TUESDAY TUNES | THE DOORS | I LOOKED AT YOU
Posted on April 4, 2016 by Trace
J U K E B O X
T H E D O O R S
” I LOOKED AT YOU ”
The Doors began their run as the house band at The Whisky a Go Go opening for every group to play there from May 23 to August 21, 1966. They typically performed two sets per night.
Exposed to a wide-ranging audience, The Doors began to experiment daringly. Allegedly, the experiments often took the form of drug trips, and weekly tales of The Doors’ freaked-out adventures flew: “Morrison was so stoned last night he fell off the stage again”.
During this period The Doors opened for artists Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles, Johnny Rivers and many more.
The Doors performed as the house band at the Whisky a Go Go for the final time on August 21,1966.
Jim Morrison missed their first set and the other band members played without him. Before the second set, they went looking for him and find him in Room 203 of the Tropicana Hotel.
Jim has dropped acid and is wearing only underwear and a pair of boots. The guys quickly get Jim dressed and drag him to the Whisky for their next set. The last song they perform is “The End” and Jim improvises the Oedipal section into it for the first time, inserting lyrics about his mother and father.
Jim later explained what happened in a 1967 interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “One Sunday night at Whisky a Go Go — we were the second band — something clicked. I realized what the whole song was about, what it had been leading up to. It was powerful. It just happened. They fired us the next day.”
*Thanks to thedoorsguide.com
‘I looked at You’ track 8 on ‘The Doors’ their eponymous debut album by American rock band, recorded in August 1966 and released on January 4, 1967.
It features the breakthrough single “Light My Fire”, and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section. The Doors credit the success of the album to being able to work the songs out night after night at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood California, and the London Fog nightclubs.
The Doors was not only one of the albums to have been most central to the progression of psychedelic rock, but is also one of the most acclaimed recordings in all of popular music.
In 2012, it was ranked number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The original album has sold 20 million copies, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; “Light My Fire” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category, “Rock (track)”.