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A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse – Faces – Music Monday #2

December 1, 2014

Hey!

Welcome to post #2 of Music Mondays! If you don’t know what Music Mondays is then please click here to read my introductory post! And if you’ve not yet read #1 then please click here to read it!

I picked a reference from my box and today I got F1.. but sorry to disappoint you it’s nothing to do with Formula 1..

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The record is Faces – ‘A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse.’ This is actually one of my favourite Faces albums, in fact I think if record players could talk mine would be screaming NOT AGAIN when I put this on..

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Let’s explore.

So Faces is a blues rock band that was formed in 1969 in London England by former members of the band Small Faces Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan, as well as Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. The band is still around to this day although the line up has changed a bit since the originals split in ’75 and members of the band now include: Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Glen Mallock and Mick Hucknall.. yes THE Mick Hucknall.. it confused me at first too.

I want to tell you more about Faces but honestly I’d be here all day given the amazing careers that everybody has gone on to have away from Faces! You’ve all heard of Rod Stewart who has had an incredibly successful solo career to say the least, Ronnie Wood has had great success in The Rolling Stones, Kenney Jones joined The Who when Keith Moon died in 1978, Ian McLagan has done numerous collaborations with The Rolling Stones and also has his own band that still tours to this day, Ronnie Lane went on to have his own solo career and also worked with various other bands but sadly died in 1997 aged 51 after a 21 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

I know this sounds like a cop out but here’s a link to Faces wikipedia page, I implore you all to read up on the band because personally I think it’s a really interesting read there’s just too much for me to even begin telling you in this blog post.

The original and in my opinion best line up are the ones that made the album ‘A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse which is the album that we’re looking at today it was released in 1972 now without further rambling lets take a look at the track list!

Side 1:

  • Miss Judy’s Farm (Wood/Stewart)

  • You’re So Rude (McLagan/Lane)

  • Love Lived Here (Wood/Stewart/Lane)

  • Last Orders Please (Lane)

  • Stay With Me (Wood/Stewart)

Side 2:

  • Debris (Lane)

  • Memphis (Chuck Berry)

  • Too Bad (Wood/Stewart)

  • That’s All You Need (Wood/Stewart)

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As you can see there’s only one cover on this album and that is Memphis which is originally a Chuck Berry song, personally though I think the song really suits Rod’s vocals so I love this cover!

My favourite tracks on this album are:

  • Miss Judy’s Farm – Oh god this is such a sexy song, that guitar and Rod Stewarts voice.. ooft it’s just delicious. The story in the lyrics is a bit of a strange one but it works. The combination of Rod Stewart’s vocals and that guitar.. Ah it’s so.. oh go and listen to it you’ll know what I mean.

  • That’s All You Need – I love the story in the lyrics and again Rod’s vocals and that guitar again.. I wish I had something more constructive or informative to say on why I love this song but I really am just a sucker for Rod’s voice and the way that guitar sounds..

  • Stay With Me – Here’s a surprise I picked another one that Rod did vocals on.. this is such a fun song to sing along to though and I just love it.

  • You’re So Rude – Ronnie Lane’s vocals are incredible on this song, the story is actually hilarious when you really listen to the lyrics and it’s just an all round brilliant song!

There’s not a single song on this album that I don’t like but those are my favourites! Have you heard this album? What are your favourite tracks? Comment down below or tweet me @MissCharlotteEm and let me know!

One last cool thing about this album, it’s another one that I inherited from my Dad and it came with this awesome poster full of tiny pictures of the band! The poster is still in great condition and I think it’s amazing that my Dad kept it. I apologise for the light glare on the photo in the picture but it’s a massive poster it was hard to photograph it without some light glare somewhere! 

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If you haven’t heard this album but you’d like to then I’ve just looked and you can listen to it for free on Spotify and the songs are also available on YouTube.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to come back next Monday to see which album I’ll be talking about next! Or come back later on today for an additional Christmassy Music Monday post!

Charlotte xo