Critically despised? Check! Played very little today on Classic Rock stations? Check! Sold out arenas in their day? Check! Sold a lot of platinum records? Check! Confused? Meet the Hard Rock enigma known as Grand Funk Railroad.
In an era where a lot of music was becoming bloated and a movement was afoot to strip it down, Grand Funk Railroad seemed to appeal to neither set. At their root, they were a basic Blues Rock band that sung simple songs that appealed to a blue collar demographic. The critics despised them, but that did not stop them from selling millions of records and selling out multiple venues. Their biggest song and eventual mantra “We’re an American Band” was their greatest label and their biggest curse. To their fans they are a great American Rock band, though they did so at a time when that wasn’t necessarily cool. They have the success, but their lack of critical respect will likely keep them out.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Flint, MI)
Why They Will Get In:
If they go by pure success, they have a shot.
Why They Won’t Get In:
They were critically despised then, and they are critically despised now.
Grand Funk (1969)
Closer to Home (1970)
I Got a Name (1973)
Shinin’ On (1974)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Inside Looking Out (From Grand Funk, 1969)
I’m Your Captain (From Closer to Home, 1970)
Creepin (From We’re an American Band, 1973)
We’re an American Band (From We’re an American Band, 1973)
Shinin’ On (From Shinin’ On, 1974)