Contact Us

The Rolling Stones vs. The Doors – Clash of the Titans


In Clash of the Titans this week, we’re putting up two songs from 1967 that caused controversy — and classic rock history — when their bands performed them on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Light My Fire’ by the Doors.

On Jan. 15, 1967, before the Stones made their fourth appearance on Sullivan’s show, CBS told the band that the title of their new single, ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together,’ was unfit for the family-friendly program. Instead, they would have to sing, ‘Let’s Spend Some Time Together.’ The Stones complied, but Mick Jagger‘s eye-rolling every time he sang the new lyric let the audience know that it wasn’t his call.

Eight months later, on Sept. 17, 1967, the network asked the Doors to change the lyric in ‘Light My Fire’ that said, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better,” due to the drug connotations of the word “higher.” Although the band said they would make the switch, come airtime, Jim Morrison sang the original line, which went out over live TV. The stunt earned the group a banishment from the Sullivan show.

So which is more rock n’ roll, subtle contempt or outright defiance? We’ve embedded clips of both performances below so you can decide. This Clash of the Titans will be open until May 18 at 11:59PM Eastern, and you can vote once an hour.

Watch the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Let’s Spend ‘Some Time’ Together’

Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on

Watch the Doors Perform ‘Light My Fire’

Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on

Next: Top 10 Mick Jagger Rolling Stones Songs

Next: Top 10 Doors Songs

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!