No. 92: Grand Funk Railroad, ‘We’re an American Band’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs
Easy to forget in 2012, but in their heyday, Grand Funk Railroad ruled the roost, selling tons of albums and concert tickets. ‘We’re An American Band’ remains their most iconic song in a long list of classics, and our clear choice for inclusion in this list of the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs.
Written by drummer/vocalist Don Brewer, this tale of the life of a rock and roll band on the road connected with fans and gave the band their first huge hit single. Prior to ‘American Band,’ Grand Funk were primarily an album-oriented group. This single would change that.
Some credit must go to producer Todd Rundgren, who gave Grand Funk a push in the right direction, with just the proper amount of gloss to make the power trio (now actually a foursome with the addition of keyboardist Craig Frost) a bit more radio-friendly. It worked, earning the band their first No. 1 single and helping the album of the same name sail to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
This would be the first of a string of hit singles for Brewer, Mark Farner, Mel Schacher and Frost (see, Homer Simpson isn’t the only one who knows all their names!), and to this day is the song most associated with the mighty Grand Funk Railroad, who, we might add, are so far tragically missing from the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame!
Watch Grand Funk Railroad Perform ‘We’re An American Band’