Smokin'

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about having a good time listening to music, but it can be interpreted as being about marijuana, with lines like "Keep on tokin'." The song also clocks in at 4:20, which is a time associated with smoking pot. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Winnipeg, Canada
  • Written by group leader Tom Scholz, "Smokin'" is part of Boston's self-titled debut album, which was constructed when Scholz was still working for the Polaroid corporation (he had a degree from MIT). Scholz set up a home studio and worked on demos until he finally landed a deal with Epic Records in 1976. The demos were honed to his standards, with Scholz playing all the instruments except drums. Epic booked studio time in Los Angeles so he could record proper versions with the band, but Scholz wanted nothing to do with it. Instead, he let the band work on Brad Delp's song "Let Me Take You Home Tonight" while he stayed in his home studio near Boston and meticulously re-recorded his demos to make "new" tracks, which ended up on the album. Boston drummer Sib Hashian and vocalist Brad Delp perform on "Smokin'," but guitarist Barry Goudreau and bass player Fran Sheehan do not.
  • Originally, this song was called "Shakin'," which is how Tom Scholz played it with his band Mother's Milk in 1973. Scholz made a demo of the song with that title, but by the time he recorded it for Boston's debut album, it became "Smokin'."
  • The Boston album ended up selling over 17 million copies just in America. "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace Of Mind" were all released as singles, but album cuts like "Smokin'" also got lots of airplay, especially on Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations.

Comments: 7

  • Tom from Seattle, WaThe Rockman units Tom used to get his sound were not restricted to the small unit's mentioned. Tom developed "pro-audio", full size rack units that included the "sustainor" "Chorus/delay" "EQ" and a few others. These individual units were acually half of a full size 19" rack space, two units sat side by side on a custom tray made the full size rack space of 19". These were sold along with a custom rack, footpedal and a midi controller. They all were black with a distinctive blue face. The "Sustainor" developed by Tom (one of which I own) was one of the units and was the key to his unique sound, he used two of them on stage along with all of the rest of his units. There were many units involved. Even if you have all of the pieces and a Les Paul with P-90's it still isn't exact. Tom keeps his sound all to himself but you can get close. Before designing his custom units he used a Marshall amp and effects. He has sold the original Rockman company and those units while well designed were not well built, Tom was not happy about this. They are very collectable today.
  • Bernd from Geilenkirchen@Joseph: what you call "rockmaster" was developped and invented by Tom Scholz in the late 70s and constantly improved since then as "Rockman". It ist a tiny cute device of the size of an ancient walkman (therefor "rockman") which you could clip on the carrier of your guitar amp (or on your pants). Operating with batteries, you can even walk down the road with your guitar and earphones and enjoy the authentic Boston sound, which makes you overlook everybody staring at you like you were nuts *g*. You can either play a clean sound or with distortion, both again with a flanger/chorus or without. the most amazing thing about it is the fact that it makes every guitar sound like Tom's Gibson Les Paul Standard with all the 'old fashioned' stuff Boston used to carry around in the 70s.
  • Ozzi from Brookhaven, PaWhat a great song, My favorite from Boston, but so underrated. I never heard it played on the radio.
  • Joe from Bellingham, WaSmokin! smokin! I feel alright, mamma I'm not jokin! My favorite line! GREAT song!
  • Nicole from Kenosha, WiThis song is in the video game Grand Theftauto San Andreas, I love this song!
  • Joseph from North Bellmore, NyThis song was a B side back in 1976 in the ancient
    times of 45's. Also it is the song Boston closes with in their live shows. When they toured again in
    1995, after a 8 year layoff due to Tom Sholtz's lawsuit against CBS records (which he won with a top
    notch entertainment lawyer, financed with his rockmaster -a guitar accessory, that is supposed to be very popular, but maybe one of you folks can tell me exactly what it does- royalties). Before this victory they performed as Formally Beantown.
    During this "Walk ON" tour every time Brad Delp
    went to hit a high note the audience at Jones Beach Theater, held its breath, he'ld hit and we
    all cheered. 2 years later at the Minnesota State
    Fair, he let the other guitarist (name escapes me)
    finish the note. The sound was still there. I guess that's the difference between 42 and 44 yrs
    of age. They are excellent live and song walk on
    should be reviewed here.
    Sincerely Joe from North Bellmore N.Y.
  • Randi from Hale, MoThis is an awesome song! Great to rock out to.
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