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“OK, you can take everything I said about writing ‘real’ lyrics and getting down to the heart of the matter and throw it out with this song. This is pure tongue in cheek, no doubt, and I make no apologies.
“I was at the movies with a friend of mine, and during the previews I just started singing, ‘Smokestack woman…’ I knew it was silly, but I said to my friend, ‘Hey, Mick and Keith and the Young brothers in AC/DC have been doing this shit for years. You can’t tell me it won’t work.'
“The whole song has a swagger to it. I wanted to have a bit of a romp on this one, and there you go – we’re havin’ a romp. It’s not this serious, we’re-gonna-wake-the-dead kind of thing. It’s a rockin’ tune. And I loved Joseph busting out the theremin. He does it, but he has a good time with it. He’s not a pompous bastard about it. Believe me, I’ve played with some pompous bastards in my time, and Joe's not one of 'em.”