Monday, June 1, 2009

Underated Classic - The Doors "Strange Days"

Sometimes even the best bands suffer the sophomore slump. But for LA Valley band and psychedelic legends The Doors, their second album was a ambitious flop. The 1967 record Strange Days went gold but died after its initial release. The records producer Paul Rothchild said "We all thought it was the best album. Significantly, it was also the one with the weakest sales. We were confident it was going to be bigger than anything The Beatles had done. But, there was no single. The record died on us." Many of the songs on Strange Days were tracks that never made it to the bands stellar self titled debut. Yet with the somewhat debate of Strange Days, it certainly did not hinder the bands success as it led to the follow up of 1968's Waiting for the Sun. Boasting two singles "People are Strange," and "Love me Two Times," The Doors still had attention of the radio waves as Jim Morrison's stage antics would tend to overshadow the bands success. Yet the record still failed to do anything overseas in the UK as the British invasion was still going strong. Yet it was Morrisson's stage tactics and tantrums that drew more people into the band and fans became curious over the American poet.