Smokin' in the Boys Room

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"Smokin' in the Boy's Room"
Single by Brownsville Station
from the album Yeah!
B-side "Barefootin'"
Released October 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Boogie rock, blues rock, hard rock
Length 2:58
Label Big Tree
Writer(s) Cub Koda, Michael Lutz
Producer(s) Doug Morris, Brilliant Sun
Certification Gold
Brownsville Station singles chronology
"Let Your Yeah Be Yeah"
"Smokin' in the Boy's Room"
"Kings of the Party"
"Smokin' in the Boys Room"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Theatre of Pain
B-side "Use it or Lose it"
Released 24 June 1985
Format 7" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Glam metal
Length 3:22
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Cub Koda, Michael Lutz
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Too Young to Fall in Love"
"Smokin' In the Boys Room"
"Home Sweet Home"

"Smokin' in the Boy's Room" is a song originally recorded by Brownsville Station in 1973 on their album Yeah! It reached #3 in Canada[1] and on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; it reached #2 on the Cash Box Top 100[2] and became a Gold record.

The song is about students hoping to avoid being caught violating their school's smoking ban by smoking cigarettes in the boys' restroom.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Mötley Crüe version[edit]

The song was covered in 1985 by Mötley Crüe. Released as a single, "Smokin' in the Boys Room" reached #16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and became Mötley Crüe's first Top 40 hit.[9] Their version of the song appears in the 1986 film The Wraith. A Leann Rimes version of the song appeared on the album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe.

Music video[edit]

Crüe's version was accompanied by a conceptual music video featuring Michael Berryman as the school principal. The video focuses on a high school student named Jimmy who is mistreated and misunderstood in school. After he is punished for (truthfully) claiming that a dog ran off with his homework, a frustrated Jimmy goes to the boys' bathroom where he sees Motley Crüe in the mirrors. The band pulls him through the mirror to join them, and Jimmy and Motley Crüe watch a dystopian vision of the school through a barred window.

Weekly charts (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 61
Canadian RPM[11] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16


Other versions[edit]

In 1981, the song was translated to Hebrew and covered by T-Slam under the name "Me'ashnim Beyahad" (Smoking Together) on their debut album. The English version of the album, "Loud Radio" featured another cover of the song, this time in English.

In popular culture[edit]

The original version of the song was featured in the 1979 movie, Rock 'n' Roll High School.


  1. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Cash Box Top 100 1/26/74". 1974-01-26. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Songs from the Year 1974". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
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  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1974". 1974-12-28. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 69th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 209. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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