Talk Dirty (John Entwistle song)

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"Talk Dirty"
Talk Dirty.jpg
Single by John Entwistle
from the album Too Late the Hero
A-side "Talk Dirty"
B-side "Try Me"
Released September 1981
Format Vinyl single, 7" single, 45 RPM
Recorded Ramport Studio, London, England, Completed in May 1981
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 4:08 (Too Late the Hero)
4:03 (So Who's the Bass Player? The Ox Anthology)
Label Atco (UK)
Songwriter(s) John Entwistle
Producer(s) John Entwistle, Dave "Cyrano" Langston
John Entwistle singles chronology
"Too Late the Hero"
"Talk Dirty"
"When the Sun Comes Up"
"Too Late the Hero"
"Talk Dirty"
"When the Sun Comes Up"

"Talk Dirty" is a song by English musician John Entwistle, the former bassist for The Who. It was released in September 1981 as a single from his fifth solo studio album, Too Late the Hero (1981), on which he is also joined by Lead Guitarist Joe Walsh (who was a member of three commercially successful bands such as The James Gang, Barnstorm and Eagles). He also joined by drummer Joe Vitale, who had a career dating back to the early 1970s.

The song received airplay in the United States on the album-oriented rock radio, and John Entwistle had a 1987 radio interview with Howard Stern about it.[1] It later proved to become Entwistle's highest charting single release, peaking at number 41 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

When critic Chris Welch was reviewing the album (available on the 1997 release of the album) he stated (in length) that "'Talk Dirty' is the kind of concept that would get severely criticised by the politically correct. A snappy cowbell rhythm brings in an uptempo raver during which John falls into a kind of Rap, telling his partner that he'd rather talk dirty than discuss the merits of Chopin, Shakespeare or Van Gogh"[3]

Compilation appearances[edit]

The song is also on Entwistle's 2005 compilation album, So Who's the Bass Player? The Ox Anthology the version on this album is faster than the release on Too Late the Hero.

Personnel on track[edit]


Chart (1981) Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) 41


  1. ^ The Who - John Entwistle Albums
  2. ^ "Too Late the Hero - John Entwistle - Awards". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ John Entwistle - Too Late the Hero 1997 review by Chris Welsh