The Doors’ Surviving Members Record New Music Together
Three fourths of one of rock's most legendary bands, the Doors, have reunited to bask in some new found strange days. Seemingly never out of fashion, Ray Manzerek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore have teamed up with hipster DJ/producer Skrillex, (aka Sonny Moore), for a song the keyboardist considers the first new Doors music since 1972's 'Full Circle.'
As Manzerek told Rolling Stone, "I like to say this is the first new Doors track of the 21st century," Manzerek and Krieger apparently having done some hatchet burying with Densmore along the way.
Now while the collision of 1960's psychedelia and 21st century DJ culture may not be brand spanking new, (see The Orb & Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's "Metallic Spheres" or The Amorphous Androgynous' "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble" for a couple of fine examples), this certainly takes the concept to a different floor in that same building.
It's going to be a busy year for the Doors, as the band had already proclaimed 2012 as "The Year Of The Doors," with an armful of archive releases in the pipeline.
This collaboration is just a small piece of the puzzle that makes up a new documentary called 'Re-Generation.' The premise of the movie is the pairing up of seemingly distant worlds of music. As in, rappers mixing it up in a classical framework and Martha Reeves sharing a Match.com moment with Crystal Method. The music ranges from country to classical to hip hop to rock to dance music and back again. Kinda like one big bowl of strange cravings! Manzerek seems to think it all works very well, calling their collaboration "f---ing great."
The film, which premieres in early 2012, is already creating a lot of chatter, and things are in motion for this musical stew to be tied into next year's Grammy Awards with a variety of events. Just remember, Mr. DJ, when the music's over, please turn out the lights.
The Doors music is no stranger to some DJ treatment as proven by the wildly popular mash up of 'Riders On The Storm' and Blondie's 'Rapture.'