Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Jan 3, 2005 11:28:11 GMT
Robby has written some truly classic songs in his career but sadly after The Butts Band he seemed to dry up completely as a word man and concentrated on instrumental. He was responsible for most of The Doors biggest hits and had a knack for catchy 'pop' tunes. It seems odd but Morrison may well have been Robbys muse as Jim always seemed to bring out the best in him. I don't believe he thought he was in competition with Jim but for me Robby wanted to win the respect of the Doors poet extrodinaire.... After Jims death Robbys songs became rather dull with a few exceptions such as the irritating but fun Mosquito and the cool Baja Bus and I Won't Be Alone Anymore from the excellent Butts Band debut. After the piss poor 2nd Butts Band album deservedly flopped he stopped writing songs almost completely which was a shame as he seemed to have that rare touch that made him a natural writer of pop songs. I think Jim Morrison respected Robbys gift a great deal and it gave The Doors that rare edge of having two songwriting geniuses in one band.....
What do you guys think of Krieger the songwriter? Nominate one of the poll choices or champion your own choice...
Hard choices there. But you're right how could a man who wrote such classic hits those listed above than drops to near nothing. I firmly believe Jim pushed them all. For a better or worse whatever Jim cost them, he also pushed them to their artistic potential. Without Jim causing chaos & pushing them to the edge they fell back into complacency especially after Jim when they had the clout & money to do so.
Another thing I noticed about The Doors & what a force Jim was in their lives, none of The Doors had children until after Jim died, it could be coincedence, but I don't think so, Morrison was such a disruptive commotion they couldn't even think about children until after that cyclone of energy was gone.
I decided to go with Love Her Madly. LMF seems a truly collaborative effort, Touch Me too "pop" for me, You're Lost Little Girl maybe a bit too much under Jim's sway-I've heard Robby complain because everybody thought Jim wrote it. Spanish Caravan-NO, even Robby admits he basically took a flamenco riff & basically just used it, they even had to pay royalties to the Spanish composers family. Love Me Too Times- a contender I really like that, but LHM seems a just a little bit better, especially lyrically.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Jan 15, 2005 9:41:37 GMT
It was the first song Krieger ever wrote -- with additional lyrics from Morrison and arrangement ideas from the rest of the band. "It's like I'd saved up all the things in my mind until that time and had the chance to get it out all at once," Krieger told Rolling Stone. The song catapulted the Doors to overnight fame, which Krieger says was part of Morrison's plan: "Jim had this idea of the band being like a shooting star, going up real fast and becoming a huge success." "Fire" ran for seven minutes on the LP and was cut down to three, with Krieger's and keyboardist Manzarek's solos excised, on the single.
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time Rolling Stone Magazine December, 2004
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