Thursday, October 09, 2008

Brownsville Station

Brownsville Station was a band from Michigan who were popular in the 1970s. Their most famous song, "Smokin' In the Boys Room" (from their 1973 album Yeah!) 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. "Smokin' In the Boys Room" was later dismally covered by Mötley Crüe in 1985. In 1977, Brownsville Station recorded the song "Martian Boogie", which is played on Dr. Demento's radio show on occasion, most often around Halloween. They were the ultimate garage band. They mixed country, rockabilly and blues with lyrics about partying, women and just having fun. Cub Koda (RIP) had to have had one of the best singing voices, not in range so much as in raw emotion and feeling. Listening to him makes me think he has lived each one of the songs. Rough, gritty and unpolished, perfect for good time rock and roll. The late Cub Koda may be one of Rock's most under appreciated front men; part rock and roll madman, part carny barker, he led the band through such recorded hysteria like "Kings of The Party" without ever sounding tired of playing the same song night after night.

Brownsville Station disbanded in 1979, with the individual members going their separate ways. Sadly, Cub Koda died of kidney disease on 1 July 2000 at the age of 51. Way too young.
So the Martian Boogie makes an appearance on homercat's Halloween song roll.

The Martian Boogie by Brownsville Station
Classic Horror Flick

Funny Toon