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I used to get a ride to school from a kid down the street during my freshman year in high school. This kid was a big fan of top 40 radio. I was just the passenger - pay my $10 a week in gas money and try to be up on time. I can appreciate and enjoy pop craft for what it is: ear candy. That school year, I heard Sheila E’s “Glamorous Life” a lot, and the other song I remember is Rod Stewart’s “Some Guys Have All the Luck”. For a guy who dates supermodels half his age, that may be the case. For a kid stuck in a car pool having to hear that song multiple times every single day, not so much. One day, I told the driver, “So, you like Rod Stewart? You know, he used to be in a really great band before he went solo.” “Oh,” was the response I got. And then he turned up the Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam that had come up next on the radio.
The Faces were a boozy bluesy rock band that rose out of the ashes of the Small Faces in 1970’s England. They personify the spirit of the rock and roll band, and this weekend they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This clip proves why -
Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones. In their words, “Five guys who enjoyed a drink... or two or three.” They put out four awesome studio albums in the early 70’s, and called it quits after Rod’s solo career and persona was taking off and overshadowing the whole band. (Oh, and Ronnie Wood went on to join a little band called the Rolling Stones that you might have heard of.) They looked even better than they sounded, which is saying something. They were the good time boys, and I defy you to find a picture of the band where one or all of them is not grinning it up. The Black Crowes should probably pay them royalty money, but the Faces would have just spent it on boas and booze. Another great part about them was that just when you needed a little break from the Rod (and everyone does every now and then), in would come Ronnie Lane to give you a tender song to make you cry in your beer. Treat yourself to some real rock and roll -
The Faces had it all. Like they say, some guys have all the luck.
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