Funk Me Hard - Live
Zigaboo Modeliste And Gaboon’s Gang
(legendary drummer of the Original Meters)
Funk Me Hard – Live is an eclectic symposium of Zigaboo Modeliste’s funk originals, recorded live at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans in 1980. This EP is a close peek at Zigaboo’s musical evolution, as he was just departing from the Meters at the time of the recording. His songwriting genius is brilliantly present in these songs, resulting in a unique, funky musical experience. Funk Me Hard- Live is a history-making timepiece, delivering the intensity of live performance, as well as a session in funk mastery.
The recording of this show was done by a small group of filmmakers who generated an idea to record The Meters live in concert. The show consisted of four acts—The Meters, The Neville Brothers, George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, and Zigaboo’s band called Gaboon’s Gang. Fortunately, Zigaboo secured the 24 track audio recording master of the show and transferred it to digital. While the original idea was to release the concert on video, the film remains at large to this day.
The opening song “Let’s Get Fired Up,” is a composition written and recorded by Zigaboo that was used in conjunction with Popeye’s Chicken advertising as a unofficial Football Fight Song for the New Orleans Saints in 1980.
“Standing in Your Stuff” has stood the test of time and even today is a mainstay at Zigaboo’s live performances. It has been covered by other New Orleans funksters, including Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, and offers a groove that few have matched in the genre of funk classics.
The last 3 songs on the EP “More Power to You”, “I Don’t Know Why”, “I Know You Don’t Know” are all powerfully funky treats to the real deal in live music.
Funk Me Hard – Live is a treasure that is guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance. These archived jewels of music will put you in touch with the indigenous experience of a New Orleans Heartbeat—the incomparable drumbeat of the legendary Zigaboo Modeliste.
About the Artist
Ziggy recorded on all the Original LP’s with “The Meters” and is sampled many times over from artists such as Musiq, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Salt N’ Pepa, Cypress Hill, EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Naughty by Nature, Tweet just to name a few. Ziggy is a BMI award winner for Young Gunz, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” and also Ziggy’s drum sound provided the main loops for Amerie’s “1Thing” nominated for 2 Grammy’s which also reached the R & B charts at #1. Ziggy has written over 200 songs individually and collectively with “The Meters” that display his songwriting genius and distinctive Funk Styles. This collection of songs has been released on over 36 albums nationally and internationally. His tunes have also been in movies such as “Two Can Play That Game”, “Jackie Brown”, “Drum Line”, “8 Mile” a Nike Commercial for Footaction and most recently the TV show, Ludicris VS Tommy Lee on Planet Green and the movie “Hancock”