The other night I watched my DVD of the Oliver Stone film “The Doors.”
I like that movie — a lot, regardless of some of the liberties director Stone took with the story and timelines.
I think that Val Kilmer’s portrayal of charistmatic and troubled lead singer Jim Morrison was brilliant.
I saw it in the theater when it was first released back in 1990 and my friends and I went back again and again.
The draw for me was the soundtrack. Various Doors music, including “Riders on the Storm,” “Light My Fire,” “The End,” “Not to Touch the Earth” and “Break on Through (to the Other Side)” were cleverly used in pivotal scenes throughout the film. Even Morrison’s solo recordings such as “The Movie” and excerpts from “The Celebration of the Lizard” were used as the film openers.
But additional non-Doors tunes that also added some decor to the turbulent life of Mr. Mojo Risin’. The inclusion of the Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin” along with the McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy” set up scenes in Andy Warhol’s Factory and Venice Beach.
And then there was Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” that set the tone for the climactic scene between Morrison and writer/pagan priestess Patricia Kennealy.
Needless to say I’ve been listening to the Doors music today and interspersing it with some Velvet Underground and Carl Orff.
So, what’s your favorite Doors song?
Mine — “The End,” of course. But “Not to Touch the Earth” is a close second and “Waiting for the Sun” comes in third.