01. My Size
02. Pick Me Up (Big Chicken)
03. What Are We Doing Here?
04. What Kind of People Are They?
05. Heaven and Hell
06. Ted End
07. You're Mine
08. No. 29 (Eternal Youth)
09. I Believe in Everything
10. Cinnamon Girl (Bonus previously released out-take)
11. It's Hard to Write a Love Song (Bonus demo)
12. The Haunted Can Be Free (Bonus demo)
13. World Behind My Face (Bonus demo)
14. My Size (Bonus early take)
15. What Kind of People Are They? (Bonus demo)
16. Pick Me Up (Big Chicken) (Bonus demo)
17. No. 29 (Eternal Youth) (Bonus demo)
18. Ted End (Bonus demo)
John Entwistle had been writing tunes since the Who's second album, the majority of them coming out as album cuts or as B-sides of singles. But in the early '70s, with the Who becoming even less of an outlet for his songwriting talents, Entwistle forged ahead with his first solo album, Smash Your Head Against the Wall. Musically, it has much of a Who flavor to it, with the strong guitar work, lumbering drums and basslines that define the music. But Entwistle's many talents (he contributes an entire horn section to "Pick Me Up") surface on this debut album.
The album itself offers a more downbeat and aggressive view of life than even the Who had to offer at their most pessimistic, as witnessed in the title track (aka "My Size"), the hazy rocker "Heaven And Hell" (which features some sterling acid guitar riffing by Cyrano Langston) and the closing track, "I Believe In Everything", which ends with a seemingly impromptu chorus of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", to end a sometimes uncompromising album on an unexpectedly happy note. Who bandmate Pete Townshend once said about the album, "We learned more about John from him making an album than we did in all the years he'd ever played bass with us", a reference to both his quiet demeanor and his then-mostly unknown capabilities as a songwriter.