JOHN ENTWISTLE - Smash Your Head Against The Wall (1971) & Whistle Rymes (1972) & Rigor Mortis Sets In (1973)
John Entwistle (1944 – 2002) was an English bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film and music producer. In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Entwistle was best known as the original bass guitarist for the English rock band the Who. He was the only member of the band to have formal musical training. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who in 1990.
Smash Your Head Against the Wall is the debut solo album by John Entwistle, the bassist for English rock band the Who. The album was released on Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US. Though the first solo album by any member of the Who, the record includes fellow Who member Keith Moon contributing to one track, as well as strong musical influences from the group's work.
Whistle Rymes is the second solo album by John Entwistle, bassist for The Who. After making a surprisingly effective debut with Smash Your Head Against the Wall]. The album, is his most successful solo output, features stellar guitar work by a then lesser known Peter Frampton (who had recently split from Humble Pie) and Jimmy McCulloch who later joined The Wings. The album title itself is a play on how his last name is often misspelled. It was the first album to feature bass synthesizer. The Album was known for having a catchy, straightforward, pop-tinged rock with dark, often bitingly sarcastic lyrics. The original 1972 UK release of this album was on Track Records and distributed by Polydor Records. The first US issue of this album was on the silver Track/Decca label. A year later it was re-issued in the US on MCA Records. Allmusic Critics said "Thinkin' It Over," is a witty, waltz-styled tune about a potential suicide having second thoughts while preparing to jump off a building, and "Who Cares?," a punchy, piano-driven rocker about a man who deals with the problems of life by refusing to take it seriously. However, Entwistle's finest achievement in this respect is "I Feel Better," a devastatingly sarcastic tune that features the singer putting down an ex-lover by listing all the things all the things he does to get back at her. Viciously witty yet full of emotion, this poison-pen gem ranks up there with Harry Nilsson's "You're Breaking My Heart".
Rigor Mortis Sets In is the third solo album by John Entwistle, who was the bassist for The Who. Distributed by Track Records, the album was named John Entwistle's Rigor Mortis Sets In in the U.S. Co-produced by Entwistle and John Alcock, it consists of three Fifties rock and roll covers, a new version of the Entwistle song "My Wife" from The Who's album Who's Next, and new tracks (only six of the ten songs were new). Rigor Mortis Sets In set in motion John Entwistle assembling his own touring unit during the increasing periods of The Who's inactivity. Rigor Mortis Sets In had a rough launch due to its title and cover art. BBC Radio refused to play the album and banned it, ironically in part due to the influence of DJ Jimmy Savile who had just suffered a death in his family. The album's U.S. debut was problematic for MCA Records (Track's new American distributor), who insisted on appending the artist's name to the title, out of concern that the album's sales would be weak without the Entwistle name in the title.
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