An easy topic to close the week, as Fridays should always be easy: bands with two words in their name, the first of which is a bold and resolute ‘The’ – as it was this week back in 1969 when The Small Faces became simply The Faces (and presumably bigger with it, which you can read both ways if you wish but my preference remains for the ‘smaller’ of the two incarnations), upon the departure of Steve Marriott and arrival of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. So, as much as I like them, The Pretty Things just won’t do today, neither will The Sex Pistols; but, on the grounds that their names are shorter and snappier, The Move and The Band are welcome and ideally are to be accompanied by a song recommendation or two.
Let’s see how many we can recall.
Here’s some prog for you to carry you through to the weekend: The Nice and their famed arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘America’… and if anyone can spot the connection(s) between The Nice and The Small Faces, I won’t award a prize but I will be suitably impressed, being an occasional sucker for random trivia.
The Nice were Keith Emerson (keyboards), Davy O’List (guitar), Lee Jackson (bass, vocals) and Brian Davison (drums) – and originally P. P. Arnold’s backing band.
Well, that’s another week gone. However you spend it, have a pleasant weekend, and if you left a message for David to mark his 65th birthday, thank you kindly for the thought.