Greatest Hits

Working at a classic rock radio station, you get your fair share of Grand Funk Railroad burned into your consciousness. Whether it’s during one of the Firecracker 500 weekends where the jocks count down the Top 500 classic rock songs…ever. Side rant: The top 5 songs are always by The Who, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC and The Doors; the Program Director just changes the order every year to keep you tuned in to find out if “Stairway To Heaven” will edge out “Baba O’Reilly” or “Freebird”.

Back to Grand Funk Railroad…

I was having a late breakfast at The 5 Point Cafe with the wife. The jukebox has been voted the best jukebox in Seattle and no, it’s not one that connects to the internet so you can download any track imaginable. It’s just a straight-up jukebox that holds about 100 CDs with everything from ABBA to ZZ Top. Sometimes the jukebox playlist is so full of paid requests that you have no idea when your songs are going to play.

Digging into my Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, I can only imagine what the impending food coma is going to be like. Wife and I talk about our plans for the weekend, what shopping we need to do, etc. Once the conversation dies down I tuck into the remainder of breakfast. I hadn’t been paying attention to what was playing on the jukebox but it’s funny how some music will bring you out of your food trance and make your ears prick up. This time it was Grand Funk Railroad’s “Inside-Looking Out”. It was in the middle of a long solo that I thought to myself, “Who is this?”

Fortunately the track was long enough for me to process what I was enjoying, jump up to the jukebox and make a note of what was playing. Sure enough, it was on the Greatest Hits CD and it had some other tracks that I enjoyed (“We’re An American Band”) and some that I hands down loathed (“The Loco-Motion”).

We're An American Band3:27
Time Machine3:45
Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)4:05
Some Kind Of Wonderful3:23
Shinin' On5:56
Rock & Roll Soul3:30
The Loco-Motion2:47
Footstompin' Music3:47
Mean Mistreater4:56
Take Me5:06
Bad Time2:56
I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)10:00
Inside-Looking Out9:31