The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 157

The London Ear RTE 2XM nessymon

The London Ear RTE 2XM nessymon

This week was a really tough one for me. The heat was a killer with temperatures here in London getting up to and over 30°C. It was enough for me and my pasty Irish skin to buy a UV umbrella to try and get away from some of the sunlight. (Just got an idea for another blog post).

What people don’t tell you is that when you’re away on your holibobs, well, that’s lovely. But, when you’re trying to do your daily 9-5 it’s really tiring.

For these reasons, this week I decided to play some songs that remind me of summer, even though they may not have been released in summertime.

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 54 June 24 2017 // Playlist

1. Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth
2. The Doors: Riders on the Storm
3. Santana: Smooth
4. Oasis: Champagne Supernova
5. The 4 of Us: Drag My Bad Name Down
6. The Fat Lady Sings: Arclight
7. Morcheeba: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
8. Faithless: We Come One
9. Pulp: Common People
10. The Cardigans: Erase/Rewind
11. Phantom Planet: California
12. Moloko: The Time is Now

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When You’re Strange: Film Review

When You're Strange

It’s nearly 40 years since Jim Morrison died and its twenty years since the remaining members disapproved of Val Kilmer’s portrayal of The Lizard King in Oliver Stone’s biopic, ‘The Doors’. There have been dozens of books and hundreds of accounts of the life and times of Jim Morrison and The Doors. Can a new film actually add to that?

When You’re Strange‘ is directed by Tom DiCillo and is compiled from archive footage along with HWY: An American Pastoral, Jim Morrison’s 1969’s 50 minute experimental film. Narration is provided by Johnny Depp.

The film traces the life of The Doors from getting together through to Morrison’s death. Using archived material, DiCillo has pieced together an almost documentary style of film. The Doors are shown recording their first album to Morrison’s infamous on stage arrests in New Haven, Connecticut and Miami, Florida. It also shows us the vulnerable poet side of Morrison.

The film doesn’t sugar-coat the troubles of the band and is a great starting point for anyone wanting to find out about The Doors. It shows why The Doors were relevant at the time but also the what the USA was like with its youth culture of the late sixties. It’s an interesting story that has been told well, it’s just we’ve heard it before.