Smokin' (Boston song)

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Single by Boston
from the album Boston
A-side "More Than a Feeling"
Released August 25, 1976 (album version) / September 1976 (single version)
Format 7"
Recorded Spring 1976
Genre Arena rock
Length 4:22
Label Epic
Writer(s) Brad Delp, Tom Scholz
Producer(s) John Boylan, Tom Scholz

"Smokin'" is a rock song by the American rock band Boston, released as the b-side to the band's first single, "More Than a Feeling." Like most of the tracks from the group's debut album, it has become a staple on classic rock radio. It has also been covered by other bands, including Anthrax.


The song was a collaborative effort between Tom Scholz, the band's mastermind, who had recently hired lead singer Brad Delp, and one of the two songs on the first Boston LP not written by Scholz alone. Delp's singing style mixed with Scholz's musical style in this song helped their eponymous first album to sell over 17 million copies. It was one of the songs Scholz started writing in the early 1970s several years prior to the release of Boston.[1] From early demo tapes made in his basement, some with Delp, an early version of the song written and recorded in 1973, called "Shakin'", appears from the Mother's Milk Sessions. This tape reveals that originally, the song had a different meaning.

Writing in 2008, Kevin Smith of the Arizona Daily Star described "Smokin'" as a "radio standard."[2] MusicTap's review of Boston noted that "Smokin'" as one of the songs from the album to become an FM radio staple, helping the album sell 17 million copies.[3] Scott Tady of Beaver County Times described "Smokin'," "Rock and Roll Band" and Boston's first four singles as having "helped set the foundation for classic-rock radio."[4] Denise Lavoie of the Associated Press singled out "Smokin'" and "More Than a Feeling" as the hits for which Boston is best known.[5]

The New Rolling Stone Album Guide called "Smokin'" a "cleaned-up boogey [sic] crowd pleaser..."[6] Scholz described the beginning of the song as being a vaguely ZZ Top-ish boogie.[7]

The song is featured in the movie The Virgin Suicides as Trip Fontaine walks down the hallway.[citation needed] It was also featured on the popular 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its classic Rock station K-DST. The song has also been featured in the 2016 South Park episode "Skank Hunt".


Anthrax version[edit]

Song by Anthrax from the album Anthems
Released March 15, 2013
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:20
Label Megaforce
Producer(s) Anthrax, Jay Ruston, Rob Caggiano
Anthems track listing
"Keep On Runnin"

The Anthrax cover of this song was released on their 2013 covers EP Anthems.[8] The song premiered online on March 15, 2013 prior to the album's release on March 19, 2013.[9]

Anthrax Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians


  1. ^ Crowe, C. (August 10, 1978). "Boston: The Band from the Platinum Basement". Rolling Stone. pp. 37–42. 
  2. ^ Smith, K.W. (June 26, 2008). "Boston smokin' with new singers". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-08-08.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ "MusicTap: "Boston" and "Don't Look Back" Reviews". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  4. ^ Tady, S. (August 5, 2012). "More than a feeling: Boston back in Pittsburgh". Beaver County Times. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  5. ^ Lavoie, D. "Mass. court reinstates defamation lawsuit by Tom Scholz, founder of rock group Boston". Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  6. ^ Evans, P. (2004). Brackett, N., ed. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon and Schuster. p. 96. ISBN 9780743201698. 
  7. ^ Scholz, T. "Boston: How to Make Extra Money Working at Home in Your Own Basement...". Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  8. ^ Lymangrover, J. "Anthems". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
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