Grand Funk – We're An American Band Song Meaning

We’re An American Band – Grand Funk | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1973

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

From its formation in 1968 until 1973 Grand Funk Railroad muddled around the Bottom 60 instead of the Top 40, while selling out arenas and notching up seven straight Top 20 albums. In March of 1972 the trio had fired originator/manager/producer Terry Knight, added a fourth member, and shortened their name to Grand Funk. The changes brought immediate results. In July, 1973 We’re An American Band – title of the Michigan group’s ninth album and lead-off single – appeared on their respective charts. The in-your-face declaration arose during an aftershow bar argument between GF and Humble Pie as to the relative merits of U.S. vs. British rockers. GF drummer Don Brewer summed up his group’s stance by shouting out, “We’re an American band!” The anthemic song and new producer Todd Rundgren’s commercial touch proved to be a winning combination. Band roared to #1, bringing the critically maligned group the singles success that had previously eluded them.

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Produced by:

  • Todd Rundgren

Lyrics Written by:

  • Don Brewer