It’s not a stretch to suggest that New Orleans’ quintessential funk band, The Meters, pretty much invented funk music as we know it. It’s also not the fevered imagination of music lovers to argue that funk gave birth to the hip-hop movement. After all, The Meters were sampled left and right by the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Run DMC and other rap stars of the 1980s and ‘90s. And given the number of artists The Meters have backed (Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Paul McCartney), one could say they’re one of the most influential bands out of The Big Easy when it comes to funk. Throw in their seminal funk hits like “Cissy Strut,” and a slew of other booty-shaking jams from a long and fruitful career and we can just go ahead and declare them The Funkiest Band on the planet.
The Meter Men features three quarters of the original Meters lineup: drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr., and John Gros on Keys from Papa Grows Funk. Ladies and gentlemen, this is funk!