Music: The Doors - When You're Strange *
My colleague, Paul Whitington, is unimpressed with the documentary film of the same name (see review, page 13) and I'm similarly unmoved by its soundtrack.
There's nothing here to change my mind that The Doors just might be the most over-rated band of all time. Sure, the music is very much of its time -- emblematic of the drug-fuelled, hazy, anything goes mentality of the late 60s -- but it just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. For evidence, just listen to Riders of the Storm with fresh ears -- it's comically overblown, like so much of their oeuvre.
The music, a mix of well-known and rarer songs, is intercut with Johnny Depp reading Jim Morrison's poetry. A fine actor Depp may be, but even he is unable to elevate Morrison's profundity-seeking verse above the mundane.
Burn it: People are Strange