Deep Purple: Smoke on the Water

As a band that’s eponymous with rock music, and officially known as the loudest band in the world, Deep Purple’s best-known hit tells a true story: in 1971, there was a Frank Zappa concert at the Montreux Casino, where a member of the audience started a fire. Everyone got out safely, but the building, which was surrounded by water, burnt to the ground. The members of Deep Purple watched the flames swallow the casino. The smoke spreading over the water inspired only a title at first, but a few days later, when they entered the studio to make their next album, Machine Head, it turned into an entire song.