The Faces – Hurtwood Polo Club

It took a while for it to happen. But it did
Hurtwood Polo Club, 05/09/2015


 

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They’ve had their knockers. And it would be all too easy to poke fun at this day. Certainly, finding oneself wandering the fields of a Polo club surrounded by an assortment of Clarksons, Partridges, Patsies, Edinas, Fred Perry-adorned Phil Mitchells and people you largely suspect of possessing somewhat anathematic opinions makes for an experience bordering on the surreal. Likewise, the numerous mingling Rod-a-likes, lending the uncanny air of attending some diabolical theme park (“Jurassic”, of course), one of whom is glimpsed taking a call on his mobile phone through the mesh partitioning the VIP enclosure from we mere mortals, his barnet, tangerine complexion, tasteless attire and general demeanour momentarily convincing, but later sighted sans-mirrored sunglasses with a look of shame written on his mug akin to that of being caught in flagrante in the midst of inopportune climatic conditions.

Meanwhile, Chris Jagger is on stage, all purple lamé and Stringfellow mullet; Mollie Marriott sings her old dad’s ‘Aftergow (Of Your Love)’, having inherited his chin, if not quite his pipes; the house band for the occasion are led by Jim Cregan of Blossom Toes fame, brow perpetually furrowed as he studiously regards the music stand before him, clearly enjoying himself more than at any other time since his Katie Melua heyday as he takes his celebrated lead on Steve Harley’s ‘Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)’; Paul Carrack sashays across the length of the stage to a large table upon which an exceedingly refreshed Annie Nightingale is setting up decks, where he mimes a “scratching” motion and is rewarded with the kind of steely glare that got King Polydectes permanently stoned. This Havershamesque apparition’s choice selection of MP3s burned to compact disc includes gun-jumping “spins” of ‘Cindy Incidentally’, ‘Had Me A Real Good Time’ plus ‘Rocks’ by Primal Scream, the latter rendered even less enjoyable than usual by devastating infrasonic frequencies which, judging by the news to the nose, may have had a distinctly “brown” resonance with some audience members. “ROD LOVES THIS!” she exclaims. Perhaps Rod has a scat fetish? Either that, or sturdy bowels for a man of his vintage. Read more The Faces – Hurtwood Polo Club

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Shindig! 50th Issue, Party & Podcast

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Shindig! 50th Birthday Issue

It’s a big one for anyone; us particularly, considering what 2015 threw up. And here we are, alive and kicking at 50. The issue hits the shops on September 10th (when we will also unleash our Podcast with interviews and chat with TEMPLES, GHOSTBOX and WHITE FENCE recorded at Green Man). On October 8th we’ll have a fabulous party at Rough Trade East in London’s hip East End with THE PRETTY THINGS (sign up here).

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Please enjoy our video preview of issue #50

starring…

THE FACES
Flying: The First Steps of a ’70s rock institution

JOHN RENBOURN
The master guitarist in his own words

DAN PENN & SPOONER OLDHAM
Legendary southern soul songwriters

AUDIENCE
London art-rock favourites

ARTHUR BROWN
The God Of Hellfire reflects on 50 years of music

NICOLAS GODIN
Air man in fab Bach Off

DIANE COFFEE
Foxygen drummer’s second solo album

ROBERTA FLACK
The First time

THE OPTIC NERVE
New York folk-rock

GRAVEYARD
Sweden’s award winning rockers

SIMON LOVE
Potty mouthed brilliance



and much, much more!

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Win a Ronnie Lane Slim Chance T Shirt

The kind folk at Toe Rag T Shirts have given us one Ronnie Lane Slim Chance in honour of issue #50 featuring The Faces on the cover. To win please answer this question: “What should have been the second hit for Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance but wasn’t due to a BBC cameraman strike hampering the band’s Top Of The Pops appearance?”


Please email win@shindig-magazine.com with “Ronnie Lane” in the title and state whether you would like a small, medium or large T-shirt. Closing date is October 1st.11052036_10152986548111962_5807431856007403790_n

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The Faces “1970” – Cover Stars of Issue #50

We just love The Faces, and we know you do too. They really were the most relaxed, yet feral, band of their era. Mark Raison and Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills met Kenney Jones two weeks back (for the now written) cover story that charts the band’s formation and rapid rise.

Enjoy a live ’70 show recorded at The Marquee and a cool early interview with the band below, alongside information on the forthcoming boxset.


 

FACES: YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE, SING OR ANYTHING (1970-1975)

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With A Bonus Disc Of Rarities 

Limited Edition Vinyl Version Boasts Remastered Sound Cut From The Original Analog Masters And Packaging That Meticulously Recreates The Original Albums Read more The Faces “1970” – Cover Stars of Issue #50

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