Smash Your Head Against the Wall

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Smash Your Head Against The Wall
Overlaid photographs of a chest X-ray and a picture of Entwistle's face wearing a death mask
Studio album by John Entwistle
Released May 1971 (1971-05)
Recorded Trident Studios, London, England, During November 1970 and January 1971
Genre Hard rock, Psychedelic Rock
Length 37:34
Language English
Label Track
Producer John Entwistle
John Entwistle chronology
Smash Your Head Against the Wall
(1971)
Whistle Rymes
(1972)
"You're Mine" redirects here. For the Mariah Carey song, see You're Mine (Eternal).

Smash Your Head Against the Wall is the debut solo album by John Entwistle, who was the bassist for English rock band The Who. The album was released on Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US, it was the first solo album by any other member of The Who.

The album also features a remake of John Entwistle's written Who live classic "Heaven and Hell" with The Who's on and off roadie Dave "Cyrano" Langston (who had encouraged John Entwistle to make the album), who provided some acid-drenched guitar and was even thought to be Pete Townshend under a different name.

When John Entwistle was asked about his first single "I Believe in Everything" in comparison with the rest of the album he said:

I've been saying a lot of stuff that I didn't really believe in. I sort of wrote it for the heads, really, the people thinking, "ah, so that's where Entwistle's brain's at, he really sort of believes in the devil and hell and all that sort of business." So I wrote a number that touches on reincarnation, then goes into the absurd, with Father Christmas and the whole bit and right at the end just to prevent the heads from thinking that I did believe in everything like I was saying, 'cause they always seem to believe that you actually believe in your own words. I believe in some of them but not all of them, so I just wrote the joke in to throw them off, and it's done it.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

The UK album differs from the US version. Entwistle remixed "What Are We Doing Here?" and the vocals sound quite different, quite possibly a different vocal track.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by John Entwistle, except where indicated.

  1. "My Size" – 3:43
  2. "Pick Me Up (Big Chicken)" – 3:43
  3. "What Are We Doing Here?" – 3:49
  4. "What Kind of People Are They?" – 2:44
  5. "Heaven and Hell" – 4:50
  6. "Ted End" – 2:33
  7. "You're Mine" – 4:39
  8. "No. 29 (External Youth)" – 5:25
  9. "I Believe in Everything" – 3:07
1997 bonus tracks
  1. "Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young)
  2. "What Are We Doing Here?" (Demo)
2005 bonus tracks
  1. "Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young)
  2. "It's Hard to Write a Love Song" (demo)
  3. "The Haunted Can Be Free" (demo)
  4. "World Behind My Face" (demo)
  5. "My Size" (early take)
  6. "What Kind of People Are They?" (demo)
  7. "Pick Me Up (Big Chicken)" (demo)
  8. "No. 29 (External Youth)" (demo)
  9. "Ted End" (demo)

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Bob Irwin of Sundazed – mastering on 1997 edition

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