Saturday, 2 May 2009

they also served (1)


The Faces - Stay With Me (live 1972)

The great Ronnie Lane on bass here, on a fantastic performance of one of my absolute favourite songs. Growing up in the 80s, it was pretty hard to take Rod Stewart seriously; or at the very least, to think of him as anything other than a mullet-ed, tartan-wearing sex-pest (see the god-awful video for Tonight's The Night - used to be on YouTube but it seems to have been taken down).

The Faces were one of the very best rock groups to have come out of the UK and Ronnie's fantastically agile bass-playing (and great songwriting) was obviously a massive part of that.

The posts labelled "They Also Served" aren't intended to be maudlin, but more of a celebration of the great 'stuff' that people with this utterly bloody rubbish illness have done. Ronnie was diagnosed with MS in the mid-70s and died of pneumonia in 1997.

Visit - Ronnie Lane (wiki)
Buy - Good Boys...When They're Asleep: The Best Of The Faces

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