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Brownsville Station - 1977 Brownsville Station

ARTIST: Brownsville Station
ALBUM: Brownsville Station
LABEL: Private Stock
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Cub Coda - guitar, harmonica, vocals * Bruce Nazarian - guitar, bass, keyboards * Henry Weck - drums, percussion, vocals * Michael Lutz - bass, guitar, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hot Spit * 02 Sleazy Louise * 03 Lady (Put The Light On Me) * 04 Lover * 05 Mr Johnson * 06 (Throw Me A) Lifeline * 07 Rockers' N' Rollers * 08 My Friend Jack * 09 Ain't That A Shame * 10 The Martian Boogie

Other than 70's Midwest faves REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick, I can't think of a harder working band than Detroit's Brownsville Station. Formed in the late 60's, Brownsville Station will forever be remembered as the group who gave the world 'Smokin' In The Boys Room' which of course was a massive hit for Motley Crue in 1985. Yet despite the success of that single, Brownsville Station will be remembered as a 'One Hit Wonder' and not the hard rocking, fun lovin' and crowd pleasing combo they were over the course of seven albums and hundreds of concert dates.

The Songs
For my money, their self-titled album produced by Eddie Kramer released on Larry Uttal's Private Stock label (Starbuck, Natural Gas) is one of the band's best although it's still not on CD, passed over by Wounded Bird's recent Brownsville Station reissue campaign for whatever reason, it's certainly worthy of any rock collection. Kicking off with the excellent 'Hot Spit', Brownsville Station on this track was years ahead of their time pre-dating Ratt's sleazy grind by a decade. 'Lady (Put The Light On)' was the albums single and did receive some air play which I remember hearing on the radio to my teenage hormonal delight. An anthem-like rock tune that I image went over well in a live setting. 'Lover' is another solid rocker with a great hook and the record really doesn't let up until side two's 'My Friend Jack'; a swampy blues number that's actually kind of fun. Things get a little strange on the album closer 'The Martian Boogie' a novelty track with red hot guitar work from guitarist Cub Coda but a little too much spoken word for my tastes, wearing thin with its goofiness after a couple listens. Good thing it's at the end of the record!

In Summary
Brownsville Station would pack it in at the end of the 70's and Coda, who had become a renowned rock critic and music historian would pass away of Kidney disease in 2000. Honorable mention for the creepy psychedelic cover art, let's hope 'Brownsville Station' finally sees the light of day on CD sooner than later.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on January 01 2008 18:30:50
I have this album and I like it a lot! I used to correspond with Cub Coda (The Vinyl Junkie) back when he had a column in Goldmine magazine. We would talk about The Move all the time. Another person we together would correspond with later turned out to be the lead singer for the band The Ass Ponys. Chuck sold records in Goldmine and between Cub and Chuck I managed to complete my Move collection. Those were the good ole days, Cub was there, Jeff Tamarkin was the editor and Goldmine was the best magazine out there for us collectors! This is a great album and hopefully it will be released on cd one day. Cub was very fond of the song by Link Wray called 'Rumble'.
#2 | Eric on January 01 2008 19:21:00
I loved Goldmine back in the pre-internet days! Cub was one of a kind, knew his stuff and I learned a lot about early rock from his articles. A great, much missed talent. Cub- wherever you are..Thumbs Up
#3 | gdazegod on January 18 2008 04:13:51
Thanks to one of our new readers (opbrekke).. a.k.a Ole Peter, we decided to go on a little witch-hunt re: this album. It appears to be the only one of the recent Wounded Bird catalogue not to be released on CD. According to John at WB, they don't know who owns the masters to the album. I've since got an email back from Bruce Nazarian, who suggested to WB: 'Bell Records - follow the sale trail to find the current owners of the masters... Or ask Al Nalli, Brownsville's former manager - I bet he knows.'

Bruce also agrees that there should be no reason to prevent the re-release of this album once WB know who owns the bloody thing - once and for all!
#4 | gdazegod on January 18 2008 04:15:39
Sorry.. we hasten to add.. should be Private Stock Records.. not Bell Records.
#5 | vinyldinosaurus on February 07 2008 15:53:40
This is easily Brownsville Station's best album. 'Hot Spit' is the best Kiss song I've ever heard and their version of 'Ain't That A Shame' easily blows away the more famous cover version by Cheap Trick.
#6 | reyno-roxx on May 27 2008 16:35:37
I like the Kiss comparison there with 'Hot Spit'. This album sits very comfortably between Kiss and The Godz.
#7 | super80boy on June 23 2013 20:01:42
This album rocks hard with good songs in 'Hot Spit', 'Lady', 'Lover', 'Lifeline' and the last song is quite an interesting change up, but it still rocks.
#8 | reyno-roxx on May 14 2016 08:01:11
This album currently is a close second behind the Backseat Sally record as my most wanted CD reissue. Long overdue.
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