After seeing them doin’ their thing once again on Sunday at the Voodoo Experience, I think it’s time to help spread the word. If you frequent this page, thank you, and also you probably are fully aware of The Meters importance to not only New Orleans music, but to the world of funk at large.
So here is the mission: The Meters deserve induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and we, the fans of funk, need to help them get there. After Dr. John’s long overdue recognition last year, perhaps the tides are turning and the Hall is starting to take notice of the legendary bands from the Crescent City. If you love The Meters, do your part: like this page by clicking here, tell your mother, your brother, your sister, your grannie and your neighbors that the time has come. Let’s help spread the word.
It doesn’t seem right that one of the progenitors of funk, who defined a famous sound that still resonates worldwide and is beloved by so many Hall of Famers (Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, to name a few) still hasn’t been given apt consideration.
Not that this kind of recognition is needed to prove that The Meters are a great and worthy band, but perhaps a Hall nom could serve as the long overdue impetus to make theirs more of a household name to the casual music fan, instead of just being one the more revered band in artist and music fanatic circles.
Spread the word, folks.
Over the last several years, Wesley Hodges has been a steady contributor to JamBase. He also writes about music for NolaVie, and is editor of Live Music Blog: NOLA.