Copyright By Flora Breen Robison
A Controversial Band
The Doors were a legendary American rock and roll band from the 1960s to the 1970’s that sparked controversy in their lyrics and behaviour. The lines in their classic hit “light My Fire” is generally believed to refer to drug use. “You know that it would be untrue. You know that I would be a liar. If I was to say to you: Girl we couldn’t get much higher. Come on Baby, light my fire.” Singing those lyrics on national television got them the same type of flack that The Rolling Stones would get when they sang the original lyrics to Let’s Spend The Night Together on The Ed Sullivan Show. Morrison was just as unconcerned as Mick Jagger. Lead singer Jim Morrison was famous for being indecent in public, especially during The Doors’ later concerts.
The Doors existed from 1965 to 1973, even though lead singer Jim Morrison died in 1971. The other original members of the band were John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek. The band’s original name was Rick and the Ravens. Why The Doors thought that they could continue live performances after Morrison’s death is uncertain. The lead singer with all his disturbing nasty behaviour was the star that was drawing the crowds. The other band members are great musicians, but Morrison was the lead singer and composed or co-composed all their music. The revamped Doors lasted two years. The surviving members continued in other bands and solo careers. Two surviving members of The Doors continued to tour playing The Doors music from time to time until 2002. Morrison was 27 when he died and continues to be legendary in his death.
The Doors recorded seven albums with Jim Morrison. This does not include their time as Rick and the Ravens. Their song “The End” was later included in the soundtrack to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, but did not appear on their their Greatest Hits album. A movie entitled The Doors starred Val Kilmer as the ill-fated Morrison and also included The End.
The following poem is based upon their Greatest Hits, as well as their contribution to the Francis Ford Coppola classic starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando.
The Doors Song
People Are Strange creatures.
They enjoy living in the past.
But this can be The End of sadness;
Happiness is in the right frame of mind.
Touch Me and you will Light My Fire.
Together we’ll be united Riders On The Storm.
Stop pining for that L.A. Woman;
Stop singing those Road House Blues.
Break On Through To The Other Side of Life.
Publicity Photo of The Doors by Joel Brodsky of Electra Records
Source: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons