The Meters

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The Meters are an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977. The band played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John. The Meters acted as the house band for Allen Toussaint's New Orleans soul classics of the 1960s and are responsible for bringing New Orleans second line grooves into popular music.

While The Meters rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered, along with artists like James Brown, one of the originators of funk music and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians working in the funk idiom.

The Meters' sound is defined by an earthy combination of tight melodic grooves and highly syncopated New Orleans "second-line" rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. Their songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Meters The Meters 2
1970 Look-Ka Py Py The Meters 4 5
1970 Struttin' The Meters 1
1972 Cabbage Alley The Meters 3
1974 Rejuvenation The Meters 4 3
1975 Fire on the Bayou The Meters 3
1976 Trick Bag The Meters 2
1992 The Meters Jam The Meters 1
2001 New Directions The Meters 3
2001 Struttin' The Meters 1
2013 Cabbage Alley The Meters 1
2014 Original Album Series The Meters 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 The Best of the Meters The Meters 1
1979 Good Old Funky Music The Meters 4
1991 Funky Miracle The Meters 1
1992 The Original Funkmasters The Meters 1
1993 Les Génies du Rock, Volume 17: Sophisticated Cissy The Meters 1
1994 Crescent City Groove Merchants The Meters 1
1994 Fundamentally Funky The Meters 1
1995 Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology The Meters 1
1997 The Very Best of the Meters The Meters 1
1999 The Very Best of the Meters The Meters 1
2001 Kickback The Meters 1
2001 Good Old Funky Music: 20 Upbeat Cool Down New Orleans Classics The Meters 1
2003 Zony Mash The Meters 1
2011 Here Comes the Meter Man: The Complete Josie Recordings 1968-1970 The Meters 1
2016 A Message from the Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 The Meters 1
Anthology - The Josie Years The Meters 1
Live At St. Bernard Civic Auditorium, Chalmette, LA 3-5-73 Professor Longhair & The Meters 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Uptown Rulers!: The Meters Live on the Queen Mary The Meters 1
2002 Funky Miracle: Live at the Moonwalker, Volume 1 The Meters 1
2002 Funky Miracle: Live at the Moonwalker, Volume 2 The Meters 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Good Old Funky Music / Sassy Lady The Meters 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 A Message From The Meters The Meters 2

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