News

Ian McLagan: “I don’t think any band’s been treated worse than the Small Faces”

Ian McLagan: “I don’t think any band’s been treated worse than the Small Faces”

The Small Faces’ surviving members, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, have taken us through the making of the group’s classic singles in the new issue of Uncut, out now.

McLagan explains that he believes the group were treated worse by the industry than any other band.

“[Manager Don] Arden never paid us,” says McLagan. “We got £20 a week and that was it. We went to Immediate and now we were on £50 a week… and that was all we got from them, too. Unbelievable.

“I don’t think any band’s been treated worse than the Small Faces. We got our very first royalty cheque from the sales of our Decca records in 1997. So Steve [Marriott, who died in 1991] never got a penny.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.

Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here.

Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook.


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...