170. The Meters

Just because you are not known in the annals of Billboard Magazine does not mean that you are not well known to the world of musicians.  Should an informal poll of successful musicians as to which band has the most respect the Meters would be a serious contender to top that list.   Considered by many as the definition of New Orleans Funk the Meters not only recorded their own albums but were often used as session artists for more known artists.  Their fans included Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger and their sound differed from other Funk bands of the era with a gritty, earthy sound that gave them a more natural feel.  They were barely commercially successful outside of their native Louisiana but national obscurity has not prevented other artists from reaching the hallowed halls of Cleveland.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1994   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New Orleans, LA)   Why They Will Get In: They define a sound (New Orleans Funk) and any group that defines a sound has to be taken seriously as a contender.   Why They Won’t Get In: They are barely known outside the music world and have no hits to their credit.   Nominated In: 1997 Class   Essential Albums: The Meters (1969) Look-Ka Py Py (1970) Struttin’ (1970) Rejuvenation (1974)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Cissy Strut (From The Meters, 1969) Sophisticated Cissy (From The Meters, 1969) Dry Spell (From Look-Ka Py Py) Chicken Strut (From Struttin’, 1970) Africa (From Rejuvenation, 1974)   www.themetersonline.com {acepolls 200}

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