Monday Night Mojo – Top 10 Music (Mojo & Funk): (1) The Doors (Jim Morrison) – L.A. Woman (1971)




“Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light

Or just another lost angel?”


And here we are at the apex of mojo – The Doors with their “dark, theatrical blues-influenced psychedelic rock”, led by the poetic lyrics, deep silky voice and charismatic persona of Jim Morrison “aka Mr. Mojo Risin’ aka The Lizard King”.


At the suggestion of Morrison, their name came from the title of Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception, itself taken from William Blake – “When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite” (from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell).


The Doors well deserve (and will get) a Top 10 of their own, drawn from their six studio albums, from their self-titled debut album through to their final studio album before Morrison’s untimely (but not exactly unexpected death, even to him), L.A. Woman. I enjoy all six albums, but those two albums are my favorite.



And for this entry, there can only be one song, the title track of that final album – a song with so much mojo that it famously features as Mr. Mojo Risin’, an anagram of Jim Morrison no less, in the song’s break with its rising crescendo of unmistakably sexual rhythm (and a figure I’ve adopted into my own pagan mythology – I believe in L.A. Woman and Mr. Mojo Risin’).


Mr Mojo’ Risin’ indeed. Whoa yeah!