Cryogenics – Can it Be Part of Mankind’s Future?

Cryogenic Studies Treading on Thin Ice

Futurama's Fry

The resurgence of Matt Groening’s popular side project Futurama, given the green light for another three series after an eight year hiatus, reminds us all of a science which is rarely given the virtue of credibility it deserves: Cryogenic freezing. Regular readers will know that this topic is almost taboo in the scientific realm.

Whilst Futurama does well to simplify such an incongruous scientific field for the sake of comedy, as has Sylvester Stallone’s action thriller Demolition Man and Mike Myers spy comedy Austin Powers, few people realise that the notion of freezing a human being cryogenically is something that has been extensively looked into since the early 1960’s.

The notion of cryogenics was first conceived in late 1964 by Robert Ettinger, a college physicist after fighting in World War Two for the USA. He wrote a self published book titled, The Prospect of Immortality, outlining the rationale and methods of cryonics. He sent it to over 200 people who featured on a ‘Who’s Who in America’ list at the time in order to get publicity. Isaac Asimov, a highly regarded physicist at the time, gave Ettinger’s book credibility by stating that his theories were feasible and well backed up.

Shortly after Ettinger’s non-fiction book, Evan Cooper founded the world’s first cryogenic society, the Life Extension Society (LES), in 1963 which still runs today. However Cooper himself quit the field in 1970, stating he became jaded by a study which reaped no rewards in terms of advancement.

So why, after 50 years, are we still unsure of the process of cryogenics?

The scientific study of cryonics has been met with much criticism, legal issues, court reforms and bad press since its conception. Robert Nelson established the Cryonics society of California in the mid 60’s in the city of Chatsworth. He took on anyone who was willing to be frozen and kept them hidden in a crypt whilst he sought to pioneer the technology to successfully thaw them alive. He could not maintain the cryopreservation due to poor revenue and so his crypt was uncovered to the public. His patients had to be thawed which led to their deaths. This led to the common phrase in cryogenic circles, ‘The Chatsworth Disaster’. Due to the fact that studies yield no concrete evidence that suggest it can be done, whilst maintaining a financial foothold, the majority of the scientific community dropped studying cryogenics.frozen man

It was the Chatsworth disaster that instigated a split in the late 1970’s, as the ‘The Society for Cryobiology’ sought to disassociate cryobiology (study of animals at low temperatures) and cryonics (study of unsustainable humans at low temperatures), condemning any scientist’s efforts to conjoin the two. Mainstream media also played a part in halting the progress of cryonics as scientists began to view the idea as pure fantasy: cue Matt Groening.

Who knows what the future holds for Cryopreservation. At present only five companies in the world openly operate as a cryogenic facility – only one resides outside of the US (Russia). The nature of the field is such that it could be another year before we establish technology to freeze and thaw humans, or it could take another century.

Would you like to be Cryogenically frozen?

Is James Bond Good or Bad? Casino Royale by Ian Fleming – A Review

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Daniel Craig looking bad ass.

James Bond’s First Mission as 007

Given the impressive release of Skyfall (2012), the 23rd Eon produced James Bond film; Daniel Craig’s 3rd outing as the British spy, and the 50th anniversary of the franchise, I decided to start reading the books to get a feel for who the real Fleming-inspired James Bond really is.

A common misconception is that Dr No is Bond’s first mission due to the first screen adaptation with Sean Connery. However, Fleming’s first book in the spy series in Casino Royale is referenced throughout the story as Bond’s first mission as a British Secret Service agent.

After working as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, Fleming set out to write the spy stories to beat all spy stories. Living in his Jamaican home, which he built and named ‘Goldeneye’, Fleming wrote Casino Royale in two months.

Upon its publication in 1954, the book had sold out its print runs in the first, second and third months of its release. Whilst sales in the US were very slow, the UK couldn’t get enough of its new Cold War era hero.

Authir Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming with For Your Eyes Only

In his first mission as a double-O, Bond is tasked with bankrupting Le Chiffre at the casino in Royale-Les-Eaux, who is bankrolling the Russian counter-intelligence organisation SMERSH (literal meaning in Russian as Death to Spies). M., the head of British Intelligence, sends Vesper Lynd to assist Bond in his mission, as well as Rene Mathis from French Intelligence and Felix Leiter from the C.I.A.

The story is well known to contemporary Bond fans, thanks to Daniel Craig’s first film, so I was keen to see if there were many different aspects to the book than the film, as there often are.

In short, there isn’t. The film stayed pretty close to the core of the story. The main deviations were in there openings, as Fleming chose to start with Bond playing in the casino rather than perform a vast array of stunts, jumps and chases. Dr No started very similarly to Casino Royale where the first image of Sean Connery as Bond was playing the winning card in a game of Baccarat whilst smoking a cigar.

After just three chapters, it was clear that Fleming nailed the art of keeping the readers interest for the duration. Every chapter finished with a major event which moved the story forward dramatically, maintaining a fast pace to the narrative.

A marked difference in Bond’s character is his attitude towards women. When he first hears of Vesper’s assistance he immediately frowns and says that women have no place on a mission of such importance and that she should be in the kitchen where a woman belongs!

The finest part of the book is when Vesper is kidnapped and Bond chases after her. He gets caught himself in the process – this is his first mission after all – he gets tortured and blacks out.

From here Fleming gets very philosophical and creates a moral quandary in Bond’s head – is he a good man doing an immoral job or a bad man doing whats right for his country?

This very theme is what drives Daniel Craig’s Bond in Skyfall, and leaves the audience feeling torn as to whether he is the conventional hero we’ve come to expect.

What do you think? Is James Bond a good or bad guy?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Best Sitcom Out Right Now?

Season 8 Promo

Season 8 Promo

I started watching this American sitcom over the summer, after seeing seven seasons available on Netflix, and found It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia compulsively hilarious viewing. As a result, I thought I’d write a quick post to spread the word of this comedy gem.

The show follows Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day), Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton), Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Olsson) and Mac (Rob McElhenney) who all own ‘Paddy’s Pub’, an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

The four narcissistic, self-centred, money-grabbing pals constantly come up with ludicrous get-rich-quick schemes whilst doing the best they can to double cross each other in their deceitful and childish ways. From season two onwards,  Dennis and Dee’s father Frank Reynolds (Danny De Vito) joins the gang and gives the show some status with an A-list Hollywood actor too.

One of the best things about the show is it’s dark, immoral and awkward-situation humour. Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm will know all about these themes but Its Always Sunny takes it to a whole new level as the characters we connect with and love, don’t have any empathy, moral integrity or understanding of society outside of “The Gang”.

In the episode “The D.E.N.N.I.S System” Dennis describes his system of luring girls to have sex with, thus creating his ‘Playboy’ image he has cultivated for himself.

This snippet above represents the sheer egotistical arrogance of Dennis and his vulgar father in Frank. The video below, from the episode “The Gang Buys a Boat”, is a great example of Dennis hatching a plan thats so morbidly ridiculous to everyone else, but in its head it’s perfectly fine.

In possibly one of my favourite episodes I have seen, the gang help Frank and Charlie, who sleep together on a futon, solve the mystery of who pooped the bed. Mac and Dennis decide to do some overnight surveillance but end up falling asleep. Then in the morning…

The show is currently airing its eighth season on FX but probably won’t be shown in the U.K. for some time. If only there was some way of watching it online…

Inglourious Basterds – One of the Best Openings to a Film Ever?

Hans Landa

Colonel Hans Landa

Recent films rarely possess the gift of grabbing you by the throat as soon as the opening credits finish rolling by, but who else is capable of crafting this type of beginning but the film making maestro Quentin Tarantino.

His previous creations such as Reservoir Dogs (1992), the Kill Bill’s (2003) and Pulp Fiction (1994) have all mesmerised audiences and critics with their punchy in-your-face action, lengthy scenes of clever Shakespearian dialogue, shocking blood soaked violence and zany off-the-wall characters.

Inglourious Basterds (2009) is no mould breaker for the director, setting a very high bar in terms of action, intensity and engaging dialogue in the first ten minutes. The film opens with ‘The Green Leaves of Summer’ by Nick Perito playing whilst the opening title credits roll. This has elements of The Godfather theme to it as well as making you feel like you’re in a quaint French town. Then Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna)’, basically Fur Elise with a bit of a Mexican stand-off style rhythms played in between, cuts in whilst Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet), a French dairy farmer, chops wood. A car approaches the farm and Perrier orders his daughters inside immediately.

SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) steps out of the car and asks Perrier inside his home for a discussion. Sounds pretty low key and boring so far right? One of the greatest things about this scene is that the tension slowly builds, without the audience really knowing why at first. Landa’s friendly, understanding and eloquent etiquette seems very sinister for an SS soldier. That coupled with Perrier’s constant anguished complexion during their initial discussion, makes the audience feel on edge and ready for something to happen.

Tarantino seems to have turned things that would usually be so simple, and frankly boring, into something intense and suspenseful. For example, Landa asking for a glass of milk seems so harmless and arbitrary but the way the camera fixes on him taking every gulp, the irrelevance of it makes you feel like something is not quite right. When Perrier stands and walks behind Landa to get his pipe, you half expected Perrier to turn around with a machine gun and shoot Landa there and then, or pick up the axe he used to chop the wood and decapitate him. Tarantino shocked us in Jackie Brown (1997) when Samuel L. Jackson shot Robert De Niro whilst they were talking in a van, not to mention De Niro shooting Jane Fonda in a mall car park in broad daylight just before that. But all Perrier does is sit back down again, lights his pipe and politely answers Landa’s questions.

Tense scene from the film

Tense

The reason for Landa’s visit is to conduct a search of Perrier’s home for a Jewish family that was known to live in the village, but has recently gone missing since the Fuhrer announced the extermination of all Jews. As Perrier answers Landa’s probing questions, the camera pans around the table where the two men are sitting and slowly lowers down to the floor, through the floorboards and finally stops at the Jewish family in question, lying directly beneath the table hands covering their mouths.

This is the moment of comprehension for the audience, as the tension that is running riot throughout the scene suddenly becomes clear. Perrier is harbouring an enemy of the state literally under the nose of an SS soldier. Violin strings pick up, straight away prompting us that something is going to happen very soon. From then on, what makes the scene so mesmerising is the engaging conversation the two men have.

Now the audience has the knowledge that Perrier is hiding a Jewish family, you are screaming at the screen for Landa to get up and walk out. But Landa offers Perrier an ultimatum, which stokes up the electricity of the scene to high voltage.

end of the opening

Climax

If Perrier reveals the whereabouts of the Jewish family, his own family will not be harassed by German military ever again. Perrier cannot contain his sorrow behind a cool exterior any longer. Landa notices and the look of sudden realisation on his face shows he was merely bluffing to gauge Perrier’s reaction, ‘You are sheltering enemies of this state, are you not?’ replies Landa with his articulate masquerade slipping.

The scene’s finale is an eruption of activity ending with 18 year old Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) escaping to the French countryside, after her family are slaughtered by the Germans. This entire chapter of the film embodies what the film is about; slow build in tension, the sudden realisation in tension by the audience, a jaw dropping blood stained finale. Repeat process.

Only Tarantino, you feel, can construct such a cataclysmic opening scene as this, and still maintain the audience’s interest to the end credits. He has delivered a classic World War Two film in Inglourious Basterds, though admittedly Hitler does burn to death in a collapsing theatre in the finale, but the fresh and bold approach to this war epic invigorates the genre, at a time when audiences have perhaps forgotten about it.

Matchday 4: Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool held, Arsenal rampant and Spurs Slick

John Terry causing a stirThe brief interlude of an international break disrupted the fluidity of Chelsea’s attack on Saturday as QPR secured just their second point of the season in a 0-0 draw. Julio Cesar had a baptism of fire with his first Premier League appearance against a Chelsea side that have started the season in free scoring mode.
 The match’s build-up was dominated by the race row between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry and as expected, neither shook hands before the game. It was a feisty game with plenty of robust challenges and a couple of penalty shouts, but overall QPR deserved their hard fought point. You would expect them to slowly grow more prominent as the season wares on, with Esteban Granero and Julio Cesar, two potentially important players, getting to grips with the Premier League.
Chelsea have often struggled at Loftus Road, winning just two of 18 top flight games there. The race row, which emerged last season at QPR, promises to make encounters lively for some time yet. The result means that Chelsea sit just one point clear, with ten points, at the top of the table and QPR are nestled in the third relegation spot on two points.
Liverpool actually scoringLuis Suarez managed to rescue Liverpool’s second point of the season in a 1-1 draw with a stubborn Sunderland. Steven Fletcher scored his third goal in two games for Sunderland in the 29th minute when he converted a cross straight down the middle of the goal. Glen Johnson powered forward time and time again, causing a lot of problems for Sunderland all afternoon, but it was a Raheem Sterling Cross to Luis Suarez at 71 minutes which drew Liverpool level. Brendan Rodgers said afterwards:

  “The performance was outstanding, both our creativity and our movement, and there was a really good tempo and rhythm to our game. (bbc.co.uk)

The fact of the matter is that Liverpool need to be more ruthless in front of goal. They had 20 shots in the entire game and only nine were on target. Sunderland had just six shots and four on target, yet they scored the same amount of goals as Liverpool in the game.

Despite Sunderland’s excellent defensive displays and attacking threat, they have accrued only three points in four games. With Martin O’Neal at the helm though, the Black Cats should finish in a respectable position this season.

 
Owen for Stoke
In the day’s other draw, Manchester City battled 1-1 with Tony Pulis’ Stoke side, who are undergoing a slight transformation. With Steven N’Zonzi, Michael Kightly and Charlie Adam all starting as Michael Owen was on the bench, Stoke have more variety to their play now, meaning they are far more dangerous. City gave debuts to Scott Sinclair, Maicon and Javi Garcia with the latter scoring the equaliser, but they were out of sorts in the absence of Sergio Aguero. David Silva, who has just signed a new five year deal, though suffering a dip in form, was needed for more creative spark. Peter Crouch scored a controversial goal as he fumbled his way through the City defence, seemed to control the ball with his arm a few times, before slotting home.

City are now on eight points and have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season. Stoke are now on a ten game streak of failing to win a Premier League game. They’ll have a tough trip against Chelsea next to avoid that increasing to eleven.

Gibbs and GervinhoLevel on points with City are Arsenal, who thumped a floundering Saints side 6-1. Two own goals, both from Kieran Gibbs crosses, A Lukas Podolski free kick, two strikes from Gervinho and a late strike from Theo Walcott leaves Southampton without a single point in their first four games.

Saints though, have scored in every game and it was down to a Wojciech Szczesny spill that let Danny Fox slam a consolation home. Talk of Arsenal as title contenders will either die down or boil over after their next two games; Manchester City and Chelsea away. Southampton have scored against teams who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Premier League last season which should be an ounce of encouragement for the coming games.

 
Alexander Buttner's debut

Manchester United dispelled any hint that they would struggle without Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie when they trounced a woeful Wigan side 4-0. Alexander Buttner produced a dominating debut as he scored from a marauding run into the box and set up Hernandez for United’s second goal. The imperious Paul Scholes scored on his 700th appearance for United and Sir Alex Ferguson won on his 500th home league game in charge of United.

Wigan were dreadful at Old Trafford and have lost all seven league matches at United, conceding 24 goals, since promoted in 2006. The Latics back four continuously struggled to cope with Nani’s trickery, Welbeck’s runs, Scholes’ passing and Buttner’s weaving runs. If they don’t address their defensive problems soon, this may be their season to go down.

Results

Norwich 0 0 West Ham
Arsenal 6 1 Southampton
Aston Villa 2 0 Swansea
Fulham 3 0 West Brom
Man U 4 0 Wigan
QPR 0 0 Chelsea
Stoke 1 1 Man City
Sunderland 1 1 Liverpool
Reading 1 3 Tottenham
Everton – Newcastle (Kick-off Monday evening)

Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magik Review

Track Listing
Blood Sugar Sex Magik album cover
  1. The Power of Equality
  2. If You Have to Ask
  3. Breaking the Girl
  4. Funk Monks
  5. Suck My Kiss
  6. I Could Have Lied
  7. Mellowship Slinky in B Major
  8. Righteous and the Wicked, The
  9. Give it Away
  10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  11. Under the Bridge
  12. Naked in the Rain
  13. Apache Rose Peacock
  14. The Greeting Song
  15. My Lovely Man
  16. Sir Psycho Sexy
  17. They’re Red Hot
1991 was a fantastic year for music. Nirvana released Nevermind, now certified Diamond, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, another grunge album certified Diamond as of 2012, Primal Scream released Screamadelica, Metallica produced their eponymously titled album with singles ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Sad But True, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally made it big with their fifth studio recording Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Their previous album Mothers Milk garnered mixed reviews, with many problems centred on a lack of structure, creative channelling and over distorted guitar in their songs, giving a lack of clarity to their tracks. Their best song on the album was a Stevie Wonder cover ‘Higher Ground’.
In 1988 Chili’s guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose and their drummer Jack Irons left the band, leaving Anthony Kiedis and Flea to search for new recruits. Guitarist John Fruscianti and drummer Chad Smith were put in place to replace the departed and formed the most consistent line-up the Chili Peppers ever had.
Production took place at Harry Houdini’s mansion in Hollywood, now owned by record producer Rick Rubin who suggested the band record there. Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles all stayed there during their careers to write songs and jam and the Chili Peppers certainly benefited from the creative atmosphere the magician’s home permeated.
Harry Houdini's famous recoding studio mansionBlood Sugar was heralded by critics as their most outstanding achievement upon release in 1991, and saw the band traverse new avenues in funk, punk and metal.
The opening track ‘Power of Equality’ possesses the trademark of Kiedis’ lyrical prowess as a rapper, but the difference being that there is a melody supporting him. The Chili Peppers were often berated by critics and record producers for not having a significant melody to their songs. Radio dj’s deemed their songs not radio-worthy due to this, leading to less exposure for the band. On top of that, there was too much explicit material in Kiedis’ lyrics to be able to make a sufficient radio edit.
Blood Sugar though, like the Chili Peppers previous studio albums, is one long sexual innuendo from start to finish. This is what The Chili Peppers are all about and what fans expect from them, except this time there seems to be a method to their madness. Organised chaos may be the best way to describe the album.
Antony Kiedis posing
‘Sir Psycho Sexy’, arguably the album’s best track, slaps you in the face with its sexual imagery. Kieids becomes an exaggerated ideal of himself as a sex-hungry animal of a man ‘with demons in his semen.’ Fruscianti’s guitar tone on the chorus is teasingly heavy, Flea’s punk-funk bass line throughout the eight minutes of the sexual frenzy sways around the song playfully. The song’s greatest moment though is at 5:41 where a trippy instrumental winds the song down to a mellow climax, with violins repeating Fruscianti’s riff and drawing the curtains on Kiedis’ debauchery.
‘Under The Bridge’, originally a poem Kiedis wrote whilst at his lowest, and almost didn’t make the album until Rubin’s insistence paid off, ended up being a major hit single for the band. ‘Give it Away’ was conceived by Flea and Smith aimlessly jamming and Kiedis coming out of nowhere with the songs iconic chorus, ‘giveitawaygiveitawaygiveitaway now.’ ‘Suck My Kiss’ and ‘Naked in the Rain’ exemplify the bands ferocious libido further too.
Touring of the album was hugely successful as they played shows with Billy Corgan’s The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Tensions were boiling though between Fruscianti and Kiedis. Pearl Jam were deemed not big enough to perform alongside the Chili Peppers and so plans were in place for them to be replaced by Nirvana. Corgan however, refused to play alongside Kurt Cobain, who was dating Courtney Love, a past flame of Corgan’s. The Smashing Pumpkins left, Pearl Jam stayed and Nirvana joined.
The Chili’s performance on Saturday Night Live proved to be the tipping point for Kiedis as Fruscianti, it seemed, deliberately upstaged Kiedis by playing out of tune, out of time and wrecking the songs closing chorus. Keidis said of the performance:

[Frusciante] was experimenting the way he would have if we’d been rehearsing the tune. Well we weren’t. We were on live TV in front of millions of people and it was torture. I started singing in what I thought was the key he was playing in. I felt like I was getting stabbed in the back and hung out to dry in front of all of America while this guy was off in a corner in the shadow, playing some dissonant out-of-tune experiment (source)

Chili Peppers live
Fruscianti quit the band and for the next six years went on a downward spiral of drugs, self harm and depression. Flea kept in regular contact and helped him be admitted to rehab. Kiedis was open to the idea of him returning, after Dave Navarro quit in 1998, and met the guitarist to resolve the issues they had with each other.
To this day, ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under the Bridge’ remain the band’s most played songs on tours and shows, owing to the lasting legacy Blood Sugar Sex Magik created for them.

The Doors- ‘LA Woman’ Review

Iconic Jim Morrison image(40thanniversary edition)
Track Listing
  1. The Changeling
  2. Love Her Madly
  3. Been Down So Long
  4. Cars Hiss By My Window
  5. LA Woman
  6. L’America
  7. Hyacinth House
  8. Crawling King Snake
  9. The Wasp 
  10. Riders On The Storm
Throughout a turbulent few months for me with graduation, finding a job and moving house I have needed music that has relaxed me and put me back into a mellow state of mind again.
The Doors’ sixth studio album LA Woman did just that and has remained a reliable source of de-stressing when needed, mainly due to its blues-rock style and ‘cocktail jazz’- a term commonly used as a derogatory remark about the album.
LA Woman turned out to be their most commercially successful and Rolling Stone magazine marked it as no. 362 in its ‘500 Greatest Albums of all Time’ list. It was also Jim Morrison’s last studio album before he died two months after its release. Morrison is now part of a collective term called ‘The 27 Club’ referring to musicians who have all died at the age of 27 including Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones and more recently, Amy Winehouse.
The album gets off to an upbeat start with ‘The Changeling’ which features the bands iconic organ sound layered beneath Morrison’s coarsely sung verses. As ever, Robby Krieger’s guitar swoons gently in unison with the vocals creating an uplifting start to the album.
‘Love Her Madly’ follows the upbeat mood but with a more blues tinge to the beat by adding a piano part which bounces melodically along in the background. These first two songs however signal a distinct deterioration in Morrison’s voice. ‘Been Down So long’ certainly adds credence to that fact as his vocals borders on the irritating at times.
LA Woman album coverThe next two tracks though completely dispel the notion that Morrison is past his best and give the album its gentler touch. Firstly with ‘Cars Hiss by My Window’, the poeticism involved makes you feel like you’re lazing on a Sunday summers evening by the shore. Who doesn’t want to feel like that listening to a song? Secondly the album’s title track ‘LA Woman’, a key hit single in any collection of the band’s best achievements, gallops at a contagiously head swaying rate until a smooth interlude. Lyrically, ‘LA Woman’ sees the band at their poetically enigmatic best. After the interlude, Morrison repeatedly sings the line ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’’, an anagram for Jim Morrison, which has an interestingly persistent rumour behind it. Upon Morrison’s death in 1971, there was no official autopsy and the police report cited a heart attack which killed the singer. But there are many conspiracy theorists who believe that Morrison had faked his own death, due to differing accounts from his life-long companion Pamela Courson, Alain Ronay (a photographer friend of Morrison’s) and police reports differing from the medical reports. Supposedly, if Morrison had faked his own death, he would use the term ‘Mr Mojo Risin’’ as a way of communicating with his close friends and band members.
The Doors posing for a photo
The album’s crowning achievement though is without a doubt its closing track ‘Riders On The Storm’. The song starts with torrential rain and thunder slowly fading in until the cyclical bass line kick-starts the track. Morrison’s voice is at its smooth, swooning best as he opens with the song’s title. Lines like, ‘There’s a killer on the road, his brain is squirming like a toad’ is said laconically, undermining the sinister undertones of the song. The reverb on Krieger’s guitar accentuates the rain, as if water was vibrating off the strings, and saturates the earthy bass line. From 2009, the song was inducted into the Grammy hall of fame and has been covered by many different artists including Santana, with Linkin’ Park Vocalist Chester Bennington singing and Ray Manzarek on keyboard as he did for The Doors in the studio recording.
Overall, the album is by far The Doors greatest studio recording and was the least toured lasting just two shows until, on the second show, the stage fell through because Morrison slammed the microphone stand down on it too hard. Afterwards, he announced his retirement from live shows and moved to Paris with Pam until his death two months later. The band split up in 1973 after two albums –Other Voices and Full Circle– without Morrison, with Manzarek and Krieger taking vocal duties, but couldn’t recreate the same chemistry without the late singer. Who knows how much more successful The Doors would have become had Morrison survived.
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