Skrillex Featuring Members of the Doors, ‘Breakin’ a Sweat (It’s Alright)’ – Song Review
Let’s get this out of the way first: the song ‘Breakin’ a Sweat (It’s Alright)’ by Skrillex featuring members of the Doors is definitely not something that will automatically appeal to fans of the Doors. Skrillex is an electronic music producer known for his work in a genre called dubstep, and the Doors, of course, were a legendary rock band known for … well, being the Doors. Put them together, though, and the result is a far cry from the psychedelic blues jams Jim Morrison and his bandmates were pushing in the ’60s.
“I like to say this is the first new Doors track of the 21st century,” Ray Manzarek told RollingStone.com of the collaboration, which is from the soundtrack to forthcoming music documentary ‘Re:Generation.’ He’s not exaggerating — it is, in fact, the first original recording featuring all surviving members of the Doors since ‘An American Prayer’ surfaced in 1978. What does reopening the Doors sound like? It “sounds f—ing great, hot as hell,” insists Manzarek. “[Skrillex] plays his beat, all he had to do was play the one thing … I listened to it and I said, ‘Holy s—, that’s strong.’”
Manzarek seems to dig ‘Breakin’ a Sweat,’ which is essentially a reworking of the Miles Davis tune ‘Milestones’ with his own spooked keyboard riffs, guitarist Robby Krieger’s Spanish-blues licks and John Densmore’s steady drumming thrown on top Skrillex’s squealing synths and glitched-out beats.
But Morrison’s absence is deeply felt, and the vocal samples — including one of Manzarek saying “Come on baby, light my fire,” which is played a few too many times — do little to fill the void. In the end, it’s really not a rock tune at all; it’s more like the Doors reworked for DJs to spin at clubs. In other words, it has a great beat and you can dance to it.
Listen to Skrillex Featuring Members of the Doors, ‘Breakin’ a Sweat (It’s Alright)’: