BIG ANNIVERSARY: "Light My Fire" hit #1 50 years ago this week
In celebration of Saturday's 50th anniversary of "Light My Fire" by The Doors reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Rhino today releases a limited-edition reproduction of the seven-inch single released in Japan in 1967. It will also put out a new digital and streaming maxi-single with three different versions of the iconic song -- the mono single version, the stereo album version and a live version from the Felt Forum in New York City (January 17th, 1970).
Robby Krieger recalls "Light My Fire" going to number-one in 1967:
"I remember I was sitting with my mom and dad and my brother and we were listening to the Top10 Countdown and 'Number-two, 'My Cherie Amour'' and then we knew that we were number-one and it was just great. That was like winning the lottery."
In October 1968, Buick offered The Doors $75,000 to use the song in a TV commercial for the Opel model -- "Come on, Buick, light my fire." Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek couldn't get in touch with Jim Morrison, who was in London at the time, and agreed to the deal without him. Upon his return, Morrison wigged out and threatened to personally smash an Opel with a sledgehammer on television should the commercial ever be aired. It was not.
Krieger will throw out the first pitch at tonight's (Friday) Los Angeles Dodgers game as the team joins in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of "The Summer of Love."
MICK JAGGER: Going solo this week
A day after his 74th birthday, Mick Jagger has given his fans a gift with the release today of two new songs -- "Gotta Get a Grip" and "England Lost" -- along with videos for each.
He says, "I started writing these two songs in April and wanted them out straight away. Doing a whole album often takes a long time even after finishing it with all the record company preparations and global release set-up. It’s always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately. I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing.”
He says his lyrics aren't entirely downbeat. "The message of 'Gotta Get a Grip' is, despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny.”
And in regards to "England Lost" he says, "Ostensibly, it’s about seeing an England football team lose, but when I wrote the title I knew it would be about more than just that. It’s about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history. It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity. That’s how I was feeling when I was writing. It's obviously got a fair amount of humor because I don’t like anything too on the nose, but it's also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country."
Both songs are available now in various mixes on all the major digital download sites.