by Robert Wilkinson
Well, I promised you a tribute, and it turns out the Doors had some pretty danceable music!
When I could, I got you live video performances of this exceptional band. For tonight’s Saturday Night Attitude song, I figured “Love Me Two Times, I’m Goin’ Away” kind of says it all.
For your dancing pleasure, a very live in the studio performance from Danish tv in 1968 of “Love Me Two Times”
Following up on the general theme, another danceable tune from 1968! Here’s the original music video by the Doors performing “Hello I Love You”
This one continues to help us shake it! Welcome to a very edgy video set to a live performance of “Roadhouse Blues”
Bounce music! “Whiskey Bar” and “Love Me Two Times”
You may not be able to dance to this, but it is kinetic! From Jan 1967, their first tv performance! Welcome to the Doors performing their first hit, “Break On Through (to the other side)”
Also from 1967, live at the Matrix for your slow dancing pleasure, an audio-only offering of Jim’s poetry set to the exquisite organ of Ray Manzarek in the haunting “The Crystal Ship”
As long as we’re taking a short break from dancing, here’s the tune that blew the doors down! Live at the Hollywood Bowl on July 4, 1968, complete with illegal fireworks in the background, the Doors live in a great 10 minute version featuring great keyboard work by Ray of “Light My Fire”
This next song is like Godzilla marching through the streets of Tokyo! From 1968, this very ominous song gives a feel for just how edgy it really WAS back then, with illegal wars and government mischief. ("Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.") Still, this song features some of the creepiest keyboard and guitar lines ever played, with an impeccable military beat. Live from the Hollywood Bowl, the Doors doing their tune from the “Easy Rider” soundtrack, “5 to 1” (which segues into “Back Door Man.”)
Back to dancing!! Live in Europe in 1968, a great performance to shake it! “Back Door Man”
From the same show, not a danceable number, but a fantastic live performance nevertheless of the haunting antiwar anthem “The Unknown Soldier”
From a 1969 live television show, here are the Doors performing the very bouncy, boozy “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)”
From the same 1969 live show, “Back Door Man”
Here’s the official music video of “People Are Strange”
Once upon a time people danced to this! Here’s the music video of “LA Woman”If you’re into a waltz, here you go! “Shaman’s Blues”
Not danceable, but very atmospheric! Said to be Ray’s greatest achievement, here’s the original studio version of the legendary “Riders On The Storm”
For a little more hanging out before we finish with our Saturday Night Attitude dance tune, here’s Ray and Robbie live in a performance in Kiev, Ukraine in 2012, doing “Riders on the Storm” complete with a brief homage phrasing “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” which readers will remember from the RIP Ray piece that they used that song as inspiration for “Riders on the Storm.” Simply brilliant!
And we end where we began, with a live performance of our Saturday Night Attitude dance tune, “Love Me Two Times”
RIP Ray. You were the perfect person at the perfect place at the perfect time to capture lightning in a bottle!
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson