May 21, 2013
Given the iconic keyboard work of The Doors' Ray Manzarek, it was probably a bit of a drag that he spent 43 years talking exclusively about Jim Morrison.
Yes, Morrison and his Dionysian/Lizard-King/Dark Poet/I-Like-To-Booze-It-Up-A-LOT persona made him one of the greatest frontmen in rock history. It also made him (convolutedly) immortal when he died at 27 – just about the time the liquor was winning the war and his act was about to become truly boorish.
In any case, his premature passing guaranteed Manzarek was doomed to talk about Big Jimbo forever more – or at least until yesterday, when the keyboardist passed away at the age of 74.
But, hell, what do I know?
Maybe Manzarek loved talking about Morrison.
It certainly helped keep The Doors on the radar for generations of music fans.
Somehow, I doubt the two remaining original members of the band – guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore – will spend a lot of time answering media and fan questions about “What was Ray really like?”
Perhaps that’s okay.
Perhaps obsessed fans will at last forget about whether Jim’s alive or whether he really exposed himself in Miami or whether crusty hippies still sleep on his tomb in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery – and just let the Doors’ often brilliant and absolutely distinct spookhouse rock ‘n’ roll speak for itself.
You were a giant, Ray. No one ever sounded like you. Your “Something Wicked This Way Comes” carnival organ sounds haunted me the first time I ever heard them in 1967 – and they haunt me still.
No matter what Jim said, the music's never over.
April 26, 2013
Hey, George "No Show" Jones: take a closer walk with Thee. You’ve earned it.
Yes: The Ol’ Possum – the greatest...
March 26, 2013
Most of us Music Heads — players or Professional Writers About Music (PWAM) or both — relish the idea that we "get it" far more than the casual listener.
What is "it"?
March 19, 2013
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Ted Nugent anymore, for reasons that are probably pretty obvious. Amongst other things, he's become supremely self-parodic in that same fashion as Jack Nicholson and Hunter Thompson and...
March 6, 2013
I've never thought of myself as spookily prescient — if I had, I'd probably sit with a crystal ball in a gypsy costume at county fairs. But it's absolutely true that, in the last few...
February 2, 2013
Some folks are outstandingly efficient.
Consider Pete Huoppi, my pal and frequent collaborator on all sorts of video projects for The Day. We're both fans of the rock band The Gin Blossoms, and...
January 29, 2013
... Just ran across a class action lawsuit that’s been filed by the few surviving original Delta and Chicago blues artists, along with relatives and estate representatives for dozens more who are deceased.
January 8, 2013
Whilst on holiday back in Texas, the news hit that the great Lee Dorman had passed away. If you're a person of Gifted Awareness and True Musical Appreciation, you'll know Dorman. He was the bassist for
December 18, 2012
This was a truly fine year for music. As always, I will not bend to the moronic trend, as practiced by too many arts writers, to brazenly assert "The Best Albums of the Year."
There is no way...
December 6, 2012
When I was in college at Baylor University, most of the entertainment brought to campus was clearly booked by someone who had no idea what Young Weasels wanted to see or hear. Granted, it’s a Baptist college, so I wasn’t...
November 21, 2012
For all the obvious and correct reasons, Thanksgiving should be about grease-spattered gluttony and the picked-clean carcasses of large, roasted birds, and also getting ludicrously drunk.
November 7, 2012
When you're young, you're immortal.
At 19 or whatever, sitting on a pile of dirty clothes in a dorm room listening to the Greatest New Band In History, it would never occur to you to speculate...
November 5, 2012
I’d appreciate it if you’d sing along with me as you read this blog.
All together now! A-one, a-two, a-three ….
October 3, 2012
(Rick Koster is on medical leave following knee surgery but filed this blog from the couch.)
I came to the Day 15 years ago with no knowledge whatsoever of the local music scene. From the word...
August 29, 2012
If you felt like it, you could make a lot of money — maybe not millions or even six-figures, but a nice sum — if you manufactured a line of serial killer bobblehead dolls.
August 13, 2012
I recently got the news that my old friend, the Austin musician Jeff Clark, was finally going to release a solo album. Granted, it's about 40 years after the glory days of Clark's...
August 7, 2012
It was several years ago, but not so far in the past that we didn't have one of those machines that tells you who's on the line when your phone rings – and it was ringing. Again.
August 1, 2012
It’s right there on page 316 of the first edition of William James’ Varities of Religious Experience. James describes the phenomenon of religious...
July 25, 2012
It's been a dramatic and rough week for news, so I suppose I can understand why a Goat Man loping around Utah has sorta flown under the radar.
June 4, 2012
There has always been a comfortable, eternal purity to The Reducers, the New London pub rock quartet once- and forever comprising guitarists/vocalists Peter Detmold and Hugh Birdsall, drummer Tom...