Kako je nastao klasik Deep Purplea “Smoke on the Water”

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Dana 3. prosinca 1971. godine Deep Purple su došli u švicarski Montreux snimiti live album “Machine Head” u Casinu na Ženevskom jezeru. U vrijeme dok su se Purplei pripremali za snimanje albuma, Frank Zappa je nastupao sa svojim bendom The Mothers Of Invention u istom Casinu.

Koncert je prekinut jer se nakon ‘igre’ jednog fana sa signalnim pištoljem, izbila vatra. Ozljeđenih nije bilo, ali je zato Casino izgorio do temelja. Frank Zappa je bio poznat po zafrkancijama na koncertima, pa kada je mirno rekao: “Ljudi izbila je vatra, polako napustite dvoranu“, nitko mu nije vjerovao. Zatim je povikao: “Budale požar!” i pobjegao s bine i tek tada mu okupljena rulja povjerovala.

Taj događaj je inspirirao Deep Purple, točnije Blackmorea da smisli riff, a Gillan se dao na pisanje teksta koji počinje s: “We all came out to Montreux“, za “Smoke On The Water“, možda najbolju i najpoznatiju pjesmu jednog od najboljih hard rock bendova svih vremena.

Album “Machine Head” na kraju je snimljen u Grand Hotelu u Montreuxu, iizašao je u ožujku 1972. godine, a pjesma “Smoke On The Water”, kao što znate postala je jedan od klasika rock scene.

Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice)
We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky Claude was running in and out
Pulling kids out the ground
When it all was over
We had to find another place
But Swiss time was running out
It seemed that we would lose the race
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

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We ended up at the Grand Hotel
It was empty cold and bare
But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside

Making our music there
With a few red lights and a few old beds
We made a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know we’ll never forget
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

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