And wouldn’t you just love to have produced, in your entire life, 5 minutes as good as this?

Ian McLagan, the London-born keyboardist who wrote his name into rock history as a member of the Small Faces and the Faces and as a collaborator with other groups including the Rolling Stones, has died in Texas at the age of 69.

Vale.

Can’t say it’s been a wasted life if you have produced that 5 minutes, can you?

16 thoughts on “And wouldn’t you just love to have produced, in your entire life, 5 minutes as good as this?”

  1. This brings back some good memories. I’m not sure if I had a Small Faces favourite but I’ve just had a good 40 minutes on a nostalgia trip reminding myself of all their tracks. I remember I like All of Nothing at the time as well.

    As an aside, this did remind me that I think Rod Stewart’s best recoding was In a Broken Dream with Python Lee Jackson.

  2. “Also Jeremy Thorpe today, none better at backing up on the pink oboe.”

    He took the phrase ‘backing up’ a bit too literally, it appears.

    Of course had he done this today in certain parts of the USA he’d be guaranteed a victory. Or at least a show on CNN as a Piers Morgan replacement.

  3. If you’re a music fan and haven’t read Ian McLagan’s autobiography ‘All the Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock & Roll History’ (2000, revised and reprinted 2013), I recommend it highly – a terrific book.

  4. RIP Ian McLagan, you helped to produce some of the best rock music of all time. The Faces were sensational, absolutely brilliant live, rock music pure and fun. Ronnie Wood has to feel good, a member of the two greatest rock bands ever.

  5. So Much for Subtlety

    Custard Cream – “Also Jeremy Thorpe today, none better at backing up on the pink oboe.”

    OK, it is tasteless to comment on the dead. But I am going to anyway. He had had Parkinson’s since 1976 or so. So I am willing to bet very few people were willing to let him near their pink oboes lately.

    Which, come to think of, might explain Rinka. His hand might have trembled even then.

    Dennis The Peasant – “He took the phrase ‘backing up’ a bit too literally, it appears.”

    He always denied it.

    “Of course had he done this today in certain parts of the USA he’d be guaranteed a victory. Or at least a show on CNN as a Piers Morgan replacement.”

    I would have liked to see that actually. I feel sorry for the US when they get Piers inflicted on them. Russell Brand even more so. But everyone said Thorpe was quick witted and charming. I think he would have done well on CNN or the like.

    Although Ian McLagan raises an interesting question. He moved to Austin Texas last I heard. I mean, why? I am sure it is a nice place, but it is hard to see why a British rock star would want to live there. Come to think of it, where did the guy from Cream who didn’t die move to? Texas as well was it? Or was it Colorado?

    In my day it was usually California. What a come down for a once great state.

  6. “Although Ian McLagan raises an interesting question. He moved to Austin Texas last I heard. I mean, why? I am sure it is a nice place, but it is hard to see why a British rock star would want to live there.”

    Actually, if you had a choice between Austin and anywhere in California, you’d do well to pick Austin. Very diverse, very interesting and a great music scene. It’s also much nicer than either Dallas or Houston. Another reason turns on the fact that Texas – like Florida – does not have a state level income tax.

  7. As for California… well, LA is Detroit with palm trees and in San Fran you can’t swing a cat without hitting a homeless person trying to panhandle you. San Diego is nice if you like the beach – or sailors – but its music scene doesn’t exist.

    California is so 20 years ago.

  8. So Much: Ginger Baker is one of the two that hasn’t karked it yet – I always thought he moved to Ireland, like Noel Redding from Jimi Hendrix Experience.

    I suppose it was a pretty tasteless remark from me – Thorpe would have been brilliant on a proper talk show, as would a number of politicians of that more educated era. Powell, Healey, Grimmond, Viscount Stansgate etc. Maybe we should, in sympathy with the not-at-all OTT memorials to Phil Hughes, retire Thorpe’s (or ‘Thorpey’ as I like to think of him) shirt?

  9. So Much for Subtlety

    Dennis The Peasant – “Actually, if you had a choice between Austin and anywhere in California, you’d do well to pick Austin. Very diverse, very interesting and a great music scene.”

    I am neutral on the music scene, but “diverse” and “interesting” are reasons for me not to live somewhere. Depending on what you mean by interesting.

    Custard Cream – “Ginger Baker is one of the two that hasn’t karked it yet – I always thought he moved to Ireland, like Noel Redding from Jimi Hendrix Experience.”

    Ginger Baker has a thing for Black women and so I am not sure Ireland would suit him. He has lived in Nigeria and in South Africa. Perhaps in Zimbabwe? I am not sure. But he did live in the US for a while at least.

    “I suppose it was a pretty tasteless remark from me – ”

    My comment was about my impending comment. Not yours.

    “Thorpe would have been brilliant on a proper talk show, as would a number of politicians of that more educated era. Powell, Healey, Grimmond, Viscount Stansgate etc.”

    I think Powell would be terrible on TV, at least on a Talk Show. Could he restrain himself from telling lesser intellects (ie pretty much everyone) that they were lesser intellects? Perhaps a game show like Master Mind. But what a waste. Tony Benn should have been doing Panto all his life. A better Britain would have had less Benn and more Powell.

    “Maybe we should, in sympathy with the not-at-all OTT memorials to Phil Hughes, retire Thorpe’s (or ‘Thorpey’ as I like to think of him) shirt?”

    I would like to see a public toilet named after him. Seems appropriate somehow. Or, of course, a retired dog’s home.

  10. “Dennis The Peasant – “Actually, if you had a choice between Austin and anywhere in California, you’d do well to pick Austin. Very diverse, very interesting and a great music scene.”

    I am neutral on the music scene, but “diverse” and “interesting” are reasons for me not to live somewhere. Depending on what you mean by interesting.”

    I do not use those terms in a politically correct context. I’m a conservative who votes Republican for the most part, so when I say I despise the sort of phony ‘diversity’ embraced by the MSNBC crowd, you can believe it.

    Austin is the state capital, a college town, and a center of commerce and banking. Lots of different types of people and lots of different influences. If you want to be a C&W cowboy, you can. If you want to eat Ethiopian for lunch you can. The lefty influence is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

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