->''"You kids don't know Grand Funk? The wild shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner? The bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher? [[DamnedByFaintPraise The competent drumwork of Don Brewer?]] Oh, man!"''
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]'''

One of the most popular American rock bands of TheSeventies, Grand Funk Railroad was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner (co-lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Don Brewer (co-lead vocals, drums) and Mel Schacher (bass guitar). Hailing from Michigan, they took their name from the state's famous Grand Trunk Railroad rail line.

Earning [[CriticalDissonance massive popularity at the expense of critical derision]] with their [[HardRock hard-edged]] BluesRock style, the group shifted millions of records, scored two number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 ("We're An American Band" and "The Loco-Motion") and even broke the attendance record at Shea Stadium set by Music/TheBeatles. However, [[CreativeDifferences disputes within the band]], ExecutiveMeddling and burn-out resulting from their touring schedule took their toll on Grand Funk, who decided to call it a day in 1976.

Reunion attempts were initially unsuccessful, resulting in Mark Farner quitting the band in favour of his solo career as a ChristianRock artist. He was replaced by former .38Special vocalist Max Carl and Music/{{KISS}} guitarist Bruce Kulick, with whom the group continues to tour.

Notably, they're Homer Simpson's favourite band.


!!! "Grand Trope Railroad":

* CoverVersion: Their second number one hit was a cover of "The Loco-Motion" (written by Carole King), which had previously occupied the top position as a version by Little Eva.
* EpicRocking: "I'm Your Captain[=/=]Closer To Home"
* NonIndicativeName: Not actually a {{funk}} band.
* PunBasedTitle: Named after their state's Grand Trunk Railroad.
* RockStarSong: "We're An American Band".
* RockTrio: Directly patterned after Music/{{Cream}}, they were one of the earliest examples, although they added a fourth member (Craig Frost) as a permanent keyboardist in 1972.
* VocalTagTeam: Mark Farner and Don Brewer.