When the Music’s Over
In 1969, Los Angeles rock band The Doors performed songs from their forthcoming LP The Soft Parade at America’s PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). In the footage from April that year, lead singer Jim Morrison’s appearance is a stark contrast to the so-called young lion from the covers of The Doors’ first three albums. By all accounts, his beard and weight-gain is in anticipation of the band’s ‘bluesier’ sound for their final two LPs Morrison Hotel and L.A Woman. As he conceded to now being ‘over the hill’ in an off-stage interview, he mused over the future of music. ‘I can envision one person sitting in a room with a lot of machines, tapes and electronic setups, speaking or singing’.
22 years later, a London-based music producer by the name of Acen releases Close Your Eyes.
Morrison was proved right. Produced entirely using machines, as was the vast majority of dance music in 1991, Close Your Eyes is a Breakbeat hardcore anthem featuring a sample of Morrison’s vocals from Go Insane. Who could have predicted that 20 years after his death in a Parisian bath tub Jim Morrison, an American poet, would be heard singing at such an event as a rave? Nonetheless, the ‘Dionysian wild man’ himself undoubtedly would have approved of the Second Summer of Love of ’88 and ’89 with it’s Acid House soundtrack and widespread use of psychoactive drug Ecstasy.
The little known song written by Morrison in 1965 originally featured on a demo recording not under the artist name of The Doors, but rather Rick & the Ravens. But Morrison wasn’t in the original line-up before he renamed them after a line in poet William Blake’s book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (‘if the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite’). The band, pre-Robby-Krieger and comprising of Ray Manzarek, his brother Rick and John Densmore, once invited Morrison on stage to sing. His first public performance was apparently a rendition of Richard Berrie’s Louie Louie…
and the rest, as they say, is history.
Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy!
(James Douglas Morrison: Wednesday 8th December 1943 — Saturday 3rd July 1971)