Released: March 1972

A story as legendary as the song's four-note riff, 'Smoke On The Water' was inspired by the, er, smoke floating over Lake Geneva while Deep Purple were recording in their mobile studio. It came from a Frank Zappa gig at the Montreux Casino that caught fire when some chump fired a flare gun, the blaze now forever commemorated by inept guitarists trying to ape Ritchie Blackmore's axework.

 
 
 
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