The Doors are in interesting band to do a ‘deep dive’ treatment on. It’s a band I listened to a lot growing up, but I don’t listen to all that much anymore. And as I started going through each album, I realized why. A good chunk of their material doesn’t necessarily hold up the older you get, especially some of the album tracks from their middle years (Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, the Soft Parade). But they’re a great band to listen to as a teenager when you’re full of rebellion. The Doors, and especially Jim Morrison embodied that to a T.
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Our Roots song(s) of the Day:
Here’s an excellent live rehearsal of Peace Frog (no vocals) and it’s partner song, ‘Blue Sunday.’
Something Robb and I talked about that didn’t make it on the show, was how important Jim Morrison was to the band. He’s obviously the central figure, and without him, the Doors aren’t a band that gets the stature is has. Looks, showmanship, controversy, he set the mold for how a rock frontman was supposed to look and act. The one thing he wasn’t too good at…and this is important for a front man, SINGING! Robb said Morrison was the band’s meal ticket (true), and that whatever direction he wanted to go, the rest of the band said, ‘ok.’ I don’t know if I agree with the second part. The rest of the band were very skilled musicians, and they purposely didn’t want to sound like anyone else. Ray Manzarek’s keyboard definitely helped with that distinction, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. Listening to it now, some of it sounds like it belongs on a kids album or something you’d hear at a circus (credit to friend of the show Chuq).
One of the things Robb brought up this week was how the band’s songs lent themselves more to movies, to the point where you visualize the song, whether it’s ‘The End’ or ‘When the Music’s Over,’ or my personal favorite, ‘The Celebration of the Lizard.’
Next week we’ll do Roots on Motley Crue, just in time for their Netflix movie, The Dirt!
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