Review #86: The Doors, The Doors

Karla Clifton
2 min readMay 20, 2021

#86: The Doors, The Doors

I had a friend who was hazed to the Doors in college while he was pledging his fraternity. They made them all sleep in the basement of their frat house and played “Light My Fire” on repeat all night. That needly keyboard solo, over and over and over, invading your nightmares and possibly even your dreams? That song gives me chills to this day.

Jim Morrison is a pretty tragic figure (in the 27 Club, first rock star to be arrested onstage, addict) but he’s got that poet-rock-star-reputation, like Patti Smith. To be honest, the Doors don’t really do it for me. If they were so cool, why are they dead?

However:

Dad: GO TO YOUR ROOM! Son: JIM MORRISON WAS OVERRATED! Dad: NO SLAMMING THE DOORS!

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Break On Through (To the Other Side)” —This is the best song on this album, and also the one that most resembles music.

“Soul Kitchen” — Don’t hate me but this sounds just like Smash Mouth’s “Walking On The Sun.”

“Twentieth Century Fox” — The stop-and-start chorus on this is so fun.

“Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” — Don’t hate me (or do) but this sounds a lot like My Chemical Romance’s “Mama.”

“Light My Fire” — Yes, this is a great song, but imagine for a moment you’re an 18-year old kid from Illinois huddled in some roach-infested basement with twenty other sweaty dudes you just met, and you’re this person for eight hours.

“The End” — According to the RS blurb they were fired from Whisky-a-Go-Go for playing this song, which is crazy to me because it’s pretty much a funeral dirge with Jim Morrison shouting very emo lyrics. I really like this song, but I had no idea it was 11 freaking minutes long?

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“The Crystal Ship” — Here’s the thing, most of these songs toe the fine line between “ethereal” and “annoying” for me. This is one of the ones that landed in “annoying.”

“Back Door Man” — This is another.

“I Looked At You” — And this one. But, look, people love the Doors, and Jim Morrison left an indelible legacy.

IS RS FULL OF IT?

Who am I to slam the Doors?

Review #85: Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

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