Smoke On The Water
is a song with a story behind it. And the story goes something like this...
It was during the recording of their Machine Head
album, all set to go ahead at the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland
. The band were awaiting a concert by Frank Zappa
and the Mothers of Invention to complete before they could begin recording.
However, during the concert, somebody fired a flare in the ceiling of the Casino, and the place burnt down. (Some versions of the story claim that it was in fact due to an electrical fault, but the Deep Purple
lyric is "Some stupid with a flare gun burnt the place to the ground.")
And so, as the lyric says, they ended up at the Grand Hotel
for the recording. Rumour goes that Roger Glover
wrote the first version of the song straight off the top of his head onto a napkin. However he claims that the song came to him in a dream
a couple of mornings after the fire.
: (Credit to www.thehighwaystar.com, official Deep Purple website)
"We both came to the conclusion that it sounded like a drug
song and it was promptly filed away under "drug songs - not to be used." (what clean living boys we were!)"
In the song's early days, the band didn't see it as having much potential and rarely played it live. Little did they know it would later become their most recognised and played song, worldwide.