"Break On Through (To the Other Side)" is a song by The Doors which was the first song on The Doors first album, and also their first single. It got some airplay on Los Angeles radio stations after their friends and fans kept requesting it.
The original line in the chorus was "She gets high." Elektra records censored "high," making it sound like, "she get uuggh," but the "high" line can be heard in live versions.
Jim Morrison got some of the lyrics from John Rechy's 1963 book "City of Night."
The guitar melody was inspired by Paul Butterfield's "Shake Your Money Maker."
John Densmore added the knocking drum sound by hitting his drumstick sideways across the snare.
This was one of 6 songs The Doors recorded for a demo on Aura Records while they were trying to get signed in 1965. Robbie Krieger was not yet with the group.
The vocals are a mix of 2 of Morrison's takes.
In year 2000, the surviving members of The Doors taped a VH1 Storytellers episode with guest vocalists filling in for Morrison. Scott Weiland from The Stone Temple Pilots sang on this.
This was included on the Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate, with Scott Weiland on vocals.
As John Densmore states in The Doors Box Set, the beat of this song was inspired by Brazilian Bossa Nova like Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim.
In The Doors Box Set, Ray Manzarek said this was the last song they played live. It was during the Isle of the Wight Festival in the summer of 1970. The festival occurred while Morrison was on trial in Miami, and the band got a special 5 days of recess to be in England and get back to US. "This was to be the first gig of an European tour just as Miami was to be the first gig of a 20-city US tour. We never got beyond the first date of either one," said Ray. (thanks, Nisio - Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for above 2)
- In an episode[specify] of The Simpsons, Krusty the Klown sings this when he shows the crowd a tape of him when he was younger. The Bass Guitar part of the song was charted into the keyborad part because the Bass Guitar part was played on a fender Rhodes electric bass piano rather than a bass guitar like you would here if they switched it out
|Songs in Rock Band 3 on Nintendo DS|
|"Been Caught Stealing" • "Bohemian Rhapsody" • "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" • "China Grove"|
"Cold as Ice" • "Combat Baby" • "Crazy Train" • "Crosstown Traffic" • "Get Free"
"The Hardest Button to Button" • "Here I Go Again" • "Humanoid" • "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" • "Just Like Heaven" • "Lasso" • "The Look" • "Midlife Crisis" • "Misery Business"
"Need You Tonight" • "Oh My God" • "Portions for Foxes" • "Rock Lobster" • "Roundabout" • "Sister Christian"
"Walking on the Sun"