Friday, February 04, 2005
The Meters bring the funk into Friday
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.