to 1975, and were among the top-grossing live acts in that period;citation |title=A Walk Through the Wood |last=Wall |first=Mick |magazine=Classic Rock |publisher= Future Publishing Ltd. |date=May 2007 |page= pg. 58-63 ] in 1974 their touring also encompassed Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Among their most successful songs were "Had Me a Real Good Time", their breakthrough UK hit "Stay with Me", "Cindy Incidentally" and "Pool Hall Richard". As Rod Stewart's solo career became more successful than that of the group, the band became overshadowed by their lead singer. A disillusioned Ronnie Lane left the band in 1973; one reason given later for his departure was frustration over not having more opportunities to sing lead vocals.citation |title=Five Guys Walk into a Bar... |publisher= Rhino Records |date=July 2004 |page=46 |]

Lane's role as bassist was taken over by Tetsu Yamauchi (who had replaced Andy Fraser in Free). Released at about the time Lane left, the Faces' final studio album was "Ooh La La".

A live album early the following year, "", was criticised by reviewers for being poorly recorded. They recorded a few tracks for another studio album, but had lost enthusiasm and their final release as a group was the late 1974 UK Top 20 hit "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, or Anything". In 1975 Wood began working with the Rolling Stones, which brought differences between Stewart and the others to a head, and in December the band announced that they were splitting.


All members had varied post-band careers. Wood joined The Rolling Stones as a full member; Lane formed Slim Chance and had a modest solo career that ended prematurely when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Lane also worked on an album with Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Jones joined The Who after the death of Keith Moon; Townshend also considered asking McLagan to join the Who,Fact|date=March 2008 but McLagan was touring as a Rolling Stones sideman at the time. McLagan moved to the United States, where he formed the Bump Band, with whom he continues to tour and record; he also works as a session musician.cite web |last=McLagan |first=Ian |title=Mac's Pages| url=http://www.macspages.com/ |accessdate = 2008-02-29] Stewart's solo career was extremely successful. There was also a Small Faces reunion in the late 1970s (without Ronnie Lane) that resulted in two albums; and in 1981 Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott collaborated on the album "The Legendary Majik Mijits".cite web |title=Room for Ravers: The Legendary Majik Mijits |publisher=MakingTime.co.uk |url= http://www.makingtime.co.uk/rfr/mijitscd.htm |accessdate = 2008-02-29]

The Faces reformed for the encore of Rod Stewart's Wembley Stadium concert in 1986. Ronnie Lane was on stage to sing in his wheelchair, but was unable to play bass; Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones filled in for him. The same lineup reunited once more (minus Lane) in 1993 when Rod Stewart was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Brit Awards. Ronnie Lane made his final concert appearance in 1992 at a Ronnie Wood show with Ian McLagan on keyboards; Lane died in 1997.

In 2004 a 4-disc Faces box set entitled "Five Guys Walk into a Bar..." was released by Rhino Records, featuring many of the band's most popular tracks as well as several previously unreleased songs. Drummer Kenney Jones formed the rock group The Jones Gang, together with singer Robert Hart, Patrick Walford (formerly of Bad Company) and guitarist Rick Wills (formerly of Foreigner); in 2005 their first single "Angel" reached number 1 on the US Billboard "hot singles sales" list.cite web |title = Hot Singles Sales |publisher =Billboard.com |date=2005-11-19 | url= http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=353&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Singles+Sales&ci=3062671&cdi=8487446&cid=11%2F19%2F2005 |accessdate = 2008-03-01]

During 2004 and early 2005 the surviving Faces had several near-reunions, none of which featured more than three members at the same time: In May 2004 Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood joined Ian McLagan on stage at his concert at The Mean Fiddler in London. In August 2004 Wood and McLagan joined Stewart at the Hollywood Bowl; Wood also appeared at several other of Stewart's 2004 gigs, including New York's Madison Square Garden, the Royal Albert Hall and a street performance in London for an audience of 80,000.Fact|date=March 2008 In March 2005 McLagan joined Ronnie Wood's band at a London show, which also featured Kenney Jones on drums for the final encore; and in December 2005 Wood joined Ian McLagan & the Bump Band for three numbers at a concert in Houston, Texas.cite web |last =Zentgraf |first=Nico |title=The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones 1962-2008 |url=http://www.nzentgraf.de/books/tcw/works1.htm|accessdate=2008-06-14 | ]

On 11 June 2008 Rod Stewart announced that the surviving Faces are discussing a possible reunion, envisioning making a recording and/or performing at least one or two concerts.cite web |title=It's Official: Faces Reunion |publisher=Mix 100.7 WMTX-FM |url= http://www.tampabaysmix.com/pages/nancyandchris.html?feed=278505&article=3814388 |accessdate=2008-06-14 | ]

Influence on music

Although they enjoyed modest European success compared to contemporaries such as The Who and The Rolling Stones, the Faces have had considerable influence on latter-day rock revivalists. Their good-natured, back-to-basics (and frequently liquor-laden) concerts and studio albums connect them with such bands as The Damned, as well as Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols.Fact|date=March 2008

Aside from punk rock related bands, other bands representing an assortment of genres, ranging from The Replacements and The Quireboys to The Black Crowes and, groups such as Oasis, The Charlatans, Ocean Colour Scene, Supergrass, BRMC, Primal Scream, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Jet, Whiteout and Stereophonics have all acknowledged the Faces' musical influence.Fact|date=March 2008


Studio albums:
* "First Step" (1970)
* "Long Player" (1971)
* "A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse" (1971)
* "Ooh La La" (1973)


*The Faces song "Ooh La La" was used in the ending scene of Wes Anderson's film "Rushmore" and the opening scene of "Without a Paddle" (2004). It's also been used by Mitsubishi for a commercial spot advertising the Lancer. The song has also been covered in concerts by Will Hoge and the jamgrass band Yonder Mountain String Band.
* "Ooh La La" was also used on the TV show "Blackpool".
*"Stay With Me" was used in the final scene of David Dobkin's film "Wedding Crashers", and during the end credits of the Breck Eisner film of Clive Cussler's "Sahara" (2005).
*"Bad 'n Ruin" was featured in a fifth season episode ("Marco Polo") of HBO's series "The Sopranos".
* The Faces were mentioned in the 2000 movie "Almost Famous" by Lester Bangs, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman: "I used to do speed, you know, and sometimes a little cough syrup. I'd stay up all night just writin' and writin'. I mean like 25 pages of dribble. You know, about The Faces, or Coltrane"


External links

* [http://www.the-faces.com/ Faces Official Website]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aifqxqe5ldje Faces at allmusic]

* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei-L_AuuaxI/ Video of Stay With Me]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PXMCCTMwM&mode=related&search=/ Video of I'm Losing You]

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