This interview, conducted by Matthew Greenwald back in 1997, first appeared in issue 14 of The Tracking Angle. As Rhino readies the new Doors LP box set (now set for April, 2008), we figured it was a good time to present it here-ed.
Traditionally, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones duke it out for the tenuous title of Greatest. Band. Ever. Occasionally, The Beach Boys or Led Zeppelin are mentioned in the same discussion, but rarely, if ever, are The Doors seriously considered.
The Doors are an amazing group. Each of them are highly competent and talented musicians, yet music is only secondary to what they are doing. They are violently anti-commercial in their stance and their approach, and yet the finished product is highly commercial.
We’re sitting on a sofa in the control tower of studio one, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood. Before us on the other side of a huge picture window, engineer Bruce Botnick I setting up mikes and speakers.