Morrison by a country mile! I certainly have respect for Bowie and David Bowie 1947 2016 legends never die signature shirt his career, but I never felt particularly challenged by any of his music. They’re fun listens, but The Doors changed my life. Jim Morrison wrote like a surrealist artist paints, and I find new meaning every time I listen to his words. They grabbed my attention, challenged my perceptions and made me re-examine who I was. When he wasn’t completely inebriated, Morrison was a brilliant showman and enigmatic figure without an insane amount of pomp and flashiness as a crutch. His words and his natural theatrical charisma onstage were all it took to cultivate a dynamic stage presence that exuded moody darkness. And he was lucky to have three incredibly talented musicians behind him to further support his lyrics with a swath of influences to glean on (blues, jazz, psychedelia, raga, classical, etc.) He was really the first person to define that classic “rock star” trope, and sometimes I feel like the true gravity and uniqueness of his lyrics are precluded by his wild lifestyle, good looks, and early death.
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But because he set that David Bowie 1947 2016 legends never die signature shirt standard, I feel like there’s no David Bowie without Jim Morrison. Even then, I feel like Bowie more of a performance artist- his whole paradigm was about his alter-egos and I feel like his music was merely a supplement to the act. His songs are funky and fun and off-kilter, but they don’t hit nearly as hard as Doors songs (at least to me) because they’re supposed to be fun and marketable so they can sell. The Doors, while they had their fair share of fun radio hits, those fun radio hits still had more unique lyrics and darker themes. I mean, even “Light My Fire” -which is itself a catchy pop tune- has that Morrison touch of darkness to Robby Krieger’s pop lyrics (“The time to hesitate is through/no time to wallow in the mire/try now we can only lose/and our love become a funeral pyre”). Always that lurking sense of uncertainty in the Dionysian revelry! Bowie, I feel was about putting on such vivid visual spectacles that the music seems almost ancillary. I feel like that detracts from the substance of the music.