Brownsville Station (band)

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Brownsville Station

Brownsville Station, Charlotte, N.C., USA, 1972
Background information
OriginAnn Arbor, Michigan, US
GenresRock, Hard rock
Years active1969–1979
LabelsWarner Bros. Records, Palladium, Big Tree, Wounded Bird, Private Stock, Epic, Rhino, Atlantic
Past members
Cub Koda
Mike Lutz
T.J. Cronley
Tony Driggins
Henry "H-Bomb" Weck
Bruce Nazarian
 
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Brownsville Station

Brownsville Station, Charlotte, N.C., USA, 1972
Background information
OriginAnn Arbor, Michigan, US
GenresRock, Hard rock
Years active1969–1979
LabelsWarner Bros. Records, Palladium, Big Tree, Wounded Bird, Private Stock, Epic, Rhino, Atlantic
Past members
Cub Koda
Mike Lutz
T.J. Cronley
Tony Driggins
Henry "H-Bomb" Weck
Bruce Nazarian

Brownsville Station was a rock band from Michigan that was popular in the 1970s. Original members included Cub Koda (guitarist/vocalist), Mike Lutz (guitarist/vocalist), T.J. Cronley (drummer), and Tony Driggins (bassist/vocals). Latter day members included Henry "H-Bomb" Weck (drummer) and Bruce Nazarian (guitarist/vocalist).

They are remembered for the top-10 hit single "Smokin' In The Boys Room" (1973).

Contents

History

Early history and Yeah!

Brownsville Station was formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1969. Brownsville Station's early albums included song covers from bands which had inspired them.[1] In 1970, they released their debut studio album, No BS, on a Warners Bros. label. Their biggest hit, "Smokin' In the Boys Room", written by Michael Lutz & Cub Koda, from their 1973 album Yeah!, reached No. 3 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 27 in the UK Singles Chart. The track sold over two million copies and was awarded a gold disc status by the RIAA on 15 January 1974.[2]

Late history

In 1977, Brownsville Station recorded the novelty song "Martian Boogie", which is played on Dr. Demento's radio show on occasion. Martian Boogie was one of five top-fifty hits for Brownsville Station.

After T.J. Cronley left, he was replaced by Van Wert, Ohio, native Henry "H-Bomb" Weck. " Their second-highest Billboard charting single was "Kings of the Party" which topped out at No. 31 in 1974. Best known as a live act fired up by Koda's onstage antics, the band's name was chosen because it was so long that it took up most of the marquees that rock venues used in that era, thereby hogging the limelight from whoever Brownsville happened to be playing with.[citation needed]

Brownsville Station disbanded in 1979 and their final studio album, Air Special, was released by Epic in 1978. Sadly, Koda died of kidney disease on 1 July 2000 at the age of 51. Lutz still resides in Ann Arbor and teaches guitar and bass at a local music store called Oz's Music. Michael went on to produce many bands, including Ted Nugent's "Spirit of the Wild" album, and toured in the '90's with Ted. While still in Brownsville Station, Henry engineered and co-produced the "Strikes" album for Blackfoot, and then two more stateside, as well a live Blackfoot album with the Rolling Stone mobile in the UK. He continues to record and produce in Memphis and at Lutz's Tazmania Studios. Nazarian is the owner of Digital Media Consulting Group in Nevada, and runs a popular digital media website "TheDigitalGuy.com".[3] He also is a popular online radio host for The Digital Guy radio show [4] as well as being a music producer, concert impresario [5] and artist manager.[6] T.J. Cronley spent a career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Marine Aviator and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. He is currently a pilot for FedEx and resides in Yuma, AZ. He is also an artist.[7]

Influences

Brownsville Station's early influences included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other 1950s Rock & Roll icons. Cub Koda's onstage antics would influence many rockers including Peter Wolf and Alice Cooper.[1]

Band members

Former members

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumUS Top 200
1970"No BS"
1972"A Night On The Town"191
1973"Yeah!"98
1974"School Punks"170
1975"Motor City Connection"
1977"Brownsville Station"
1978"Air Special"

Compilations

Singles

YearSingleUS Hot 100UK Singles
1969"Rock & Roll Holiday"
1970"Be-Bop Confidental"
1971"Roadrunner"
"That's Fine"
1972"The Red Back Spider"96
1973"Let Your Yeah Be Yeah"5752
"Smokin' in the Boys Room"327
1974"I'm the Leader Of The Gang"48
"Kings Of The Party"31
"I Got It Bad For You"
1977"Lady (Put The Light On Me)"46
"The Martian Boogie"59
1979"Love Stealer"

References

  1. ^ a b - Erlewine, Stephen. "Brownsville Station", allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 325. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ "TheDigitalGuy.com". TheDigitalGuy.com.. http://www.TheDigitalGuy.com. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ "www.TDGRadio.net - Home of The Digital Guy Radio Show". Thedigitalguy.net. http://www.TheDigitalGuy.net. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Home of The Digital Guy Radio Show". www.TDGRadio.net. http://www.TDGRadio.net. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Artist/pilot soars with aviation themes | soars, aviation, themes". YumaSun. http://www.yumasun.com/articles/cronley-73906-yuma-aviation.html. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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