Chris G wrote:I thought Iggy Pop was disqualified because the cliquey club doesn't like that he was close with Morrison and was inspired to form The Stooges after hearing The Doors.
First of all, I think it's only been DJMurphy who's been adamantly anti-Jim. Personally, I like a lot of Doors songs. "Peace Frog," etc. And I think Jim was a very good singer and a great frontman for a rock band. Charismatic, incendiary, sexual, dangerous, captivating, awesome hair, great pants, whatever.
Secondly, just because someone awesome was influenced by someone does not necessarily mean the influencer is equally awesome as the influencee. Elvis was influenced by the Ink Spots, but to my ears the Ink Spots are pretty boring.
I think Iggy Pop is the exact opposite of Jim Morrison. Bizarro Jim. Whereas Jim's lyrics try to sound far smarter than he actually was, Iggy tried to sound way dumber. Jim's band tried to pull off Bach while the Stooges kept it straight and simple. To each his own, of course.
But just because someone likes Iggy Pop does not mean they need to like (or even respect) Jim Morrison. I think Jim was a pretentious twat, and an absoultey terrible poet, but I respect what he brought to rock and roll, and I definitely like his band's songs a lot more than anything by, say, Arthur Lee and Love (except for "7 and 7 Is," which is perfect).
But I think accusations of cliquism are counterproductive to any critical discussion. In any group, with any issue, there is always the chance the someone will be the odd man out. Who cares? There are very few people in this forum who like American Idol. I do. And I'll defend it, like you defend the Doors. That, to me, is fun. And it's what this is all about. Take a stand and defend your position. That's what preposterous topics like this are for!
I probably won't convince anybody that American Idol is great who hasn't already seen the light, but if anybody wants to have that discussion I'll keep fucking trying...
In other words: it's not personal. Your love of the Doors is probably your least annoying quality. :)