Wednesday, May 9, 2012
40 Year Itch : The Doors Carry On
On May 8, 1972, ten months after Jim Morrison's death, The remaining Doors played on BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test. Naturally, it wasn't the same thing. While the band could always find a great riff, there's something kind of pathetic about watching Robbie Kreiger sing a song as sophmoric as "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned".
The song comes from the 1971 album Other Voices. Recordings for Other Voices began while Jim Morrison was on vacation in France with the expectations that the Lizard King would not die in a Parisian bathtub. Robbie and Ray Manzarek recorded the vocal tracks and the album peaked at #31 in the charts.
In the Spring of 1972, The Doors got back together to record another album. Full Circle appears to be an effort by the band to forge a new musical direction which may explain the album's single "The Mosquito".
Inspired by a traditional Mexican tune, Robbie wrote what may be the best know post-Morrison Doors song, It peaked at #85 in the singles chart. Full Circle , released in August of 1972, was aptly named. It was the last Doors album.