THE SMALL FACES remain one of Britain's most treasured and influential bands. Worshipped by legions of fans who weren't even born when they tore up the '60s in a riot of Carnaby Street clobber and drug-savvy impudence, the four London mods came to define Swinging London and, almost incidentally, left behind a string of timeless pop records and a template that scores of bands have imitated, but never bettered.
As their four studio albums finally receive the deluxe reissue treatment, Shindig! delves deep into the second half of The Small Faces' career, with the assistance of KENNEY JONES, PP ARNOLD and BILLY NICHOLLS.
First, DARAGH O'HALLORAN chronicles the move from the austerity of Decca Records to creative freedom at Immediate. Then CARL TWEED goes behind the scenes for the making of the band's 1968 opus Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake. Prepare yourselves for 14 pages in the company of The Darlings Of Whapping Wharf Launderette...
THE BEE GEES finished 1967 on a high.
They'd scored four UK hit singles including their first number one, 'Massachusetts', their international debut album Bee Gees 1st had cracked both the UK and US Top 10s and respected artists and singers were queuing up to record their songs.
The next 18 months would see their success continue to soar on an unparalleled scale before cracks inevitably began to show.
In the second part of a exclusive timeline, Bee Gees biographer ANDREW SANDOVAL opens up the diary...
Early '70s Britain was aglow with glorious singing maidens whose hearts belonged to the past but whose music sounded like the future. Some achieved success, some cult notoriety. Others, like MARIANNE SEGAL of JADE were all but forgotten until the 21st century acid-folk renaissance thrust them and their timeless album Fly On Strangewings back into the spotlight.
RICHARD ALLEN gets ready to fly
They're Irish! They have comedian buddies! Brian Wilson and Jeff Lynne are fans! Their singer and songwriter made a brilliant concept album about cricket with Neil Hannon. Their latest effort, The Olympus Sound is a delight.
Yet PUGWASH leader and fabulously funny guy, Thomas Walsh, admits, "I still live in a bedsit with nine guitars, a Dansette and a fucking mellotron."
CHRIS TWOMEY talks with the larger than life pop mastermind about heroes, villains and "giving everything up for music"
PETER CASE recalls the golden days of his garage-pop legends THE PLIMSOULS' ferocious, recently-released live shows around Huntington Beach, California.
BRIAN GREENE digs out his high-heel sneakers
Whether it's been alongside Ian Campbell or Martin Carthy, as a member of Fairport Convention or as a hugely in-demand session player, DAVE SWARBRICK has fiddled his way through five decades of cutting-edge music, defining the instrument's role in modern folk and rock. At the age of 70, he shows little sign of slowing down yet.
MICK HOUGHTON curates the Shindig! team's questions
Plus SRI LANKAN ROCK • GEORGE JACKSON • KALEIDOSCOPE • BREWER & SHIPLEY and much much more!