->''"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 .38 Special vocalist Max Carl and Music/{{KISS}} guitarist Bruce Kulick, with whom the group continues to tour.

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

!!! Discography:

* ''On Time'' (1969)
* ''Grand Funk'' (1969)
* ''Closer to Home'' (1970)
* ''Live Album'' (1970) - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin live album]]
* ''Survival'' (1971)
* ''E Pluribus Funk'' (1971)
* ''Phoenix'' (1972)
* ''We're an American Band'' (1973)
* ''Shinin' On'' (1974)
* ''All the Girls in the World Beware!!!'' (1974)
* ''Caught in the Act'' (1975) - live album
* ''Born to Die'' (1976)
* ''Good Singin', Good Playin''' (1976)
* ''Grand Funk Lives'' (1981)
* ''What's Funk?'' (1983)
* ''Bosnia'' (1997) - live album
* ''Live: The 1971 Tour'' (2002) - live album


!!! "Grand Trope Railroad":

* CoverVersion: Their second #1 hit was a cover of "The Loco-Motion" (written by Music/CaroleKing), which had previously occupied the top position in a 1962 version by Little Eva.
** They reached #3 with "Some Kind of Wonderful", originally a minor hit by the '60s R&B group Soul Brothers Six.
* EpicRocking: "I'm Your Captain[=/=]Closer To Home"
* NonIndicativeName: Not actually a {{funk}} band.
* PunnyName: 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.
* SopranoAndGravel: Mark Farner (soprano) and Don Brewer (gravel).
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Since 2000, when Mark Farner departed and the band chose to continue without him.
* VocalTagTeam: Mark Farner and Don Brewer.