The Doors Jan 15, 2020 0:03:54 GMT
Post by Sheriff John Stone on Jan 15, 2020 0:03:54 GMT
OK, this one's for Doors' fans only...I think.
jk mentioned the song, "The Mosquito", in another thread."The Mosquito" is an interesting song. It was recorded for The Doors' second post-Jim Morrison album, and the last studio album by the band, Full Circle, in 1972. The song is credited to John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek, but I always felt the song was mostly composed by Robby Krieger. Here is a recollection from Robby:
"I was on vacation down in Mexico, and these three local musicians came down out of the hills. That would sing mariachi stuff, and they had this one song about a mosquito and that inspired me. That was actually our biggest selling single after Jim died because it was in Spanish and it did very well around the world. Not only in Latin countries, but in Europe. In fact there were a lot of covers, and some of them are pretty good."
"The Mosquito" is an eclectic song. It starts out as part mariachi-influenced with a deadpan vocal from Krieger, and then turns into an all out Doors' jam complete with outstanding playing from each member. It is arguably one of the best musical moments in the band's history - with or without Morrison. It proved, not that it was necessary, that the three surviving Doors still had that musical magic. As a diehard fan, it also made you wonder why they didn't rock out like that more often on Other Voices and Full Circle, and it absolutely left you wanting for more.
As Robby mentioned, "The Mosquito" became somewhat of a worldwide hit. It only went to No. 85 in the U.S., but it did much better in countries like Austria (No. 15) and The Netherlands (No. 18) of all places. The goofy beginning of the song along with Robby's vocal and lyrics turned the song into a Doors' cult favorite. In that later incarnation of The Doors with just Ray and Robby, requests for "The Mosquito" could be heard from the audience, and Ray and Robby often obliged! I'm posting a short snippet of "The Mosquito" from the 2008 Doors (or whatever they were calling themselves at that time) with Ray and Robby having fun, and also the studio version from Full Circle in 1972. I promise you that if you can sit through the first part of the song, you will be greatly rewarded by the incomparable talents of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore.