Wednesday, April 23, 2014

40 Year Itch: No Use for Riches

On April 23, 1974 Ronnie Lane introduced his folk rock outfit Slim Chance to the BBC audience of "In Concert". It's an absolute delight.

Lane had founded the Small Faces and played with the Rod Stewart version as long as he could stand it. When he left The Faces, he also left all the trappings of rock n roll stardom behind. Probably because he was flat broke. Lane was living in a fortune teller's caravan next to the River Thames in Pete Townsend's garden.

Lane's new sound, with the aptly named "Slim Chance" , caught on at first. The single "How Come" peaked at #11 in the UK. Like so much of the output that follows, it promises to put you in a merry mood.

His is a discography worth investigating. Rough Mix, the 1977 album Lane did with Townsend is beyond brilliant. But don't stop there. I haven't. So I can call up a smile on my iPhone any time I want.


  1. Lynchie from AberdeenApril 23, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Just took delivery of "Ooh La La: An Island Harvest" - a double CD of Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance. There's 37 tracks and it's all smashing stuff. Music to put a smile on your face.

  2. Nice. That's where the purchase link will take you.

  3. You are indeed so precious and lovely.