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    LZ, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Allman Brothers, Cream...
  1. The scene in "Full Metal Jacket" where 'gomer pyle' gets caught in the head with his M16 by his Drill Instructor. "Pyle, if you dont give me that rifle you are going to be in a world of shit" Pyle's reply, "I am in a world of shit..." and then does the DI and then himself...
  2. Me and my sister in Greensboro this past weekend.
  3. What do you mean by original, Steve? Are you referring to a the first run of the book? First edition, or something?
  4. I was gonna read the entire thread but you, sir, you have stolen the thunder right out from under me, albeit 4 months ago! A friend I went to grade school and high school with a huge Kiss fan. From freshman year on, he and I constantly battled over who was the better band. Constantly. I'd see him in the halls in school and yell, "Kiss sucks!". I'd slip notes in his wall-locker which would say the same thing...I've never, ever liked them because their "music" always boiled (dummed it down, as someone else said) things down to the lowest common denominator ...they were/are a caricature of themselves from day one, album one. Kiss came to St.Louis, (omg, i just went to a frickin' Kiss web site!) Oct. 2nd, 1979 and my friend bought two tickets...I dont know why (probably trying to convert me!) but he asked me to go and I said yes. Musta had nothing better to do that night. That would put me in the first semester of my sophmore year, so probably correct...Anywho, the show was quite the spectacle: fire, blood, explosions, etc. What was to be expected, I suppose. I'm glad he got to see his favorite band... I must assure y'all though, I wasn't converted...good show, sucky, cartoon band...
  5. Beside "Would" my fave is probably "Sickman" sickman, sickman...
  6. In the late seventies I used to collect all things Zep-or should I say "...all Zep things that a 15 year-old bus-boy could afford!" I used to have the usual: boots, belt-buckles (used to have an all-brass LZ that I wore non-stop, no doubt with short-shorts and white socks up to my knees! Hey, it was the seventies...) pins, posters, etc. There used to be a head shop a mile or two from my house. They used to sell music stuff as well as, er, 'head' stuff. They used to sell these things that were kinda like posters only they were made of wood. It was lile someone took a piece of plywood and then painted a pic on top of it...mine was "the boys", of course. It was from a concert pic, looks to me like '75. Believe it or not, I still have it! It's in my basement and is still in good condition. It probably cost me 10-15 bucks at the time. It was always the 'centerpiece' ( ) of my collection! Well, besides my copy of Japan '70 vinyl (which oddly, i still have) with the most crystal clear version of "Friends" - the rest of the album is barely audible! They are the remnants of my "collection". The music, official or not, is what does it for me these days...
  7. yeah, with a list like that...maybe i could get laid! Bloodylane is modest, too...doesn't want it to be know he was at the first rehearsal! Of course, that could be the jealosy in me talking...
  8. sorry so long winded! someone burnt me some real classics, history-wise, anyway. I have live in Amsterdam '68 - with Ray singing all the vocals 'cause Jim was in the local hospital! I also have their 2nd from last concert ever, Dallas '70. This is where they previewed "L.A Woman" and "Love Her Madly"...maybe even "the changeling". I cant remember 'cause I think i've listened to this one once! It sounds like the taper was in the upper level, nosebleed section or something. You can hear the music and vocals but it sounds like they are playing a block away! And it sounds like Jim is, um, tipsy. (GASP!) Oh well. I have quite a few '68 shows and beyond most are horrible sound quality. I hear the "perception" recordings have been really cleaned up. Dont have that yet...I have probably bought every doors (lz and Jimi) album/cassete/cd at least 15 tjimes over in the last 30 years!
  9. Where do I start? I started to learn about the doors in the fall of 1980, right after Bonzo passed. In fact, Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman release their book that year and I received it for Christmas 1980. Having just turned 17 in August of that year, I was totally devastated by the news of John's passing. In addition to some serious substance abuse issues I had at that time, I was being overwhelmed with panic attack/anxiety attacks/flashbacks---I did't know what they were and during Christmas of '80, my dad and step-mom had me admitted to an "adolesecent" center for troubled youths...While I was in their for 2-3 weeks, I devoured "NO One Here Gets Out Alive", the doors first real biography. I was hooked...my life, my attitude changed overnight. And not necesarily for the better. Hell, if Jim Morrison did 250 hits of pure LSD in one year, why couldn't I? Well, he was the Lizard King and I wasn't. I became a doors fan with a vengeance after that winter. I have followed them in great detail over the years, never surpassing my love for LZ, but right up there with them. The reason for that? Well, the bands were light years apart as far as the type of music they created. I always have my "exalted three" Jimi, lz, and the doors...never in competition with each other simply because they were so disimmlar...love them all.... But back to the original question. Favorite disc/album? Probably would have to go with their 1967 debut, if not just for "Light My Fire", which was really groundbreaking at the time. Musically, this song is incredible, with the jazzy solo's and the such...all culminating in the most unbelievable freaking sound-gasm I had heard (up to that point)...not many other have come close to this orgiastic explosion of 'music, sweet music'....(to quote Jimi). Fave Doors songs: too many to list, though I definately like the more "obscure" songs, not "the hits", as it were. For example, I'd much rather hear "My Eyes Have Seen You" than a more recognizable one such as, "Love me two time". I'll try to keep this brief: You're lost little girl, Twentieth Century Fox, Crystal Ship, Love Street, End of the night, Moonlight Drive, Strange Days (really love this one!), wintertime love, summer's almost gone, spanish caravan, yes the river knows, tell all the people, shaman's blues, ezy ride (sp?), do it, wild child, wishfull sinful, soft parade, waiting for the sun, you make me real, Peace Frog/Blue Sunday, indian summer, the changeling (awesome!), been down so long, the cars hiss by my window, l.a. woman, l' america (sp?), hyacynth house (the "demo" version on the '97 box set is freaking awesome!), whoops, forgot "Queen of the Highway". And yes, the "jazz" version on the same box set (imho) is better than version on the Morrison Hotel lp. Yeah, I almost forgot the JL Hooker cover (as mentioned above) of "Crawling Kingsnake". And of 'course, "Riders..." This was all from memory, so I may have missed a few. I loved his "crooner songs", all though they were certainly never marketed as such. He had an assload of charisma, though he was obviously a very flawed individual. I learned a lot from them and their music. In the early eighties, my good friend (whom I met in the adolescent "center") became mega-doors fans (whatever that is! ). He began to acquire a bunch of doors boots on lp---almost all of which I recorded by putting my cassete recorder in front of the speakers as the album played! This is how I recorded many lp's in the late 70's and early eighties (pre-82, anyway)! Some were really crappy sound, but one, probably my fave (boot) is the two sets from Stockholm, Sweden Sept. 20th (?) 1968. Sound near pristine, albeit in mono. You get to hear a version of "Love Street" live...in fact, at the beginning of the song, Jim has to give them a loud "shush" so they can hear it....also during one of the sets they preface "Alabamba Song" with the (early, I think) sixties song by bobby darin, "Mack the Knife" unbelievably good! I also have purchased all (but one) the live shows they have released on "Bright Midnight Records", which I think is a frickin' AWESOME endeavor! LZ take heed: I can only imagine all the reels and reels of shows that Jimmy probablly has in his possesion...throw us a bone James Patrick! Finally I'll finish with a few items: The one they released pre-x-mas, I believe was "live in Boston 1970". DO NOT BUY THIS SHOW. JIM MORRISON WAS DRUNK ON HIS ASS FOR BOTH SETS THEY PERFORMED THAT NIGHT. AND IT SHOWS!! Three remaining doors tryed to make it through the show, and they did. I had even more respect for them after hearing these shows. It gave me much perspective on what they had to endure...Dont buy it unless you want to keep it with the tempe, arizona lz performance....as some of the worst concerts by some of the best artists ever... Finally, "An American Prayer" is simply stunning, imho. They have a (relatively) new version of it with a few bonus tracks which are very poigiant (sp?), such as, "Bird of Prey" and a couple others... Finally (really, I swear this time!), I and my "teen rehab buddy" and his wife got tickets to see Ray Manzerak and poet Michael McClure perform at a StLouis area basement bar sometime early nineties. All three of us, uh, "riding the snake", so to speak! And this in the basement bar of a University City establishment that probaly held no more than a hundred people-max. Ray played electric piano while MM recited some of his poems -all night. I remebered he did one as a tribute to Jim called, "In memorium". They were both less than 10-12 feet away from me and my friends -the whole time! If you recall, Michael McClure was one the poets Jim looked up to before he was ever even in the doors...
  10. Johnny Lee Hooker wrote this song, the doors covered it.
  11. I knew the lyrics were available in the ITTOD songbook, in fact, I memorized them then, 1979. This was/still is my favorite song on the album. Had they continued, I would have loved, and I mean LOVED it if they would have made this one of the highlights of their '80--81 tour. The song is definately a metaphor for loss/pain/rebirth...what better subject for them to expound upon in those days following the death of Karac, the accident in Rhodes, etc. I love this song wiht all my heart and soul...I still have the songbook I purchased in '79--funny thing is, one of my hs buddies took a pencil eraser and "erased" JPJ's "eyes" on the cover photo--it makes him look like a zombie or something, hee hee! Of course, it's still like that to this day!
  12. once again, Janis' first know audio can be heard (on the box set) or youtube. I just found it. Just search 'Janis Joplin What good can drinkin' do' and you'll get to hear the audio, at least. This was recorded in 1962, years before she really took off!
  13. Yeah, that's how I understood it, as well. This thread is titled...
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