Up My Sleeve: Ooh La La
This week I’m turning it up a notch. The Faces’ “Ooh La La” is definitely a bit rougher than my last two selections. This album has it all; Rod Stewart before he turned into a ballad-singing pansy, some gritty-ass guitar work from pre-Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood, and some catchy tunes by another guy who couldn’t sing as well as Rod, but you forgive him because of his cool accent. That guy is Ronnie Lane, who gets the credit for the real gem on the record. Lane and Wood co-wrote the title track which Lane sings lead on. If you listen closely you can hear Rod Stewart playing second banana in the background. It’s always cool to hear the egotistical front man take the back seat. The most accessible songs on the record are definitely “Ooh La La” and “Cindy Incidentally”; so start there. Once you are primed explore the rest of their catalogue. In their prime the Faces brought it every bit as hard as the Stones, albeit a little more up beat and less darkly than Mick and Keith. If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the Faces.
Ooh La La