American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 5/31/75: Grand Funk, “Bad Time”

Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited slightly from the original.

There are quite a few disks from 95 that I still enjoy to this day: chief among them are Relish by Joan Osborne, 100% Fun by Matthew Sweet, self-titled debuts from Elastica and Ben Folds Five, and the jumping-off point for this note, Tomorrow the Green Grass by the Jayhawks. Released on Valentine’s Day, TtGG found its way into my hands sometime that spring after hearing/seeing “Blue” on VH-1. I had met my wife-to-be a few months earlier, and I think my first listens came in Martha’s apartment; it was fantastic from first track to last. One of the most enjoyable concerts I’ve ever seen was the Wilco/Jayhawks show I caught at the Kentucky Theater that summer.

Track 7 is “Bad Time,” a cover of Grand Funk’s last Top 40 hit, which reached #4 (#6 here). I’ve been quite familiar with GF’s big hits “We’re an American Band,” “The Loco-Motion,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” since I was 10 or 11, but “Bad Time” didn’t ring the slightest bell as I listened to the Jayhawks over and over that spring and summer. I’ve since gotten to know the original, but probably still prefer the cover. What I can say for sure is that, contra Mark Farner, GF’s leader and the songwriter here, when I first encountered this song I must have picked a good, great, fantastic time to be in love.

4 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 5/31/75: Grand Funk, “Bad Time””

  1. Meanwhile, my favorite GFR track (although a staple of classic rawk radio) is “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home.” ALways makes me think of feeding quarters into video games at the Erlanger Super Bowl.


    1. Before you moved to NKY, it was known as the Roll ‘n’ Bowl–they had a skating rink on one of the levels. I bowled quite a bit the last couple of years in high school, as often in Florence as Erlanger.

      Trying to remember where I gamed while in HS. Probably a variety of places in Florence, Walton, and Crittenden.

      I like “Closer to Home” well enough; I’d probably pick “Loco-Motion” as my favorite–guess it’s a spring of 74 thing.


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