The Canadian Navy is really, really mad about this song

Someone in the Canadian Navy came with a parody of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room,” the Brownsville Station song covered by Motley Crue, and the officer class isn’t happy.

Vice reports (via the Ottawa Citizen) that officers are so displeased that they are trying to “ascertain the identity” of the sailor responsible. Why are they so upset? Because it involves disabling smoke detectors so sailors can have a butt. Oh, and there’s the big about a female officer who was reprimanded for grabbing other people’s junk.

I’d play the video for you, but it seems to have been removed from both YouTube and Vimeo. Someone knows they’re in big trouble. In lieu of that, here’s both the original and the Crue version.

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2 thoughts on “The Canadian Navy is really, really mad about this song

  • October 15, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I’ve heard the song a few times, I don’t think it is a parody of the smoking in the boys room at all, it has its own tune. The song highlights the huge class divide between officers and enlisted sailors, which is why the officers are mad.

    • October 15, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      “Smoking in the Wardroom”
      Sounds like a commentary on the divide between Officers and the rank ‘n file Sailors.


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