Face Dances is the ninth album by the English rock band The Who. It was originally released in 1981 in the US on Warner Bros. Records and on Polydor Records in the UK. It was the first full new album The Who made with drummer Kenney Jones as a replacement for Keith Moon.
Although some jeered at the album, Roger Daltrey went on record saying he liked this album in a 1994 interview. Some critics, notably in the Boston Globe in a review in April 1981, said it was The Who's best album since 1973's Quadrophenia.
The album peaked at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard album charts (held off #1 in the US by AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap which was #3, REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity which was #2 and Styx's Paradise Theatre which was #1 respectively) and number 2 on the UK album charts (held off #1 in the UK by Adam & the Ants' Kings of the Wild Frontier).
The album cover features paintings of the members by many British painters, who were commissioned by Peter Blake, who had previously designed the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Artists include Tom Phillips, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, David Hockney, Clive Barker, R.B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, and Peter Blake himself.
In 1997, the album was re-released with three outtakes as well as two live tracks.
|1981||The Billboard 200||4|
|1981||"Another Tricky Day"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||6|
|1981||"Daily Records"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||36|
|1981||"Did You Steal My Money"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||38|
|1981||"Don't Let Go The Coat"||The Billboard Hot 100||84|
|1981||"How Can You Do It Alone"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||50|
|1981||"You Better You Bet"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||1|
|1981||"You Better You Bet"||The Billboard Hot 100||18|
|1981||"You"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||51|