Monday is finally here and I know you are anxiously awaiting my song choice for one of my most hated songs of all time. First you should know, because of my old age I couldn't remember who sang this song and had to look it up on Youtube. Shocked would be an understatement when I realized who sang this song. And when I watched the video, let's just say The Village People have nothing on them. Have I got your attention yet?
This band was formed in 1969 in Flint, MI. They named themselves after the Grand Trunk Western Railroad which was a well-known rail line in Michigan. Yes, I am talking about Grand Funk Railroad. In 1970 they earned their second Gold Record with the song "I'm Your Capain". A year later they broke the attendance record set by the Beatles at Shea Stadium, selling out in just 72 hours.
In 1972 they shorted their name to Grand Funk and added a fourth band member. Interestingly, it would have been Peter Frampton but he had just signed a solo record deal and therefore wasn't available. They then came out with this hit "We're An American Band" and then this travesty. What were they thinking? What is more amazing it was co-written by Carole King. What was she thinking?
Not only is it a bad song it brings back memories of a bad date. And that's all I am going to say about that.
Give the song a listen and see what you think. Watch carefully, what is up with that drummer? Look when the time is at 2:30. What is going on in front of the stage?
In 1975 they reverted back to Grand Funk Railroad but by 1976 they had disbanded. They reunited in 1980 minus a band member. They again disbanded with one of the members joining Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band which already included one of Grand Funk's former bandmates. The latest version of the band is still touring and plays about 30 concerts a year. If those concerts include "Loco-Motion" count me out.
And because I couldn't let you have that song stuck in your head I am going to post a video from the concert at Shea Stadium. This is what Grand Funk Railroad should sound and look like.