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kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Aug 01, 2017 17:18
 

Ain't a thing wrong with this track except maybe not hearing it anywhere often enough. 
justin4kick
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Aug 02, 2016 6:20
 

 sergeant_x wrote:
It's a decent song. But time has not been kind to that organ solo.

 
The organ solo will still stand straight up when we're all on Viagra.
Baby_M
(a 100+-year old building in downtown Akron, Ohio)
Posted: May 05, 2016 7:47
 

There's an interesting article by columnist Mark Steyn on the influences behind this song:

. . . the next time The Sound Of Music turns up on TV and Julie Andrews starts going on about bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, remember that there's a direct line between those brown paper packages tied up with strings and wallowing in the mire when our love becomes a funeral pyre. "My Favorite Things" was one of Ray Manzarek's favorite things, and he drew on it for "Light My Fire."
markthecarp
(Ventura, CA)
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 16:12
 

In 1967 I was in Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA.  One of the best profs I ever had used to let us play boom boxes in chem lab.  He knew that the music could help us focus.  Lotsa Doors, Credence and Hendrix.  BTW Jim was in a Navy family and I met his younger brother in Coronado.  I think Jim would have been more interesting as a friend.
kcar
Posted: Jun 01, 2015 21:46
 

 Nerubo wrote:
Since the haters seem to be more vocal, despite the 8.2 rating (as of April Fools 2015), here is some love:

I love a great organ solo, and this song is one of my all time favorites.  It does get played a lot on classic rock stations, and that has ruined some songs for me — but not this one.  

Also, it occurs to me that I live in Colorado, and I have never listened to the Doors while high.  How is that even possible? What have I been doing with my life?  Bucket list addition!

 
I was a bigbig Doors fan as a teenager and I never got high while listening to them. Don't worry about it, Nerubo. 

I always chuckle when Jim first sings "Try to set the night on fye-uh"...He can get his chops around "higher", though. 

I do wish the Doors had stuck around a little longer but I also wonder whether they would have lost their cool after a few more years... 
h8rhater
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:34
 

 gjr wrote:
i dont care how many hundreds of thousands of times i hear this song - it still sucks.  and it HASN'T gotten better with age.....please, bill, leave this song on the"corporate classic rock" stations where it belongs.... whats next?  stairway to heaven?

 
I dont (sic) care how many hundreds of thousands of times i (sic) hear these whiners - they still suck. 
max_p
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:27
 

 kingart wrote:

What he said. This is one of the greatest. Timeless. And it is one of the theme tracks for some of my fondest and most indelible memories. The summer of 1967 was my season in suburban paradise. 
 

 
yes, you had to be there. we were all a bit foolish
Nerubo
(Denver, CO)
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:24
 

Since the haters seem to be more vocal, despite the 8.2 rating (as of April Fools 2015), here is some love:

I love a great organ solo, and this song is one of my all time favorites.  It does get played a lot on classic rock stations, and that has ruined some songs for me — but not this one.  

Also, it occurs to me that I live in Colorado, and I have never listened to the Doors while high.  How is that even possible? What have I been doing with my life?  Bucket list addition!


kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:22
 

 Fotay wrote:
I don't care how many thousands of times I hear this song.  I LOVE IT.  Thanks Bill.  

 
 
What he said. This is one of the greatest. Timeless. And it is one of the theme tracks for some of my fondest and most indelible memories. The summer of 1967 was my season in suburban paradise. 
 
Bobert_ParkCity
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:21
 

The organ's the thing here.  
sergeant_x
(Havertown, PA)
Posted: Dec 04, 2013 18:29
 

It's a decent song. But time has not been kind to that organ solo.
Fotay
Posted: Oct 02, 2013 19:48
 

PS. - play Stairway to Heaven.  
Fotay
Posted: Oct 02, 2013 19:47
 

I don't care how many thousands of times I hear this song.  I LOVE IT.  Thanks Bill.  







 
Chingachgook
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 6:46
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.

 
He did indeed. And didn't you just love those rimless octagonal glasses?
gjr
(boston, ma)
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 6:41
 

i dont care how many hundreds of thousands of times i hear this song - it still sucks.  and it HASN'T gotten better with age.....please, bill, leave this song on the"corporate classic rock" stations where it belongs.... whats next?  stairway to heaven?
Chingachgook
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 6:41
 

 On_The_Beach wrote:

Wow, I wasn't aware 'til I saw your post. A key player in one of the all-time great bands (haters be damned).
Of course he plays a big part in this song and I always loved his piano solo on Riders on the Storm.

 
The band members all went away having decided they'd all have a go at writing, and Robbie Krieger came back with this. Simplicity and pure inspired genius.
unclehud
(now 30 feet above the planet in King Abdullah Economic City)
Posted: Aug 01, 2013 6:40
 

Recalibrated my little world.  Still rocks on a level that requires sunglasses in public.
Bridieboo
(Halifax, NS)
Posted: Jun 30, 2013 10:20
 

That organ grates on my nerves.  Yuck.  IMO The Doors were highly over-rated.
zoopmama
Posted: Jun 30, 2013 10:15
 

Unimpressed. Sounds exactly like vintage Doors.
KevinM
(Long Beach, Ca)
Posted: Jun 30, 2013 10:14
 

You ruined "Stranger by the Minute" by following it with this piece of crap
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: May 29, 2013 18:01
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.
 
Wow, I wasn't aware (of Ray's passing) 'til I saw your post. A key player in one of the all-time great bands (haters be damned).
Of course he plays a big part in this song and I always loved his piano solo on Riders on the Storm.
Xstar
(Ya'll, Kentucky)
Posted: May 29, 2013 14:29
 

 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek.

 
Amen. {#Bananapiano}  I cut my rock n roll teeth on this album.  I remember vividly asking mom or dad to turn it up a little when what ever Doors was playin would come on.  Ah the memories of those sunny days of an 8 year old.  {#Notworthy}
Ballzak
Posted: May 29, 2013 14:29
 

1980   -   Sixth-grade
Found this vinyl sitting amongst all of Dad's weird "old dude" records.  Looked interesting.  Headphones, comfy, fat, leather chair and over the course of the next week.... I had my first real taste.  Rock 'n Roll baby! 
This was my gateway.
Asked around, to this day, no one can tell me where the record came from or how it ended up next to our family's turntable that night....
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: May 29, 2013 14:25
 

RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.
scraig
(Santa Barbara, CA)
Posted: May 29, 2013 14:24
 

Missing Ray...
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Mar 27, 2013 18:30
 


Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
kaybee
(Lost in the Wilds of Toronto)
Posted: Mar 27, 2013 18:16
 

 unclehud wrote:
Verses and chorus are proof that they had songwriting talent.  Personally, I like the extended solos/jamming/noodling even though others do not.  No matter your opinion of the 'bonus material', there's no denying their abilities to create poetry and melody.
 
I think the instrumental bits are stunning - everything melds together seamlessly and all the instruments evoke the element of fire!  And Bill's right, it was mind-altering when it came out in '67.
unclehud
(now 50 feet above the planet in Boston)
Posted: Jan 23, 2013 23:54
 

Verses and chorus are proof that they had songwriting talent.  Personally, I like the extended solos/jamming/noodling even though others do not.  No matter your opinion of the 'bonus material', there's no denying their abilities to create poetry and melody.
(former member)
(hotel in Las Vegas)
Posted: Oct 09, 2012 21:46
 



"Well, we’re all in the cosmic movie; you know that! That means the day you die, you gotta watch your whole life recurring eternally forever, in CinemaScope, 3-D. So you better have some good incidents happenin’ in there... and a fitting climax!" — The End of "Light my Fire" (18:52) on Disc 2 of The Doors: Live in Detroit.

 


kurtster
(Back in Ohiya, for now ...)
Posted: Dec 26, 2011 19:23
 

 jim1964 wrote:

I was stationed in Philly in '69 and I remember how the local underground FM station played that song a lot and the djs spent a lot of airtime talking about Author Brown and how strange his shows were.
 
That would have been WDAS.  Hy Lit and My Father's Son were the two DJ's I remember from those days.  My Father's Son had the 10 till whenever shift.  We went down to the studio and hung out a few times during his show.  We could smoke right handers in the studio, but had to  go outside for the left handers. 

I can guarantee that very few dj's were in the studio actually listening to InnAGaddaDaVida when it was playing back in those days.

C'mon Bill dust this off again.  Been awhile.


calypsus_1
Posted: Jun 26, 2010 21:54
 



The Doors Robby Krieger by ~pinkstarlights
©2010 ~pinkstarlights

The Doors' Robby Krieger

Come on baby, light my fire~
Shot at Monterrey, Mexico

-Alicia



jimbaca
(Albuquerque)
Posted: Feb 17, 2010 13:17
 

I heard this when it was first released while I was in San Diego.  You had to be there, and I LOVE the guitar solo!
nagsheadlocal
(North Carolina, the new New Jersey)
Posted: Feb 17, 2010 10:31
 

 alanthecowboy wrote:

Tell me about it.  That guitar solo has to be one of the lamest ever recorded, at least until Nickleback hit the scene.

 
OK, that made me LOL.

But the wailing organ solo was always a fave in the days of an AM radio with one speaker in the middle of the dashboard.

alanthecowboy
(Lakefield)
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 15:02
 

 kalkin84 wrote:
ok, the screeching needs to stop.
 
Tell me about it.  That guitar solo has to be one of the lamest ever recorded, at least until Nickleback hit the scene.

Razz
(Denmark)
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 14:57
 

This song gets better each time I hear it.
calypsus_1
(East of Eden)
Posted: Nov 27, 2009 11:35
 


The Doors - "Light My Fire" Live (1967)
"The Doors were founded by Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison in Los Angeles in 1965. They released their eponymous debut album, which contained their hit single Light My Fire, in 1967 and went on to be one of the most controversial and influential rock acts of the sixties. Jim Morrison's early death in Paris in 1971 only served to fuel their legend and both he and the band have continued to enjoy iconic status for more than thirty years."
calypsus_1
(East of Eden)
Posted: Nov 04, 2009 19:31
 


The Doors and Eddie Vedder - "Light My Fire" Live (1993)
"Ray also looks much cooler if he can sit and shake his head as he improvs it out! The original keyboards, which I believe he still has, are just plain are better. I don't like the modern keyboards, they don't have that magical quality. The only organ I want to get from our modern era is the Clavia Nord C1 Combo Organ. It has copied the sounds of the Flavia, Hammond B3, and Vox Continental on almost a scary level. They are AMAZING! Ray should really use one of those when he performs! "
KurtfromLaQuinta
(Yep. I'm still here in La Quinta.)
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 12:24
 

 redstorm wrote:
this sounds like a '68 camaro, 350 cubic inches, of hot damn fun! {#Motor}
 
That bad huh?

A '70 Hemi 'Cuda would sound much better.

jim1964
(british columbia, but use to ride the IRT to work)
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 12:24
 

 kurtster wrote:

Saw them in Philly in '69.  Remember it, too.  A great freakin show.  Jacob's Feather was the opener.
 
I was stationed in Philly in '69 and I remember how the local underground FM station played that song a lot and the djs spent a lot of airtime talking about Author Brown and how strange his shows were.
nate917
(2,815 miles from home)
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 12:22
 

 jagdriver wrote:

I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU....

Oh, sorry...wrong song. But it is interesting that The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for the Doors in Detroit all those years ago. Personally, I think Arthur's Crazy World <click here> topped any act the Doors could have put on that evening.


 

YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!

whoops... wrong song again.  We trekked to Detroit a few times for rock shows back in the day.  Cobo Arena was a great place to watch a concert.


daveesh
(birthplace of the american revolution)
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 12:17
 

finally, a doors song i've never heard before! 
kalkin84
(Sol, planet 3)
Posted: Oct 30, 2009 12:14
 

ok, the screeching needs to stop.
calypsus_1
(East of Eden)
Posted: Oct 04, 2009 21:39
 



The Doors - "Light My Fire" Live


kurtster
(Seeking shelter from the cold)
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 14:47
 

 jagdriver wrote:
I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU....

Oh, sorry...wrong song. But it is interesting that The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for the Doors in Detroit all those years ago. Personally, I think Arthur's Crazy World <click here> topped any act the Doors could have put on that evening.


 
Saw them in Philly in '69.  Remember it, too.  A great freakin show.  Jacob's Feather was the opener.

demfrosch
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 14:42
 

 Papernapkin wrote:

A cameo on Entourage? Or, oh! a guest spot on American Idol. Maybe Dancing with the Stars (if times were tough).
 
american idol is out of question...he'd need a whole lot of singing practice to even make it to the first round....

redstorm
(East Coast!........ Lou!)
Posted: Jun 15, 2009 14:38
 

this sounds like a '68 camaro, 350 cubic inches, of hot damn fun! {#Motor}
Papernapkin
(Mountain View, CA)
Posted: May 14, 2009 20:26
 

 lingchih wrote:
Anyone ever contemplate, if Jim Morrison had lived, what he would be doing now?
Sorry, stupid hypothetical. He would never had lived.
 
A cameo on Entourage? Or, oh! a guest spot on American Idol. Maybe Dancing with the Stars (if times were tough).
Proclivities
(Carrboro, NC)
Posted: Mar 12, 2009 18:10
 

govna wrote:
classic, but definitely one of the worst guitar solos of all time.

It's not the most spirited solo, granted, but certainly not one of the worst of all time. He stays in key, doodles around with a few modes. etc. My problem with this song is that I've heard it thousands of times and can't go a single day without hearing it.  Though I guess for songs I hear every day, I prefer this to "Sweet Home Alabama" or "Draggin' The Line".

HazzeSwede
(Vinyl Land)
Posted: Feb 09, 2009 3:54
 

 govna wrote:
classic, but definitely one of the worst guitar solos of all time.
 
But you like the organ solo?

holborne
(New York)
Posted: Jan 10, 2009 11:05
 

 kaybee wrote:
All you Doors naysayers pay close attention to the instrumental middle section; Densmore on drums; Manzarek on organ and Kreiger on guiter:  pure genius.  And the rest of this album lives up to it.   Even though Jimbo never lived to wear the white sweaty jumpsuit, the influence he's had on modern rock is seminal.  I know someone's going to make an ironic comment on that last word!   {#Naughty}
 
What influence has he had on modern rock? Serious question.