Mad Dog (album)

Mad Dog is the fourth solo studio album by the bassist for The Who, John Entwistle, and his last for six years, and the debut album by his band John Entwistle's Ox.

Mad Dog
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1975
StudioNovasound Studios, London, England and Scorpio Studios, London, England
ProducerJohn Alcock, John Entwistle
John Entwistle's Ox chronology
Rigor Mortis Sets In
Mad Dog
Too Late the Hero

Mad Dog didn't generate much interest, either in sales or among fans, in what sounded like and is often referred as to by fans as "The Son of" Rigor Mortis a second volume of Rock & Roll pastiches rubbing shoulders with items of dubious taste.

His next solo album Too Late the Hero would become his most successful while Mad Dog was his least successful solo album until the release of The Rock.

The song "Cell Number 7", (which is a close relation to The Who's "Long Live Rock") detailed The Who's then recent brush with Canadian justice in 1974 after a hotel wrecking spree in Montreal while on their Quadrophenia tour.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

AllMusic said that the album "Is enjoyable in short bursts, but it also makes a good case for the conventional wisdom that even the best bass players are only so-so as band leaders.",[2] Allmusic also said that "He can't seem to tell his good jokes from the ones that sink without a trace, he sets his best songs right beside numbers that would have been best left in the rehearsal space, and for a guy who was one-third of England's greatest power trio (plus vocalist), he doesn't always know what to do with a large band."[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic      link
Christgau's Record GuideB–[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by John Entwistle, except where indicated.

1."I Fall to Pieces" 3:55
2."Cell Number 7"John Entwistle, Tony Ashton4:02
3."You Can Be So Mean" 3:55
4."Lady Killer" 3:29
5."Who in the Hell?" 3:34
6."Mad Dog" 5:27
7."Jungle Bunny"John Entwistle, Graham Deakin4:03
8."I'm So Scared" 4:01
9."Drowning" 4:41

Bonus tracks (2005 reissue)Edit

1."Mad Dog" (Single mix)3:55
2."Cell Number 7" (Single mix)4:07



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  4. ^ 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