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When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces in 1969, the three remaining members brought in guitarist Ron Wood and lead singer Rod Stewart to complete the lineup and changed their name to the Faces, which was only appropriate since the group now only slightly resembled the mod-pop group of the past. Instead, the Faces were a rough, sloppy rock & roll band, able to pound out a rocker like "Had Me a Real Good Time," a blues ballad like "Tell Everyone," or a folk number like "Richmond" all in one album. Stewart, already becoming a star in his own right, let himself go wild with the Faces, tearing through covers and originals with abandon. While his voice didn't have the power of Stewart, bassist Ronnie Lane's songs were equally as impressive and eclectic. Wood's rhythm guitar had a warm, fat tone that was as influential and driving as Keith Richards' style. Notorious for their hard-partying, boozy tours and ragged concerts, the Faces lived the rock & roll lifestyle to the extreme. When Stewart's solo career became more successful than the Faces, the band slowly became subservient to his personality; after their final studio album, Ooh La La, in 1973, Lane left the band. After a tour in 1974, the band called it quits. Wood joined the Rolling Stones, drummer Kenny Jones eventually became part of the Who, and keyboardist Ian McLagan became a sought-after supporting musician; Stewart became a superstar, although he never matched the simple charm of the Faces. While they were together, the Faces never sold that many records and were never considered as important as the Stones, yet their music has proven extremely influential over the years. Many punk rockers in the late '70s learned how to play their instruments by listening to Faces records; in the '80s and '90s, guitar rock bands from the Replacements to the Black Crowes took their cue from the Faces as much as the Stones. Their reckless, loose, and joyous spirit stayed alive in much of the best rock & roll of the subsequent decades. Lane was diganosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1970s but continued to work. He relocated to Austin, Texas in the 1980s and worked until the disease claimed his life in 1997. MacLagan also relocated to Austin, where he became an integral part of the city's vibrant music scene. In addition to leading his own group, the Bump Band, he collaborated with musicians--well known and obscure--in recording sessions and on the stage. He suffered a stroke on December 2, 2014, and passed away a day later. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Ooh La La
  3.   Stay With Me
  4.   Miss Judy's Farm
  5.   Pool Hall Richard
  6.   Cindy Incidentally
  7.   Glad and Sorry
  8.   Bad 'N' Ruin
  9.   Maybe I'm Amazed
  10.   Three Button Hand Me Down
  11.   Had Me a Real Good Time
  12.   Debris
  13.   Borstal Boys
  14.   Gasoline Alley
  15.   Looking Out the Window
  16.   Love in Vain
  17.   Oh Lord I'm Browned Off
  18.   You're So Rude
  19.   Flying
  20.   Stay with Me
  21.   Miss Judy's Farm
  22.   Silicone Grown
  23.   Love Lives Here
  24.   Around the Plynth
  25.   Tell Everyone
  26.   Dishevelment Blues
  27.   You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk,
  28.   Sham-Mozzal
  29.   Whole Lotta Woman
  30.   Mona: The Blues
  31.   Too Much Woman (For a Henpecked Man)
  32.   Behind The Sun
  33.   Too Bad
  34.   Memphis, Tennessee
  35.   Shake, Shudder, Shiver
  36.   As Long as You Tell Him
  37.   You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything
  38.   Open to Ideas
  39.   Too Bad
  40.   Last Orders Please
  41.   Just Another Honky
  42.   Fly in the Ointment
  43.   My Fault
  44.   Flags and Banners
  45.   I Wish It Would Rain
  46.   Jerusalem
  47.   Nobody Knows
  48.   Stone
  49.   Wicked Messenger
  50.   I Feel So Good
  51.   On the Beach
  52.   If I'm on the Late Side
  53.   Pineapple and the Monkey
  54.   Skewiff (Mind the Fuse)
  55.   Devotion
  56.   Sweet Lady Mary
  57.   That's All You Need
  58.   Richmond
  59.   Shake, Shudder
  60.   Rear Wheel Skid
  61.   Memphis

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