Mardi Gras Mambo (1975)

The Meters

The Best Of The Meters
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Written in 1953, after its first incarnation as a Country & Western number, (odd as that sounds), in 1954 “Mardi Gras Mambo” fell into the hands of The Hawkettes. In The Hawkettes was 17-year-old Art Neville who would later help form The Meters. For decades proto-Meter groups, The Meters themselves and the legacy Funky Meters would perform and record the Dixieland-based, musical prayer to Fat Tuesday.

It’s a revel and a ramble you would be hard pressed not to hear during the week leading up to Ash Wednesday. The Meters keep it funky but lurking in the swirling colors of “Mardi Gras Mambo” is plenty of swing and their irrepressible sense of the absurd.

In Gert Town
Where the cats all meet
There’s a Mardi Gras mambo
With a beat
Join the Chief with the Zulu gang
And truck on down
Where the mambo’s swing