On Wednesdays, we’ll travel back in time to visit the good old days, before cds and digital rights acts and all of the mess that currently makes up the music business. Hair was long, tight jeans hugged butts, and people wrote letters with pens and answered phones at the end of a cord. Rock was still a kid, and the kid did plenty of experimenting as it grew up.
Playing a record was a process that involved a lot more than picking a playlist, pressing play, and kicking back for the duration. At most, you could stack about 6 albums on the spindle (SACRILEGE! That causes scratching!) and count on about 2 hours of play if the turntable didn’t malfunction or the record didn’t skip over and over again. The listener had to look through his collection, preferably stored vertically, and remove the vinyl from its cover, dust it or clean it with a Discwasher, turn on the equipment, and place the needle correctly at the first groove. See? The good old days were FUN!
You get where I’m going with this, right?
This week: Faces, that wild band of Englishmen who drank first, played later. From their last proper studio record, Ooh La La, recorded after Rod Stewart had already stepped away from the band to do his solo thing, here’s the title song, Ooh La La. Stewart had been missing during the first two weeks of the recording session for the album, and the vocal is handled quite capably by future Rolling Stone, Ron Wood. I love the chorus: I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger. Ah yes, don’t we all?