“Strange days have found us, and, through their strange hours, we linger alone.”

The Doors – “Strange Days” from Strange Days (1967)
The Doors – “People Are Strange” from Strange Days (1967)

I’m not sure how my fellow SWR-mates feel about The Doors, but I think they’re top-notch, as long as you can excuse Jim “Bozo Dionysus” Morrison’s poetic posturing. Morrison was a great singer, with a good sense of drama, a precise delivery, and a way with a holler, but as a wordsmith, the man often left something to be desired. Let’s not even think about “The End.”

But the songs! And the band! They wrote perfect little creepy pop ditties, immediate as a folk song, stuff that’d be at home on Broadway–unlike their contemporaries in Love or the Jefferson Airplane, they didn’t reach after odd baroque melodies, but wrote tunes so obvious you can’t believe you hadn’t known then already. And they played tighter and groovier than any other white rock group of the time, except for the Stones and the Stooges. And, to be perfectly honest, I like The Doors better than almost any other “psychedelic group,” including Pink Floyd or Love or even the Dead.

When The Music’s Over, Buy Some More

Posted by Glenn


Filed under 1960s, Psychedelic, Rock

4 responses to ““Strange days have found us, and, through their strange hours, we linger alone.”

  1. I think one of the most interesting things about The Doors is that they had no bass player. Ray Manzarek played all the bass lines on a keyboard.

    “Weird scenes inside the goldmine”

  2. Step outside the doors as a totally overplayed on classic rock radio, frat-boy singalongs “woke up this morning and I got myself a bee-aa!”, and the movie, and the general overexposure. The doors are a really weird band. Like Adam above said, no bass player. Robbie Krieger with his kinda sloppy, flamenco/jazz runs, and Densmore is one of the most unique drummers in the 60s/classic/psychedelic genre – tickytacky, small-kit, jazzy and expressive. Take a song like “Spanish Caravan,” where they go from classical acoustic flamenco guitar to disorienting wiggly fuzzed out dizzy distortion, including some of those dorky Jim Morrison lines (Andalusia with fields full of grain / I have to see you again and again) all in LESS THAN 2 MINUTES!

  3. I agree…all three Doors’ instrumentalists are quite accomplished. And the movie was really bad.

  4. I’m with you there, Bandy. I heard Krieger or Manzarek on public radio a few years back, who said, “We played beatnik music, except good.”

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