Monday, October 13, 2008

this post is made from the skins of dead jim morrisons

Several days ago, when I composed this post about Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," it occurred to me that while I like several singers who were clearly heavily influenced by Jim Morrison - most notably Julian Cope and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch - I don't really care for Morrison himself that much. There is something cool about the deep voice action, sure, but so often Morrison's delivery is sooooo over the top, and the lyrical misses sooooo bad, that I don't think I could ever describe myself as a Doors fan (sorry, Dan).

This got me to thinkin' 'bout other cases where I like the sons better than the fathers. Here are some that came to me right away:

The Byrds
REM, Robyn Hitchcock, Tom Petty

The Beach Boys
Lindsey Buckingham, Lloyd Cole, the Blue Nile, The Negro Problem / Stew

Big Star
Game Theory/the Loud Family, the Replacements, the Posies

Stereolab
Broadcast

I'm getting diminishing returns from thinking about it more, so I'll throw it over to the readership at this point.

Oh, and while I'm not a Doors fan, I am a fan of this skit. "Greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls."

4 comments:

DS801 said...

I wonder if any other group with just six studio albums to their credit has had as many greatest hits/best of/boxed sets as The Doors? (I'm not including the two post-JM LPs, none of which are represented in the hits packages anyway).
I suppose every five years there's another group of 14-year-olds ready for *their* Doors album. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

2fs said...

I wouldn't have thought of Lloyd Cole as a son of a Beach...Boys - but I guess that if you imagine Lou Reed as a Beach Boy, it works. (And that's not as bizarre as it sounds, either - remember Reed began writing pop-by-the-numbers for a Tin Pan Alley publisher...)

Miles said...

I wouldn't have thought of Lloyd Cole as a son of a Beach...Boys - but I guess that if you imagine Lou Reed as a Beach Boy, it works.

That works very well. Cole also has a good bit of jangle at times, especially in the Commotions days, so I guess he could be a Son of a Byrd as well.

Flasshe said...

Someday you'll break on through to the other side, man. Come join us at the Celebration of the Lizard.