The Meters are an American funk band formed in 1965 by Zigaboo Modeliste (drums), George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), and Art Neville (keyboards) in New Orleans. The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977 and played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint. Their original songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics. While they rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered originators of funk along with artists like James Brown, and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians.
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The early 1970s LPs by rhe Meters, on the then fashionable Reprise label, were well received by rock critics who were starting to pay attention to New Orleans R&B styles, and Peel played tracks from them on his shows. In 1986, Charly Records released a reissue album of the Meters' earlier material, originally recorded for the Josie label, which JP played quite often in the spring of that year.
- 13 June 1972: Birds (LP – Cabbage Alley) Reprise
- 10 July 1973: You’ve Got To Change (You’ve Got To Reform) (LP – Cabbage Alley) Reprise
- 24 September 1974: People Say (7") Reprise
- 26 January 1982: People Say (7") Reprise
- 03 February 1982: Just Kissed My Baby (album - Rejuvenation) Reprise
- 17 February 1982: Africa (b/w 7" - People Say) Reprise
- 10 February 1986: Joog (LP - Here Comes The Metermen) Charly R&B
- 12 February 1986: Funky Miracle (LP - Here Come The Metermen) Charly R&B
- 18 February 1986: Britches (LP - Here Comes The Metermen) Charly R&B
- 04 March 1986: Simple Song (LP - Here Comes The Meter Men) Charly
- 12 March 1986: Liver Splash (LP - Here Comes The Meter Men) Charly R&B
- 06 February 2001: Tippi Toes (LP - Cissy Strut) Island