Grand Funk Railroad Talks 45 Years of Partyin' Down: "We're Still Going Strong"

Scorned by the critics but worshipped by the masses, Grand Funk Railroad never second-guessed its own heavy-handed brand of blues rock. And soon, the Flint, Michigan-bred band became staples of the 1970s FM underground, as their primal, prototypical heavy metal showed itself to be a perfect fit for late-night deejays and the stoner set.

Although they seemed unlikely candidates for mainstream success, the Grand Funk guys surprised practically everyone when they managed to plough their way up the charts with the Todd Rundgren-produced single "We're an American Band," the radio favorite "I'm Your Captain," the exuberant "Some Kind of Wonderful," and their unlikely cover of the Carole King classic "The Loco-Motion."

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