Las Puertas: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Doors

"Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."
On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that pantheon with Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix, and every other post-Beatles band that continues to turn kids onto drugs, sex, and long hair.

It's been said you either love The Doors, or hate The Doors. You get Morrison's antics and see them as epic godhead activity, or you dismiss them as the work of privileged "drunken buffoon," a white boy trying to play poet to get laid.

Now Rocks Off has always loved the band, from those dusty LPs that showed up in our house, to the Morrison poetry album An American Prayer, and that great live footage of the leather-clad wonder doing a proto-punk march across the stage. But we also understand the theatrics that went into what made The Doors so entertaining.

We can say our favorite album is 1970's Morrison Hotel, becasuse it was first Doors record to us that had that swing in the pants, from "Roadhouse Blues" to standout "Land Ho!" Everything on Hotel is dirty, from guest Lonnie Mack's bass, Ray Manzarek's various keys and Robby Krieger's licks to some of John Densmore's funkiest drumming.

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Somewhere along the line we started to see the correlation between the Stooges, one of our most beloved groups, to Morrison and company, and everything made sense. Most punks see The Doors as this dippy act on their dad's radio, but they haven't spent hours with live Doors bootlegs and heard the ferocity of someone like Morrison. The Stooges' "No Fun" just needed some organ tinkle and it would have been a Doors staple.

Rumors used to fly that Iggy Pop himself would front a new version of the band, and he even worked with Manzarek in Los Angeles, who saw in both Jim's a spiritual kinship, but nothing every solidified beyond the odd tribute gig.

So here are 10 facts you super-fans all probably know like the scratches and pops in your copy of The Soft Parade, and for the folks who only know Morrison as that guy that the asshole from Top Gun played, you are about to get hipped.

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December 8: Jim Morrison is born on Dec. 8th 1943...John Lennon is killed on Dec. 8th 1980...37 years later. Jim was 27 when he died. 37-27 = 10. In Indian numerology (when Jim was a child he witnessed a car crash and then saw the image of an Indian) 10 is ruled by the sun. Jim is the sun, the eternal sun, but he is also the moon and the stars. This is the end.

Gary Packwood
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It will always be difficult to believe that Morrison is dead because he was such an intellectual who could make those in authority absolutely crazy.

And then perform respectfully for a young audience by singing what they were feeling at the moment.

That so outraged older politicians and the police we all thought they were going to try and kill him.

Anyone young who could make legions of authority figures crazy will live on forever as part of the culture.

He was just simply something else to watch and think about.

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