were a popular and influential American rock band that was
formed in 1965 in Los Angeles.
Jim Morrison — Lead vocals
Robby Krieger — Guitars
Ray Manzarek — Organ, piano, keyboard, keyboard
John Densmore — Drums, percussion
in 1965 in Los Angeles, California, after a meeting between
UCLA film school students Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek,
"The Doors" became one of the premier acts of the late
1960s. The two had known each other at UCLA and met by
beach in July 1965. Morrison told Manzarek he had been
writing songs and, at Manzarek's encouragement, sang "Moonlight Drive".
Manzarek immediately suggested they form a band.
Ray Manzarek was already in the band called Rick And The
Ravens with his brother Rick Manzarek while Robby Krieger
and John Densmore were playing with The Psychedelic Rangers,
and knew Manzarek from shared meditation instruction. In
August Densmore joined the group and, along with members of
the Ravens and an unidentified female bass player, recorded
a six-song demo on September 2. This was widely bootlegged
and appeared in full on the 1997 Doors box set.
month the group recruited talented guitarist Robby Krieger
and the final lineup—Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger and
Densmore—was complete. Manzarek solved their lack of bassist
by playing bass on a Fender Rhodes bass keyboard with his
left hand and keyboards with his right hand.
band took their name from the title of a book by Aldous
Huxley, The Doors of Perception, which was in turn
borrowed from a line of poetry by the 18th century artist
and poet William Blake: "If the doors of perception were
cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is:
the group was playing The London Fog club and soon graduated
to the prestigious Whisky a Go Go. On August 10 they were
spotted by Elektra Records president Jac Holzman on the
insistence of Love singer Arthur Lee, whose group was on
Elektra. On August 18 the group signed with the label. The
timing was immaculate when, on August 21, the band was fired
from the club after a profanity filled performance of "The
End". In an incident that was a foretelling of the
controversy that would follow the group, a tripping Morrison
bellowed during the "Oedipal" section of the song
"Mother...I want to...fuck you!!!".
Jack Holzman and Paul Rothchild saw two sets of the band
playing at Whisky A Go Go, the first uneven, but the second
mesmerizing, the band was signed to the Elektra Records
label beginning a long and successful partnership with
producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. Their
self-titled debut LP featured most of the major songs from
their set, including the eleven-minute musical drama, "The
End". With the band at the peak of their form and bristling
with energy and ambition, the album was recorded in only a
few days, in late August and early September 1966, almost
entirely live in the studio, with most songs captured in a
single take. Morrison and Manzarek also directed an
innovative promotional film for the single "Break on
Through", which was an important stepping stone in the
development of the music video genre.
Released in January 1967, the album caused a sensation in
music circles and the second single released from it, "Light
My Fire", became a major hit, establishing the group
alongside Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead as one of
the top new American bands of 1967. It was released in April
but did not hit the top, with the long middle solo cut out,
until July. In September the group played the song live on
the popular Ed Sullivan Show where Morrison sang the word
"higher", despite being asked not to by the CBS Network.
Sullivan did not come out to shake the band members' hands,
as was his custom. They also performed a new single "People
Are Strange" which they repeated for DJ Murray The K's TV
show on September 22. Earlier in the month the group
recorded a dazzling version of "The End" for CBS in Toronto.
It remained unreleased until the release of The Doors
Soundstage Performances DVD.
his saturnine good looks, magnetic stage presence and
skin-tight leather trousers, Morrison quickly became one of
the major pop sex symbols of his day, although he soon
became frustrated with the strictures of stardom.
second Doors LP, Strange Days, cemented the group's
reputation. More subdued and less spontaneous than the
debut, the album is notable for its evocative lyricism and
atmosphere. Closing track "When The Music's Over" was again,
like "The End" lengthy and dramatic and helped establish
Morrison's reputation as the wild shaman of rock. Yet the
album was also strongly commercial and featured well-known
Doors songs, "Love Me Two Times" and "Moonlight Drive".
Morrison's status as a figure of rebellion was further
cemented on December 9 when he was arrested in New Haven,
Connecticut for badmouthing the police to the audience from
the stage. Morrison said he had been maced by an overzealous
cop after he was caught backstage with a girl. The group
finished a successful year on December 27 by taping "Light
My Fire" and "Moonlight Drive" for the Jonathan Winters
Show. From December 26 to 28 the group played at The
Winterland San Francisco and then two dates in
on December 30 and 31, capping off a year of almost constant
result of their success, The Doors forfeited their status as
Underground heroes. They allowed Sixteen magazine to
portray them as teen idols and their "spontaneous"
stage-show was exposed as not-so-spontaneous after all. An
article by Jerry Hopkins in the February 10, 1968 edition of
Rolling Stone typified the fall from grace:
shtick, or piece of stage-business, missing at the Shrine
performance, was Morrison's carefully-executed 'accidental'
fall from the stage into the crowd. For months this had been
a part of the act. It got a lot of screams from the
teenyboppers. Then a review appeared in a local newspaper
which called the fall one of the phoniest things ever.
Morrison was asked if he'd read the article. 'Yeah,' said
Morrison, 'and I guess he's right.' Morrison did not take
the fall that night at the Shrine."
sessions for the group's third album took place in April as
Morrison became increasingly dependent on alcohol.
Approaching the height of their popularity The Doors played
a series of outdoor shows which led to frenzied scenes
between fans and police, particularly at Chicago Coliseum on
third LP, Waiting for the Sun, (1968) showed the band
beginning to branch out from their initial form, as they
exhausted their original repertoire and began writing new
material. It became their first #1 LP and the single "Hello,
I Love You" was their second and last US #1 single. The
album is eclectic in style, sometimes inconsequential, and
much less unified than the first two, despite containing
some fine material. It further isolated them from the
underground cognoscenti. As Lilian Roxon described it in her
1969 Rock Encyclopaedia, the album "strengthened
dreadful suspicion that the Doors were in it just for the
money". It also included the song "The Unknown Soldier", for
which they created another self-directed music video, and
"Not to Touch the Earth", excerpted from their legendary
thirty-minute concept piece Celebration of the Lizard,
although they were reportedly unable to record a
satisfactory version of the entire piece for the LP. This
was eventually released on a later greatest hits CD
after riotous scenes at the Singer Bowl,
the group flew for their first dates outside of
North America, to
The group held a press conference at the ICA Gallery,
and played shows at The Roundhouse Theatre. The results of
the trip were broadcast on Granada TV's "The Doors Are Open"
and were later released on video. The group then played
dates in Europe including a show in Amsterdam without
Morrison after he collapsed from a drug binge. Morrison
returned to London on September 20 and stayed for a month.
group played nine more
US dates and got to work in November on their fourth
LP. 1969 would be a very difficult year for the group but it
started well with a sold out show at the prestigious Madison
Square Garden, New York on January 24 and with the success
of new single "Touch Me" (released in December 1968), which
hit US #3.
month Morrison attended a theatre production which changed
the course of his and the group's life. At the
Bovard Auditorium The Living Theatre took to the stage for a
highly charged show which urged people to cast aside their
inhibitions to freedom.
show appealed to Morrison's quest for personal freedom, the
results of which can be heard the next evening, February 25,
during a studio jam which became the legendary "Rock Is
Dead" session, later released on the 1997 Doors box set. The
stage had been set for the most controversial episode of
Morrison's life and one of the most notorious rock stories.
of The Doors, the music included socially, psychologically
and politically charged lyrics mostly written by 'The Lizard
King', Jim Morrison. The jazz drumming of John Densmore, the
swirling keyboards of Ray Manzarek, whose left hand played
the parts typically associated with bass guitar, and Robby
Krieger's guitar playing, which showed the influence of
flamenco, Indian, the blues and classical music, combined to
form a distinctive sound. The Doors were unusual among rock
groups in that they did not use a bass guitarist in concert,
with Manzarek playing the bass lines on a Fender electric
keyboard bass, an offshoot of the well-known Fender Rhodes
electric piano. However, the group utilized bass players
such as Jerry Scheff, Doug Lubahn, Harvey Brooks, Kerry
Magness, Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan on their albums.
The Doors' originals were composed communally, with Morrison
usually contributing the lyrics and some melody, while the
others hammered out the beat and flow of the song. While
Morrison and Manzarek were walking on the beach in
California, they passed an African-American girl, and
Morrison wrote the lyrics to Hello I Love You in a
single night, referring to the girl as the "dusky jewel".
The song received some criticism at the time for its
resemblance to The Kinks'
1965 hit "All Day and All of the Night". Ray Davies, lead
singer of the Kinks, sued
the Doors for stealing the rhythm of "All Day and All of the
Doors quickly earned a reputation as a challenging and
entertaining live act, as well as having a rebellious
reputation. Jim Morrison was arrested on stage in New Haven
for foul language which he had directed toward police at the
concert. In one appearance on September 17, 1967 with a live
performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on the Columbia
Broadcasting System network, the network's censors demanded
the group change its lyrics in its song, Light My Fire,
altering the line, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher"
because of the reference to drugs. However, Morrison sang
the original line instead, and on live television with no
delay CBS was powerless to stop it. Ed Sullivan was so
furious that he refused to shake their hands and they were
never invited back. Morrison later insisted he was nervous
during the performance and forgot to change the line.
most infamous incident occurred at the March 1, 1969 Dinner
Key Auditorium concert in Miami, Florida. Morrison allegedly
exposed himself during the performance. Morrison had been
drinking since missing his flight to the show. The 6,900
seat auditorium had been oversold by almost double the
hall's capacity and fans were sweltering without air
conditioning. From the moment the band walked on stage
Morrison started bellowing into the microphone: "Now listen
here, I ain't talking 'bout no revolution and I'm not talkin'
about no demonstrations.
talking about having a good time, I'm talking about having a
good time this summer. And you all come out to L.A., you all
get out there, we're gonna lie down there in the sand and
rub our toes in the ocean, and we're gonna have a good time,
are you ready, are you ready, are you ready, are you ready,
are you ready, are you ready, are you ready, are you ready?
"Now listen! I used to think the whole thing was a big joke.
I used to think it was something to laugh about. And then
the last couple of nights I met some people who were doing
somethin'! They're tryin' to change the world! And I wanna
get on that trip! I wanna change the world. Wanna change it.
Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhh - change it."
a few minutes Morrison had changed his tune: "Now listen,
I'm not talkin' about no revolution, an' I'm not talkin'
about no demonstration! I'm talkin' about having fun! I'm
talkin' about dancin'! I wanna see you people get up and
dance! I wanna see you people dancin' in the street this
summer! I wanna see you have some fun. I wanna see you run
around. I wanna see you paint the town. I wanna see you
ringin' out. I wanna see you shout. I wanna see some fun. I
wanna see some fun from everyone."
recording nears its end with the ominous words: "ANYTHING
YOU WANT! LET'S DO IT! LET'S DO IT! LET'S DO IT!"
incident remains inconclusive. Morrison said: "I wasted a
lot of time with the Miami trial. About a year and a half.
But I guess it was a valuable experience because before the
trial I had a very unrealistic schoolboy attitude about the
American judicial system. My eyes have been opened up a
Morrison as the lead singer received the most attention of
the group, as well as getting a far larger image of himself
on album covers, he was quite adamant about all the members
of the group getting recognition. Before one concert when
the announcer introduced the group as "Jim Morrison and The
Doors", Morrison in a rage refused to appear unless he
announced the group again, solely as "The Doors". While he
never felt close to his real life family, he was extremely
protective of the rest of the members of The Doors.
Reportedly, he once told Ray Manzarek that he never felt
comfortable in a social setting unless Ray or another member
of the band were with him. Many people have since come to
the conclusion that he viewed The Doors as his surrogate
family. This may be attributed the fact that he not only
repeatedly turned down every solo album opportunity he was
ever offered, but that the remaining members of The Doors
refused to replace him as the singer of the band after his
Although the band's reputation was damaged Morrison was
quietly relieved by the results of the Miami incident. He
later said: "I think I was just fed up with the image that
had been created around me...and so I put an end to it in
one glorious evening".
Released from the chain of touring Morrison recorded some of
his poetry that month and, in April, began shooting footage
for HWY, an experimental film about a hitchhiker, played by
Morrison. The poetry session was used for the 1978 album An
American Prayer where it was set to new music by The Doors.
HWY, which contains virtually no dialogue, circulates among
collectors although an official release has been rumored.
last two years of his life Morrison curtailed his former
prodigious intake of psychedelic drugs and began drinking
heavily, which in turn soon began to affect his performance,
both on stage and in the studio. Apparently trying to escape
the image of "The Lizard King" that had come to dominate
him, Morrison put on weight and grew a thick beard, forcing
Elektra to use photos taken earlier in his career for the
cover of their Absolutely Live LP, released in 1970.
The album features performances recorded on their 1970
American tour and at the 1969 Aquarius Theatre gig and
includes a full-length live performance of "The Celebration
of the Lizard".
group's only public appearance was on a PBS television
special, recorded late in April and broadcast the following
month. Here the group performed songs from the upcoming
Soft Parade album, including a stunning version of the
group resumed touring at Chicago Auditorium Theater on June
14 and proceeded to play two dates at The Aquarius Theatre,
Hollywood on July 21 and 22, both later released on CD. The
shows were typical of a new kind of Doors concert where the
emphasis was more on the band and fans having a good time
than having a shamanistic experience. The bearded Morrison
wore loose fitting clothes and steered the bands towards a
bluesier direction with songs like "Build Me A Woman", "I
Will Never Be Untrue" and "Who Do You Love". Yet his voice
had lost none of its power and the band could still dazzle
with performances of "When The Music's Over" and
"Celebration of the Lizard".
fourth album, The Soft Parade (1969), released in
July, further distanced the group from the "underground",
containing extremely pop-oriented arrangements, complete
with "Vegas-style" horn sections (their single, "Touch Me,"
featured saxophonist Curtis Amy). Morrison's excessive
drinking made him increasingly difficult and unreliable in
the studio, and the sessions for the record dragged on for
weeks (where they had formerly taken days). Studio costs
piled up, and the group came close to disintegrating.
of the record see the band as struggling to maintain
momentum and attempting to expand their sound with a horn
section and strings, resulting in a weak record suffering
from bloated overproduction.
defense, The Soft Parade stands as an experiment that
succeeded despite Morrison's erratic behavior and numerous
technical challenges. In the context of the group's
established repertoire, the record finds them exploring a
new "quasi-prog-pop" direction. The more
commercially-oriented songs such as "Touch Me" and "Tell All
The People" are memorable; tracks such as "Wild Child" and
"Shaman's Blues" are as stripped down and imaginative as
ever, with particularly excellent guitar and lyrics.
the recording of their next album, in November 1969,
Morrison found himself in trouble with the law again after
becoming drunk and abusive to airline staff during a flight
to Phoenix, Arizona to see The
Rolling Stones in
concert. He was acquitted the following April after a
steward mistakenly identified Morrison as his traveling
companion, American actor Tom Baker (Not the Tom Baker who
played Dr. Who.)
group started its year in New York again, this time over two
nights at The Felt Forum. The two nights were well received.
group staged a strong return to form with their excellent
1970 LP Morrison Hotel. Featuring a consistent, hard
rock sound the album contains the memorable opener
"Roadhouse Blues", which typified the high-spirited
assuredness of the entire album. Morrison Hotel had a
buoyancy and optimism that the band had never had before
with a host of celebratory songs and a couple of lovely
ballads. It hit US #4.
group continued to perform at arenas throughout the summer
and Morrison faced trial in Miami in August. The group
managed to make it to The Isle of Wight on August 29th where
a tired Morrison performed what was considered a below-par
set. Songs from the show show up in 1995 on the Message To
September 16th, Morrison took to the stand but it was in
vain, the jury returning a guilty verdict for profanity and
indecent exposure on September 20. Morrison was sentenced to
eight months custody but was allowed to go free pending an
December 8th, 1970, Morrison recorded another poetry
session, on his 27th birthday. The Doors last public
performance was at the "Warehouse" in New Orleans, LA on
Dec. 12th, 1970, where it appeared Morrison had a mental
breakdown on stage (slamming the microphone numerous times
into the stage floor).
group looked set to regain their crown as one of America's
premier acts with the superb L.A. Woman in 1971. It
was conceived as a "back to basics" album which would
explore their blues and R&B roots, although during
rehearsals the group had a serious falling-out with
Rothchild. Denouncing the new repertoire as "cocktail
music", he quit and handed the production reins to Botnick.
The result was widely considered a classic, featuring some
of the strongest material and performances since their 1967
debut. Some dissenters, however, consider nearly half the
album to be lackluster blues material, detracting severely
from the album's overall quality. The atmospheric single
"Riders On The Storm" became a mainstay of rock radio
programming for decades.
Morrison's death and its aftermath: 1971–1989
1971, following the recording of L.A. Woman, Morrison
decided to take some time out and moved to Paris with
girlfriend Pamela Courson, in March. He had visited the
previous summer and, for a time, seemed contented to write
and explore the city. But by June he was once again drinking
heavily and suffered a fall from a second story window in
May. On June 16 the last known recording of Morrison was
made when he befriended two street musicians at a bar and
invited them to a recording studio. The drunken results were
later released on bootleg CD.
Morrison died under mysterious circumstances on 3 July 1971;
his body was found in the bathtub of his apartment. It was
concluded that he died of a heart attack, although it was
later revealed that no autopsy had been performed before
Morrison's body was buried at the Père-Lachaise Cemetery on
persisted for many years that Morrison had faked his death
to escape the spotlight, as did the rumour that Morrison had
actually died at a Paris nightclub and that his body had
been surreptitiously taken back to his apartment. However,
in his book Wonderland Avenue, Morrison's former
associate Danny Sugerman states that during his last meeting
with Courson, which took place shortly before she died of a
heroin overdose, she confessed to Sugerman that she had
introduced Morrison to the drug and that, because he had a
fear of needles, she had injected him with the dose that
remaining Doors continued for some time. After initially
considering replacing Morrison with a new singer, Krieger
and Manzarek took over on vocals, and released two more
albums, Other Voices and Full Circle. The
Doors also toured during this time.
albums sold well, but not in the numbers of the Morrison era
releases, and the Doors ceased all performing and recording
activities at the end of 1972. While the first is
unmistakably Doors in sound and style, the last album showed
the Doors further expanding into jazz territory. While
neither album have yet seen CD reissues in the U.S., they
have been released on 2-on-1 CDs in Germany and Russia and
are being heard via internet P2P networks and are undergoing
remaining Doors recorded a third post-Morrison album, An
American Prayer released in 1978, this time providing
only backup music to recordings of Morrison's poetry.
Francis Ford Coppola released Apocalypse Now with
"The End" used prominently in the sound track. With this,
"The Doors" were rediscovered by new fans. In 1983, "Alive,
She Cried" was released, which included a cover version of
the Them hit "Gloria", adding it officially to the Elektra
The 1990s and beyond
1991, director Oliver Stone released his film The Doors,
starring Val Kilmer as Morrison and with cameos by Krieger
and Densmore. Ian Astbury of The Cult was Stone's preferred
choice, but Astbury decided not to enter the acting world
for reasons unknown. While all were amazed at Kilmer's
impersonation, the film had numerous factual inaccuracies
and members of the group later voiced displeasure at Stone's
portrayal of Morrison, at times making him look like an
Manzarek and Krieger reunited and created a new version of
The Doors, called "The Doors of the 21st Century". In the
place of Morrison, the new lineup was fronted by British
vocalist Ian Astbury, former lead singer of UK band The
Cult, with Angelo Barbera from Krieger's band on bass. At
their first concert the group announced that drummer John
Densmore would not perform, and it was later reported that
he was unable to play because he suffered from tinnitus.
Densmore was initially replaced by Stewart Copeland,
formerly of The
Police, but after Copeland broke his arm falling off a
bicycle, the arrangement ended in mutual lawsuits and he was
replaced by Ty Dennis, drummer with Krieger's band.
Densmore subsequently claimed that he had in fact not been
invited to take part in the reunion. In February 2003 he
filed an injunction against his former bandmates hoping to
prevent them from using the name "The Doors of the 21st
Century". His motion was denied in court in May that year,
although Manzarek publicly reiterated that the invitation
for Densmore to return to the group still stood. It was also
reported that both Morrison's family and that of Pamela
Courson had joined Densmore in seeking to prevent Manzarek
and Krieger from using The Doors' name. In July 2005,
Densmore and the Morrison estate won a permanent injunction;
thereby preventing his former bandmates from using The
Doors' name. The new band initially switched to the name
"D21C" and now plays under the name Riders on the Storm,
which is itself the name of a Doors tribute band in the
northeastern US. They are allowed to play under names such
as "former Doors" and "members of The Doors". Densmore has
also been steadfast in refusing to license The Doors' music
for use in television commercials, including an offer of $15
million by Cadillac to lease the song "Break on Through (to
the Other Side)", feeling that that would be in violation of
the spirit in which the music was created. Densmore wrote
about this subject for The Nation, noting,
People lost their virginity to this music, got high for the
first time to this music. I've had people say kids died in
Vietnam listening to this music, other people say they know
someone who didn't commit suicide because of this music…. On
stage, when we played these songs, they felt mysterious and
magic. That's not for rent.
Manzarek and Krieger maintain that touring as a Doors
revival and licensing the music to advertisements are a
means to keep The Doors from fading into history. Manzarek
was quoted as saying, "We're all getting older. We should,
the three of us, be playing these songs because, hey, the
end is always near. Morrison was a poet, and above all, a
poet wants his words heard."
Doors are remembered for shamanistic live performances. Some
members of the "establishment", however, felt that they were
merely American rock music rebels. Jim Morrison said: "I
like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to
get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full
of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think,
you're doing something."
enduring popularity is reflected by continuing sales of
their early work.
Doors left a reasonably concise discography for an era
dominated by groups which seemed to rush out an album every
six months and a high number of non-album singles. The
first, self-titled album is generally thought to be the
strongest and is a regular sight in greatest 100 album
lists. Strange Days, Morrison Hotel and L.A Woman are all
highly rated by fans and, due to their different styles,
(psychedelic pop, hard rock, blues) appeal to some more than
others. Waiting For The Sun contains some strong tracks but
is thematically weak. The Soft Parade is considered by some
to be "plain bad and for fans only"
Absolutely Live and 1983's Alive She Cried are good examples
of the band's live show and are available on CD. The 2CD In
Concert is better value for money as it collects the two and
adds an interesting version of "The End" from the Hollywood
Bowl show in 1968.
three non-album tracks were released in the band's lifetime,
the b-sides "Who Scared You", "Tree Trunk", and a cover of
Willie Dixon's "(You Need Meat) Don't Go Further" sung by
Ray. "Who Scared You" and "(You Need Meat) Don't Go Further"
appeared on the 1972 compilation Weird Scenes Inside The
Goldmine while only "Who Scared You" has since been given a
further CD release, on the 1997 box set.
the surviving Doors re-united to add music to poetry
recorded by Morrison in 1969 and 1970. The resulting album
was "An American Prayer" and was re-issued on CD in 1995
with bonus tracks "Hour For Magic", "Freedom Exists", "A
Feast Of Friends", "Babylon Fading", "Bird Of Prey" and "The
Ghost Song (extended version)".
group had always shied away from releasing archive Doors
material but in 1997 relented with the release of The Doors
box set. While hardcore fans complained that most of the
material had been previously released on bootlegs the 4CD
set, one of which was a "greatest hits" type CD, proved
popular. It was notable for a CD of highlights from the 1970
Felt Forum concert and a cleaned-up recording of the
(edited) 1969 "Rock Is Dead" session. The surviving members
again re-united to add new musical backing to the solo
Morrison song "Orange County Suite".
November 2000 came the announcement many fans had dreamed of
when The Doors announced the creation of Bright Midnight
Records, a label through which 36 albums and 90 hours of
previously unreleased Morrison-era Doors material would be
made available on CD. This was launched with a sampler of
forthcoming material, mostly from live concerts. The first
full release was a 2CD set of the May 1970 show at Detroit
Cobo Arena. It was followed by two CDs of interviews, mostly
with Morrison, and the two 1969 Aquarius shows and one of
the rehearsals. A 4CD set "Boot Yer Butt" unashamedly used
bootleg quality material but sold out nevertheless. It was
notable for the inclusion of the only known performances of
songs from L.A Woman including the title track and "The
Changeling" from The Doors' last but one show, in December
1970, Dallas, Texas. In 2005 a 2CD concert from Philadelphia
in 1970 was released.
illegal bootleg recordings are available of the group. Most
impressive is a wealth of shows from March 1967 at the
legendary Matrix Club in San Francisco. Many shows are
available from 1968 when the band reached the height of its
popularity, notably two shows in Stockholm, Sweden. The
infamous Miami show has become widely available while many
1970 shows, notably a radio broadcast of the June 6
Vancouver show, make the rounds. The complete 1969 "Rock Is
Dead" studio jam was discovered in the mid 1990s.
Doors have recently allowed several dance/electronic music
producers to remix their songs. Many believe that this is to
introduce their music to a new generation. The remixes and
their appearances are:
Snoop Dogg vs. The Doors - "Riders on the Storm
(Fredwreck Remix)" Appeared in the video game Need for
Speed Underground 2.
The Doors - "L.A. Woman (Paul Oakenfold Remix)"
Appears on the mix album "Perfecto Presents: The Club".
BT vs. The Doors - "Break On Through (To The
Other Side)" Originally released as an iTunes exclusive
download, this remix also made an appearance on the
Burnout Revenge soundtrack.
The Doors - "Roadhouse Blues (The Crystal Method
Remix)" made its debut on "Community Service II" by The
"Roadhouse Blues" was also remixed with John Lee
Hooker on the album "Stoned Immaculate"
The Doors - "Hello, I love You (Adam Freeland
Mix)" This remix has yet to be released, but can be heard
on Adam Freeland's myspace. Freeland recently won a Grammy
for his remixing work on Sarah Vaughn's "Fever".
The Doors - "Strange Days (Thievery Corporation
Mix)" This remix is released on Thievery Corporations
"Versions" on May 16, 2006.
On the Album Freekshow by Twiztid, a remake of
"People Are Strange", in 2000
There's a remix of the doors with Blondie
entitled "Rapture Riders", which was actually authorized
by the Doors.
Hip hop artist Jay-Z sampled The Doors' "Five to
One" in "The Takeover" on The Blueprint album in
Artist Mos Def, in what is considered a parody
on "The Takeover," also sampled "Five to One" on his song
"The Rape Over" from his 2004 album The New Danger.
The music from "Peace Frog" (originally titled "Abortion
Stories") was sampled by rappers 3rd Bass as the
title track from their album "The Cactus"
DJ Lethal sampled "When The Music's Over" for a
track on his upcoming solo album. The song features
rapping from Cypress Hill.
References and appearances in popular culture
Jim Morrison (played by
Michael A. Nickles) 'appears' in the 1993 movie
Wayne's World 2 to tell Wayne to put on a rock concert.
In 2004 the video game Need for Speed
Underground 2 contained a remix of "Riders on the Storm"
featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, remixed by Fredwreck.
The song "Break on Through (To the Other Side)"
is included on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube game
Tony Hawk's Underground 2, and its PSP counterpart, Tony
Hawk's Underground 2 Remix.
In the 2005 EA game Burnout Revenge contained a
remix of "Break on Through (To the Other Side)".
The song "Peace Frog" is featured on the video
game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, and was played in an
episode of My Name is Earl. It was also featured in the
Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy.
The film Forrest Gump featured several Doors'
songs during a montage of Forrest's recovery from his
wound he received in Vietnam.
In the film Apocalypse Now the song "The End" is
The Lizard King
There is a character resembling Jim Morrison and
the Lizard King in George R. R. Martin's short story
collection Wild Cards. The collection is written by
various authors, and set in a world where a genetically
engineered virus has been released upon Earth, killing
many but also transforming some characters, granting them
superhuman powers. One of these characters, in the short
story Transfigurations by
Victor Milan, is referred to as "Tom Douglas" and
"The Lizard King," but he obviously represents Jim
His voice soared in a sudden shriek, and the lights and the
band boomed suddenly about him like storm surf breaking
against the rocks, and they were launched on an odyssey to
the furthest reaches of the night.
At last he took on an aspect of the Lizard King. A black
aura beat from him like furnace heat and washed across the
audience. Its effect was elusive, illusive, like some
strange new drug: some onlookers it lifted to pinnacles of
ecstasy, others it crammed down deep into hard-packed
Douglas' powers as a superhero/supervillain include
super-strength, super-speed, and an ability to disorient
At the end of the story, the Lizard King fights alongside
the "Radical" against a Captain America-like "Hardhat."
'The Lizard King' is the alias of a fictional
serial killer in the video game, Shadowman.
In an episode of The Simpsons, "Selma's
Choice", Lisa Simpson is dared by her brother to drink the
water of an amusement park ride at Duff Gardens. Lisa then
begins hallucinating and, completely intoxicated, shouts
"I am the Lizard Queen!".
In an episode of Spongebob Squarepants
called "The Idiot Box," Patrick exclaims that he is the
In the early 1990's, an anarchistic computer
hacker nicknamed "The Lizard King" played havoc with
computer systems from a suspected base in Gonic, New
Hampshire, USA. The individual in question was never
In the Web Comic,
Loserz, while the
character Eric is at a party, he pretends to be drunk by
running around with a lampshade on his head, and declares,
'I AM the Lizard Queen!'. He then demands Spam.
In Aztek: The Ultimate Man #4 by DC
Comics is introduced Aztek's nemesis, the Lizard King, and
in #5 he shouts "I'm the Lizard King! I can do anything!"
In the popular role-playing game, Dungeons &
Dragons, Lizard Kings (or, if female, Lizard Queens) are
the halfbreed offspring of lizardfolk and
In the popular online computer role playing game
World of Warcraft there is monster by the name of
Lord Serpentis inside the instance dungeon Wailing
Caverns. He proclaims "I am the Serpent King! I can do
In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San
Andreas, on one mission The Truth tells Carl "I took
some fellow travellers deep into the desert on a peyote
safari a few nights back. We faced the inner light and
communed with the lizard king."
In the controversial video game Postal²,
the Postal Dude says "I am the Lizard King!" when taking
cat nip and going in slow motion.
In the 2005 war movie, Jarhead,
Break On Through
was played in a helicopter and one of the marines refered
it to vietnam music.
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