THE SOUNDS of one of the most influential bands of the 1960s are set to rock Huntingdon Hall later this week.
The Small Faces are as much a part of the soundtrack to the decade as The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks or The Who. Hitting the charts as teenage mods with their very first disc, Whatcha Gonna Do About It, the four diminutive Cockneys went on to release numerous timeless classics including, Sha-La-La-La-Lee, Here Come The Nice, Itchycoo Park and Lazy Sunday.
The Small Faces split in 1969 but interest in The Small Faces never went away, and was re-ignited by Jam frontman Paul Weller’s fascination with them in the late 70s, and again in the 90s by Britpop bands like Blur, Oasis and Primal Scream name checking them in interviews as a massive influence.
More recently, bands like The Arctic Monkeys and The Kaiser Chiefs have declared themselves to be huge fans too.
But while fans of other great 60’s bands had tributes to their heroes to see, to recreate the original live experience, The Small Faces were unrepresented.
Until 2007 that is, when they got their very own tribute at long last – The Small Fakers. The Small Fakers were officially launched on a chilly night in February 2007 at a central London shindig attended by fans and associates of the East End’s very own fab four.
Cut to the end of the night – the band had ripped through twenty classic tracks, from Whatcha Gonna Do About It to Tin Soldier with effortless style and swagger, and delivered the goods.
Four years on, and The Small Fakers are established in the Premiership of tribute acts.
They have built a terrific international reputation for themselves as the only Small Faces tribute band in the world, and have played to sell-out audiences in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland, and all over the UK.
Tickets for the show, which takes place at 8pm on Thursday (November 7), cost £13 and are available from the box office on 01905 611427. For more information log onto www.huntingdonhall.co.uk.