From their beginnings as a Mod-influenced beat group through to their psychedelic pop masterpiece Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces were one of the most consistently strong English bands of the 60s. That the members never really received their critical dues and spent most of the rest of their careers receiving a pittance in royalties is nothing short of a scandal. Steve Marriott's white soul voice and his songwriting partnership with bass player Ronnie Lane provided the crucial heartbeat of the Small Faces, whose career began with a number of R&B-inspired hits that brought the group's raucous sound to the UK charts. By 1967 they had begun to experiment with psychedelic rock, culminating in the timeless hit single Itchycoo Park. A combination of all their influences came to fruition on Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, with the musical hall-inspired whimsy of Lazy Sunday rubbing shoulders with the soul pop of Afterglow (Of Your Love) and Stanley Unwin's spoken-word nonsense on the album's second side. The group broke up shortly after the album's release, with Marriott going on to form Humble Pie and the remaining members continuing as The Faces.
Followers: Ocean Colour Scene, Blur, The Jam, Oasis, Paul Weller
Influenced By: Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters...