The Worst Post Ever!

I’m a huge fan of Best Week Ever, both the TV and the blog and I was made an even bigger fan of them when they linked to me earlier this year. That being said, this post at their site by Dan Hopper really pissed me off.

I do agree that needless reunions by classic bands can do nothing but taint (hehe, I said taint) their musical legacy. I also agree with most of the bands on their list. What really bugs me about the list is that Hopper obviously didn’t know shit about the bands he was mentioning.

For example, he says this about The Sex Pistols’ 1996 reunion:

…what the hell were they going to play live anyway? All the songs off Never Mind the Bollocks in a different order, with “My Way” thrown in?

First of all, it’s hard to accuse a band’s reunion of being cheap and meaningless after they already admitted the same. Secondly, why would The Sex Pistols cover ‘My Way’? Sid Vicious covered that song, not The Pistols. At least the writer was correct in saying that the original line-up was the one that toured (a lot of people assume Sid was part of the original line-up).

He said this about The Eagles’ ‘Hell Froze Over’ tour:

Can you really say “Hell has frozen over” if it’s something no one gives a sh*t about?

I really hate The Eagles and I always will (ironically I love Joe Walsh and can tolerate Glenn Frey, but that’s besides the point). However, to say that no one gives a shit about them is just ignorant, they do have the best-selling album in history after all.

They also knocked Flock Of Seagulls for getting back together, which would’ve been fine if they didn’t help facilitate their reunion on VH1’s shitty ‘reality’ show Bands Reunited! (And by the way, if you want an idea of how bullshit that show was, check out this first-hand account of it by Information Society’s Kurt Harland).

But the comment that really sent me off was the one he made about The Doors:

Here’s a great idea – take a band whose only bit of intrigue is their lead singer’s tumultuous, unpredictable stage presence and reunite them thirty-one years after his death (also thirty-one years after the band broke up, coincidentally).

I’m not a big fan of The Doors, I’ve always thought they were a little bit pretentious and way overrated but even I knew that wasn’t true. The Doors released two albums after Jim Morrison’s death. Of course, they aren’t the world’s most well-known records, but that’s what the internet is for.

Google, motherfucker! can you use it?!

Sigh, anyways this glaring error has forced me to temporarily delay my next post of remixes in order bring light to post-Morrison Doors. Released the same year as Morrison’s death, 1971’s Other Voices was Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore’s attempt to continue The Doors’ legacy minus their legendary frontman. Probably knowing that no one could replace Jim Morrison, they instead continued as a threesome with both Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek share vocal duties on the album to varying degrees of success. While the record isn’t a masterpiece it does deserve to be given a second chance and be released on CD, something which still hasn’t happened in America. In fact The Doors seemed to have disowned the album (and the one that came after it, 1972’s Full Circle) even failing to include it on the deceptively titled box set The Complete Studio Recordings.

Here is the complete album so you can decide for yourself. If you only want a sample I suggest downloading Ship W/ Sails (which has a bitchin’ organ solo) the groovy ‘Tightrope Ride’ and ‘I’m Horny, I’m Stoned’ simply because it’s called ‘I’m Horny, I’m Stoned.’

The Doors – Other Voices
In The Eye Of The Sun
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Ship w/ Sails
Tightrope Ride
Down On The Farm
I’m Horny, I’m Stoned
Wandering Musician
Hang On To Your Life

4 Responses to “The Worst Post Ever!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    First time visitor to your site. Great post! And many thanks for making this post-Morrison Doors available. Long ago I had this album, and the follow-up, and it’s been years since I’ve heard either. My recollection is that Manzerek did a decent job on lead vocals. Now I can judge, again, for myself. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I also hate it when people make ignorant comments in an attempt to be witty. I remember a thing in Blender about the band Chicago that said (I’m paraphrasing) “They were a rocking little group. Then Peter Cetera joined the band.” I guess those dumbasses didn’t know Cetera was with them from their first album.

    By the way, thanks for posting this Doors music. I heard Tightrope Ride many years ago and always wondered what the rest of the album it sounded like.

  3. pete says:

    just discovered your blog today
    & I ‘d be much thankful if you could re-post the tracks you posted in january by the “love & rockets” and specially the rarety “David Lanfair”

    thanks for all


  4. Race says:

    I never really found the Doors that pretentious. I thought it was good, psychedelic, literary blues rock. I’ve never heard the Other Voices album until now. It’s strange, but Manzarek’s voice is a good one. But in my opinion, and you can argue Morrison’s talent, this album is missing a whole lot of Jim.

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