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Remembering The Doors’ burning performance of ‘Light My Fire’ from their 1968 European tour

We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine Vault to bring you a very special performance of their iconic hit, ‘Light My Fire’.

In 1968, the world was a very different place. One of the most liberal moments in history, aka the swinging sixties, was coming to an end and with the growing commercialisation, the humble hippy was being squeezed out of counter-culture it created.

With the drug-filled haze of the seventies a looming tidal wave on the horizon, the outlook was becoming a little bleak. But that didn’t mean that a band from Los Angeles couldn’t show up and confirm there was still a little bit of off-beat-bark left in the old dog yet.

That band were The Doors, and with their enigmatic leader Jim Morrison, they would not only develop the anti-establishment rhetoric of the hippy movement but go on to define their own. Crafting the psychedelic spin into their own head-turning sound, The Doors became the only band of the counter-culture movement who possessed a real threat.

At this time, the band were completing their now-notorious European tour. A tour that would gather up yet more followers at every stop of their tour, capturing them with their sensual performance and sultry sound. With this tour, the group pushed themselves away from any faction, any establishment, and any political rhetoric. The Doors were not anybody’s to own.

It was this position that endeared the band to the heart of their fans and it’s left a lasting impression. The Doors’ influence on culture, and music, in particular, is hard to argue with. The group’s development of musical artistry must’ve been an inspiration to so many artists in the 70’s who developed their own characters, films and content, as well as their own musical direction.

Morrison, in particular, combined the intensity and fervour of Elvis Presley with the poetic intellectualism of Dylan. When matched with the kind of fiery defiance to authority that Morrison possessed in spades, the seeds of punk were silently being sowed. Morrison was a visionary, always looking to “break on through to the other side” as it were.

They were trend-setter in the least and revolutionaries at their best. The full trailer for the European tour can be found below and is just incredibly, brilliantly inflammatory, even now, let alone the 60’s. They must’ve felt like snake-hipped devils.

For now, take in the two versions of ‘Light My Fire’. Give yourself a treat and watch the video below.

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