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Brownsville Station

"Smokin' In The Boy's Room" was just about all Brownsville Station left behind. But it shouldn't have been that way. Lead singer/guitarist Cub Koda was an original, even if he looked like a '70s version of Buddy Holly. On stage Koda was Rockin' maniac: speaker climbing and sliding all over the stage without ever missing a note.

Originating from the Ann Arbor, MI, and starting as a quartet, they eventually trimmed to a trio, with Michael Lutz (bass/vocals) and Henry "H-Bomb" Weck (drums).

"Smokin' In The Boy's Room" was one of those perfectly realized story songs. Great plot blended with just enough safe rebellion (smoking in school), to make it irresistible. On their album "Yeah!" which contained "Smokin'" they also managed a Rockin' cover of the '60s soul hit, "Barefootin'." That song would have been an ideal follow-up but it was wasted on the B-side of "Smokin'." They also took the Balloon Farm's '67 minor masterpiece "Question of Temperature" and made it more intense and edgier. Aside from "Smokin'" Koda and Lutz also wrote the joyful party Rocker "All Night Long."

After Brownsville Station, Koda kept Rockin' on his own. An avid Rock 'n' Roll collector Koda also worked as a Rock journalist, if such a thing exists.

Motley Crue covered "Smokin'" in the 80s and rode it to the top of the pop charts.

The irony is Brownsville Station should have been far bigger than it was. Generally thought of as one-hit wonders, "Smokin' In The Boys Room," is but one of the group's great songs. "Yeah" has the hit and some fun covers and originals. "Smokin' In The Boys Room: The Best of Brownsville Station" is an excellent retrospective including "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah" (which is also on "Yeah").

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