Friday, February 04, 2005

The Meters bring the funk into Friday

The Meters

Eldridge Holmes - Pop, Popcorn Children (New Link)

Betty Harris - There's A Break In The Road (New Link)

It's Friday and it's time for The Meters. After all I am a blog who specializes in funk and soul so it had to happen sooner or later. However, rather than list some of their excellent own music I thought I'd put up two songs where they were the backing band. Both songs have The Meters funky fingerprints all over them and are blisteringly energetic.

The first track, Pop, Popcorn Children by Eldridge Holmes is almost too good for words. It draws you in slowly with a sweet little guitar and piano intro before the drums kick in and these drums are something else entirely. Add in a the horn section, Eldridge's "Popcorn" shout outs and one of the most bizarre bridges I've ever heard where the whole song sounds like it's falling apart and you end up with something that is really very very special. You can read more about Eldridge in the very complete biography here.

The second track, There's Break In The Road by Betty Harris is more of a standard Meters affair but that doesn't make it any less funky. Once again I love the drums on this track and the way the tightness of the trumpets and guitar slowly warp until you get layered noise over the track. Special mention should go out to Betty's vocals as well which are just the right level of sassy, you can read more about her here.

Hmm, just noticed those sites highlight the two tracks I've posted, a coincidence I assure you.

You can get Betty Harris' full back catalogue on CD HERE. Not so sure about Eldridge Holmes but have a look around and you should be able to pick up his stuff on an Atlantic compilation.

With those funk stormers I think it might be time to diverse a bit next week.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

seems like the download limit is already used up for the elridge holmes track ;-(

kindofblue

Anonymous said...

Actually, I have found the DL limit has been reached for many tracks here. I guess we'll just have to get on up with it sooner if we wanna be able to try a slice of what I'm sure are some tasty tunes. That's the downside of success I guess. Great site BTW, I'm lovin' it when I can get through... just hafta set my alarm clock from now on.
~AKD

The Humanity Critic said...

Great post, I'm definitely digging the blog..

Junior said...

Yeah basically I have no html skills and, since i'm posting from a work machine, don't really have the time or access to sort it out.

I'll try and keep an eye on songs where the limit is reached quickly and respost them, glad to see you're enjoying the site!

Sigurdór said...

I could download some application ... shouldn't it have been an MP3 file ??

Xanax Taxi said...
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Xanax Taxi said...

Well what do you know! It downloads in Internet Explorer but not in Mozilla Firefox.. strange and
bummer .. but hey ,.. whatever works..

http://xanaxtaxi.blogspot.com/

Junior said...

Xanax Taxi, afriad that's typical, sorry to hear about the problems with Firefox, one day i'll get this site set up with proper links..................one day...........Nice site by the way, keep up the good work there.

Sigidori, not sure what application you're getting, tried the links and they seem fine to me though Popcorn has run out again.

Xanax Taxi said...

I had they same problem with downloading (also from my own mp3 blog), getting these applications that is, but I found out that all problems were solved when I switched to Internet Explorer. Even though I prefer Firefox.

Xanax Taxi said...

And thanx btw. Junior and likewise ... keep up the good work! :)

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