Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Feb 1, 2012 18:03:04 GMT
"Largely thanks to their Narcissistic singer The Doors remain much mocked be serious rock fans."
This is the constant knife in the side of The Doors and sadly it is self inflicted. It hurts me that my fave band get this scorn but it is nothing to do with Jim. His behavior was no worse than many of his peers and a lot of them were seriously more pompous and self absorbed. This is the tripe DiCillo was peddling in that garbage When You're Strange and it just does not stand up to scrutiny. Morrison was hardly narcissistic as he had a very well grounded opinion of his ability and worth. He was in no way Egocentric and his own actions back up such a claim. Why would someone who thought he was the be all and end all go to such trouble to destroy his own Myth? We know he was modest with regard his poetry skills. Babe Hill was a witness to that.
He was thoughtful and articulate and thought about what he wanted to say before he said it. Yes he was raucous and showed off a bit on stage but so did Alice Cooper BUT he does not get the shit Jim does. We know he was uncertain of his singing ability and had an inherent shyness. The showing off was probably his way of hiding that. Plenty of rockers had more outrageous stage acts than Jim.
No for me this stems from the last 40 years of the Ex Doors looking to make a buck out of Morrison. They with one hand prattle on about the Poet and their great friend then with the other trash his character. It's been going on so long that Morrison can never be looked at with an even eye. there is always this Jimbo nonsense that the rest trawl out whenever they want to get a bit of attention.
I find this incredibly sad that of all the great rock stars in the Pantheon of Rock Jim Morrison never gets a fair shake. Who do I blame? Well three of them are on the cover of LA Woman and I don't mean the dead guy.
Also it's clear that She Sucks Shit was a mistake. This should never have been put out as the centrepiece of this release as it simply feeds what I have been saying. It's a daft drunken Jam and should have been released with the rest of the material and left off LAW. It detracts from the brilliance of the album.
Most of the extra tracks certainly do not degenerate into sloppy stoner jams at all so I dunno what album this guy has been listening to. In fact out of the 7 actual out takes from the actual album ALL are completed takes and not ONE degenerates in any way. Also a rock writer who does not know that Rock Me is a blues classic and not a 'generic blues rock pastiche' should not be writing for a music magazine.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Feb 2, 2012 10:34:09 GMT
Not a bad little Doors feature and one that I learned a couple of things from which is always worthwhile. I got it as it had Max Bell's name to it and he is my all time fave rock writer just ahead of Geoff Barton. Max is also a fan of Blue Öyster Cult and there is a great Cult feature as well in the mag. Krieger's boast of having done 75% of the music is a little egotistical...and they say Jim was the egomaniac To start with Jim generally had a melody in his head for his song/poems which he would articulate to the others and they would fill in chords for him. Jim did not know chords but played a little piano. Then there was the Jazz influence of John and Ray who were two experienced musicians with a flair for arranging. To make a claim that THEY had a minor role in the music of The Doors is daft in the extreme. Of course Robby and Jim would collaborate on a lot of songs as it is probably easier to work up the basic song with a guitar then a set of drums but once the basic chords were worked out the jazzers would have been involved a lot. I am sure that the stats would not be 25% for each Door but Krieger belittles the talents of two of his very talented band mates with this claim. Like a lot of what Robby has said in the last few years it does not hold water under scrutiny.
"That's the trouble with reality!.... it's taken far too seriously! I do hope God is good to me and Santa Claus to the children! Celebrate...this parties over...I'm going home!"
Listening to LAW disc 2 again ... that reviewer is obviously not a musician (they never are; or they are frustrated musicians at best).
The takes do not devolve into "stoner jams." I think he may get that impression because the sections that are open for solos go on a little bit longer than they do on the master takes. The tunes and their structures were evolving on-the-spot, in the studio. Dipshit.