Musician, music historian, critic and journalist Michael “Cub” Koda, who penned the ’70s Brownsville Station hit “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room,” died July 1 of kidney failure. He was 51.
A Detroit native, Koda was influenced by the Motor City music scene and performed with the band Brownsville Station, which he formed in 1969.
Koda wrote the group’s biggest hit, “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” which sold more than 2 million copies and rose to No. 3 on Billboard magazine’s charts in 1973. It was later covered by the heavy metal band Motley Crue and became a hit for them as well in 1985.
Koda was hailed by many music critics, as well as by author Stephen King, for his outrageous performing style. He released many solo rockabilly and blues works after Brownsville Station’s breakup in 1979. Koda performed for bands the Bone Gods and the Points.
Koda wrote a monthly column, “The Vinyl Junkie.” He provided liner notes for more than 60 CD collections for such labels as Rhino, Time-Life, MCA and Motown. Koda also edited and contributed to the reference books “The All-Music Guide” and “The All-Music Guide to the Blues.”
He later penned the book “Blues for Dummies” in 1988.