By John Curley
BBC 6 Music broadcast an interesting and comprehensive two-part documentary this past Thursday and Friday that concerned the legendary London Mod band The Small Faces. Titled All Or Nothing – The Small Faces, the documentary was comprised of two 30-minute programs and was narrated by the actor Phil Daniels. Daniels is a bit of a Mod icon himself, having portrayed the lead character, the Mod Jimmy Cooper, in Franc Roddam’s 1979 film version of The Who’s Quadrophenia.
The documentary contains snippets of songs from The Small Faces terrific catalog and features interviews with the members of the band, those around them, and musicians that were influenced by them. Among those interviewed for the program were Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan, original keyboardist Jimmy Winston, manager Don Arden, studio engineer Glyn Johns, Paul Weller, and Squeeze’s Chris Difford. Archive interviews with the deceased members of The Small Faces, guitarist/lead singer Steve Marriott and bassist Ronnie Lane, are also featured. For a Small Faces fan, the documentary is a must-listen.
To hear the documentary, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00v3qt9 and then click on the appropriate audio link. There are four days left from today (Saturday, October 2nd) to listen to Episode 1 of the documentary before it is taken down from the BBC 6 Music Web site and there are five days left from today to listen to Episode 2.
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