Tuesday, September 18, 2012

95 Songs of Summer, #93 - "We're An American Band" (1973)

What Grand Funk Railroad accomplished around the time this album (same title as the single) came out was similar to what they refer to in the movie world as a "reboot."  To be honest, I'm not sure what the band was like before then - I never listened to their records when I was a kid, and by the time I might have been interested, there were plenty of other bands to take up my time.  But paired with Todd Rundgren as producer, GFR became closer to something that you might call a "hard rock power pop band." 

Whatever you want to call it, this was a great, great single - just the right amount of noise, and the right amount of attitude, to appeal to a bunch of 7th grade boys who thought they were a lot cooler than they actually were.  Turn it up loud, annoy your parents...this incarnation of Grand Funk was perfect for that sort of thing.

Grank Funk Railroad, "We're An American Band," from the summer of 1973.

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