From Grand Funk Railroad’s first album, I’ve been a fan. After hearing “Time Machine” on FM radio, and the occasional playback of “T.N.U.C.”, and “Heartbreaker”, I was a solidly hooked fan of this three-piece powerhouse. Then it got better. Almost immediately, they released their second album. I picked it and enjoyed the phenomenal cover of “Inside Looking Out”, and “Paranoid”, “Mr Limousine Driver”, and “In Need”.
With their creativity on fire, they issued their third, Closer To Home. On that album, they introduced their classic track, “I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home)”, a song that I still listen to frequently.
I have to confess, however, that while I adore many of their albums up through We’re An American Band (I could never get into their later years singles tunes), it was Survival that I appreciated most…and still do. There isn’t a bad song on this album, in my estimation. It’s one that I can listen to in it’s entirety at almost any time. And more than once. In fact, I listened to it no less than three times today alone. I may listen to it again tomorrow.
E Pluribus Funk, Phoenix, We’re An American Band, and their MCA debut produced by Frank Zappa, Good Singin’ Good Playin’, a sort of return to FM rock, round out my love for this band. While their three unmentioned albums find little play (I don’t even own them), I do enjoy “Bad Time”.
That’s my story. I do recognize that many people do not enjoy Grand Funk as I do. However, I find it too difficult to not put this out as a poll question in the hopes that I’ll be surprised.
As an aside, if Mark Farner were to reunite with his original bandmates, I have more than a few bucks to buy a ticket to that show.