Doors stop

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The Independent Online

For those who do not partake of the heady mixture that is Sixties nostalgia, the Doors are simply a piece of wood for keeping rooms apart. For others, they provided the soundtrack to a time and a place. Digital remastering and induction into the "Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame" are one thing. But when a British goth-rocker is imported to front the relaunch, you do not have to be a purist to wonder about the wisdom of it all.

For those who do not partake of the heady mixture that is Sixties nostalgia, the Doors are simply a piece of wood for keeping rooms apart. For others, they provided the soundtrack to a time and a place. Digital remastering and induction into the "Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame" are one thing. But when a British goth-rocker is imported to front the relaunch, you do not have to be a purist to wonder about the wisdom of it all.

The Doors were, to a large part, Jim Morrison. His resurrection is not possible, the attempt not advisable. The remaining band members should remember that their songs, like all the most relevant pop music, was a child of its time. There is nothing sadder than the remnants of great bands trying to squeeze another drop of cash out of their past. As the man sang in 1967, "When the music's over/Turn out the lights".

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