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Does the doors count as mainstream music? I guess it probably does, when a track is covered by someone who found fame on TV show Popstars it’s hard not to consider it at least a little mainstream.
“It’s a song that stands out from my childhood, the first song that as a kid I heard and struck me as something different.” says Pete. “I remember, about age 12 in the late 80s, sneaking the radio on before I went to bed without my mum knowing. There was a late night radio show on Radio city and in amongst all the pop shit there were what seemed like a few more random selections. These boots were made for walking was one that I remember, and the other was this. Listening to it amongst all that stuff going out in the 80s you’d be like ‘What the fuck is this?’”
“As I heard it on the radio it was the radio edit I grew up with, I’ve listened to the 7 minute album version of course. There’s just something great about it. It was the first song I heard that felt different, that made me sit up and take notice. This was before I was playing anything, before I’d picked up a guitar. This song has stuck with me amongst other Doors stuff. I listened to some others, in fact most of The Doors music, but I guess it’s like anything, the first thing that hits you hits hardest.
“We messed around with a song with me playing keyboards, we never finished it properly, it got a bit borderline close to this. It does go on a bit, there’s so much in there you could tighten up and parts of it feel unnecessary, even in the radio edit, there’s stuff you could cut out but they’ve not done. I always admire that, when someone can say ‘you know what, no, this is how we want it.’ ”