Whistle Rymes

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Whistle Rymes
Whistle Rymes.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 November 1972 (UK), 4 November 1972 (US)[1]
RecordedDuring May 1972
StudioIsland Studios, Notting Hill, London, England
LabelTrack Records
ProducerJohn Entwistle, John Alcock
John Entwistle chronology
Smash Your Head Against the Wall
Whistle Rymes
Rigor Mortis Sets In

Whistle Rymes is the second solo album by John Entwistle, bassist for British rock band The Who.


The album's title pokes fun at a common misspelling of Entwistle's surname. Several of the tracks give a humorous look on domestic life, following the birth of Entwistle's son, Christopher.

"Ten Little Friends" was written on piano at John Entwistle's Ealing home studio and sprang from a bout of writer's block. The title comes from a set of troll figures given to him by the Who's Keith Moon. The track features a guitar solo from Peter Frampton. As well as his usual bass guitar, Entwistle also plays bass synthesizer.

Whistle Rymes is described by Allmusic as having a catchy, straightforward, pop-tinged rock with dark, often bitingly sarcastic lyrics.[2]


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 reissued 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 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 Breakin' My Heart"."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Entwistle.

1."Ten Little Friends"4:03
2."Apron Strings"3:47
3."I Feel Better"4:46
4."Thinkin' It Over"3:12
5."Who Cares?"4:28
6."I Wonder"2:58
7."I Was Just Being Friendly"3:33
8."The Window Shopper"3:28
9."I Found Out"3:51
10."Nightmare (Please Wake Me Up)"6:16

Bonus tracks[edit]

1."I Wonder" (Demo)2:52
2."All Dressed Up" (Demo)2:53
3."Back on the Road" (Demo)3:53
4."Countryside Boogie" (Demo)4:28


  • Brian Humphries, Mike Weighell - engineer
  • Graham Lethbridge - cover design and drawing


  1. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 296.
  2. ^ a b Donald A. Guarisco. "Whistle Rymes - John Entwistle - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: E". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.