Smokin' in the Boys Room

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"Smokin' in the Boys 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 Boys 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 3:27
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 Boys 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 also reached No. 2 on the Cash Box Top 100.[2] The song 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 boy's restroom.

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.[3] 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.

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 song was featured in the 1979 movie Rock 'n' Roll High School.

Chart performance[edit]

Brownsville Station version[edit]

Weekly charts (1973–74) Peak
Australia[4] 9
Canada RPM[5] 3
France[6] 7
UK[7] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[8] 2
Year-end charts (1974) Position
Canada[9] 54
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 44
U.S. Cash Box[11] 47

Mötley Crüe version[edit]

Weekly charts (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 61
Canadian RPM[13] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16



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