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

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