I have an odd relationship with The Doors. On the one hand, they are solid band with a lot of strong material. On the other hand, I hate them. But if I had to be honest, I would admit that I mostly just hate Jim Morrison. He has always struck me as a fraud. Just the same, I think it speaks to Ray Manzarek’s brilliance that he saw that the young poet had “it.”
I thought we would listen to the one Doors song that most assaults me, “Touch Me.” It was written by guitarist Robby Krieger. He also pretty much wrote “Light My Fire.” Both of those are perfect Doors songs in that I love and hate them. With “Fire,” you’ve got that great Middle East sounding melody. Yet it is the ultimate in sexual braying. “Touch Me” has a wonderfully awkward verse melody — I really do love that. But the terrible slant rhymes make me want to scream.