Monday, April 17, 2006

The Meters and The Mentors: I just did not see the distinction




"You must be thinking of 'The Meters' not 'The Mentors!"

This past weekend after watching the world's most concised and informed documentary ever to grace the cut out bins "Kurt and Courtney" I actually confused the featured LA death porn metal band "The Mentors" with legendary harmonic New Orleans funk band "The Meters" and I'm still wondering what went wrong.
Was it an overexposure to excessive amounts of red dye #2 as a child in all that powdered cherry drink mix? Did I, the one with all the rock trivia, actually just have a lack of basic music history knowledge? Did I really think that Art Neville is in the same band as Sickie Wifebeater? I admittedly hve more knowledge about other sectors of rock history but I thought I knew what I was talking about...I now feel oddly special.

Here are some stats so no one repeats my mistakes:

The Mentors:
El Duce (Lord) : Drums, Vocals
Sickie Wifebeater : Guitar
Pope Heathen Scum : Bass

The Meters:
Art Neville
George porter Jr
Brain Stoltz
Russell Batiste

Song titles For the Mentors:
"Over the Top" track listing:
01. Suck for Rent
02. Young Fresh Tight Sweet Stuff
03. Over the Top
04. Sickie Sniffer Test
05. Electric Dick
06. Sex Booze Weed Speed
07. Whip It Out
08. Inches of Three
09. Oxy-Cution Date

Song Titles for The Meters:
01. Too Funky
02. Keep On Marching
03.Fire On The Bayou
04.People Say
05.The World Is Under the weather
06.Love Slip Up

Claim to fame of lead singers:
Art Neville: American singer and keyboardist, one of the New Orleans most richly gifted singers sought after by countless famous names (Stones, McCartney etc) to enhance their sound while weaving a tapestry of lush grooves and lyrical tones in his own bands like The Funky Meters.

El Duce: Founder of LA Rape Death Metal movement. Was said to never be without a flyswatter, claims to have been offered 50,00 grand to kill Kurt Cobain, boasted numerous times about proudly fathering crack babies and died after being hit by a train in Riverside California while drunk in 1997.

8 Comments:

Blogger rolywholyover said...

Wow...The Mentors remind me of my favorite of the Big Black spinoff bands, Rapeman, whose Two Nuns and a Pack Mule Album easily represents Steve Albini's best work.

I know, I know -- leave it to me to identify more with the artistic vision of "LA death porn metal" than "a tapestry of lush grooves and lyrical tones," but that's just me. I really dig hard beats and primal screams.

7:39 AM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

I would look at a few pics of El Duce before you start waxing poetic and identifying but that's just me.

3:04 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

N'kay, Super A, I'm blaming the red dye numero dos. You're too funny, too (I'm blaming your humor for the faux pais (sp); for the oopsie).

4:08 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

well I'm sure it's a common mistake. I don't know why but the New Orleans Death Metal Funk sound never really caught on.

4:11 PM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Oy Vey! Such a mix up, it's a Shunda!

Just kidding! I appreciate the info on The Meters, of course!

Sue

5:24 PM  
Blogger Debby C said...

I have been meaning to blog you. I just want to tell you that you were so funny and fun to watch on In the Attic a few weeks ago. Your a natural!

9:49 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Hey, I love Mr. Skin Very cool sounds.

Have you seen http://www.mrskin.com/
??

Totally perverted of course... :-)

4:38 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Amanda,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Meters and Neville Bros.

Just got back from a week in New Orleans. Miss it already.

(N.O.'s my home town)

- Lucy.

1:04 AM  

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