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Subject: Archive: Cub Koda, July 1, 2000


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Date Posted: Monday, July 01, 04:25:18pm

Rock Musician. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Koda was the lead singer and guitarist of the popular 1970s musical group, Brownsville Station. Formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1969, the group's members also included drummer T. J. Cronley, bassist Tony Driggins, guitarist Mike Lutz, and later Bruce Nazarian and Henry Weck.

Known for there styles of Boogie Rock, Detroit Rock, Electric Chicago, Hard Rock, and Pop Music, the group was influenced by the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Who, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the late Link Wray.

Koda became interested in music as a young boy. He was a drummer by the age of 5, and by the time he was in high school he had formed his own group, The Del-Tinos. Using the style of rockabilly, rock & roll, and blues music, the band released their first single, "Go Go Go" (a version of a Roy Orbison recording), in the fall of 1963.

They released two more singles, but eventually broke up in 1966, when Koda wanted to pursue other options. Koda then worked as a solo artist releasing two singles, "I Got My Mojo Workin" and "Ramblin' On My Mind", and working with a couple of bands, before forming Brownsville Station three years later. The band began performing at local gigs in the Midwest, and releasing several singles before getting noticed.

They released their first album in 1970, but it was the 1973 single, "Smokin' In The Boys Room," that gave the band the notice they wanted. The song went to #3 on the music charts and eventually ended up selling over two million copies. Although the song was the band's only hit, they continued to perform together until they disbanded in 1979.

The recording of "Smokin' In The Boys Room" was later covered by Motley Crew. Before the break up of the band Koda purchased a multi-track recorder and started producing one-man band tapes of rockabilly, blues, R&B, country, early rock & roll, and jazz music, which he released as the album, "That's What I Like About The South." He also became more focused on performing solo, and also began writing for numerous music magazines, most notably his column, "The Vinyl Junkie," for the Goldmine Magazine (later DISCoveries).

He also wrote three volumes for the acclaimed "Blues Masters" series. By 1980, Koda was performing with the Hound Dog Taylor's backing band (The Houserockers). Together with guitarist Brewer Phillips, and drummer Ted Harvey, they performed and recorded together for 15 years. The group's first album was, "It's the Blues" (1981), and their second, "The Joint Was Rockin", released in 1996. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Koda continued his busy schedule between touring, recording, and writing.

In 1993, the twin release of "Smokin' in the Boy's Room: The Best of Brownsville Station", was released on the Rhino Record Label, and "Welcome to My Job," a retrospective of his non-Brownsville material was released on the Blue Wave Record Label.

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