I know that The Doors are supposed to be this monumental, influential band… that their references to spirituality and drug use were groundbreaking… that there are plenty of people who adore Jim Morrison as a poet and singular voice ahead of his time…
But The Doors have never really done it for me. Sure, it’s not tough to admire the production values of their hard rock sound, but it generally seems so turgid and forced. Their songs, while fine, rarely connect with me on an emotional or exhilaration level. I just don’t get it, man.
The one song I’ve always dug, though, is “Touch Me,” passionate and sleazy and dramatic. Where the band’s seriousness often weighs them down to my ears, here they sounds liberated by their ambition.
The track is instantly recognizable with a signature keyboard and rhythm that stays in your head. The lyrics work, too: The simple and universal message of physical attraction is manifested both sonically and lyrically Those horns and keys just sounds so good together.