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Brownsville Station was a band from Michigan that was popular in the 1970s. One of its earliest hits (1970) was called “Bebop Confidential” with song writing credits given to band founder Cub Koda. However, Gene Vincent recorded it in 1956. The song was called “Be Bop a Lula”. This is probably why BS omitted it from their various anthologies.

Their most famous song, “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” (from their 1973 album Yeah![1]) was recognized as one of rock’s earliest teen anthems, featuring angst filled lyrics, blaring guitars and a harmonica solo. The track reached #3 on U.S. charts and #27 in the UK Singles Chart[1]”Smokin’ In the Boy’s Room” was later covered by Mötley Crüe in 1985. In 1977, Brownsville Station recorded the novelty song “Martian Boogie”, which is played on Dr. Demento’s radio show on occasion.

Another song, “(Lady) Put the Light on Me” also received modest airplay in the Detroit markets. Original members included band founder Cub Koda (guitarist/vocalist), Mike Lutz (guitarist/vocalist), T.J. Cronley (drummer), and Tony Driggins (bassist/vocals).

After T.J. Cronley left, he was replaced by Van Wert, Ohio native Henry “H-Bomb” Weck and in 1975 multi-instrumentalist and Detroit session musician Bruce Nazarian joined the band (it was Nazarian who sang lead on “(Lady) Put the Light on Me.” “Smokin’ In the Boy’s Room” reached #3 in the Billboard charts, eventually selling over two million copies, and was covered a decade later by eighties metal band Mötley Crüe. Their second-highest, Billboard-charting single was “Kings of the Party” which topped out at #31 in 1974.


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