Breakin' a Sweat

Album: Bangarang (2011)
Charted: 32
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  • This unlikely collaboration between American electronic music producer Skrillex and the surviving members of legendary late '60s rock group The Doors was created for the Re: Generation music documentary, which recruited five popular DJs/producers to record with artists from five separate genres. Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek told Rolling Stone that he and Skrillex had an immediate musical connection. "[Sonny] plays his beat, all he had to do was play the one thing. I listened to it and I said, 'Holy s--t, that's strong,'" he said. "Basically, it's a variation on 'Milestones,' by Miles Davis, and if I do say so myself, sounds f---ing great, hot as hell."
  • Manzarek told Billboard magazine that he was confident that the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison would approve of adapting the Doors' music in that manner. "He'd love it. He was no purist," Manzarek said. "His words were his mileau. He might be, 'Don't f--- with my words,' but he'd be open for all kind of improvisations. He loved that stuff."
  • Though drummer John Densmore plays on the track, according to Manzarek he has been in "virtual total incommunicado" with him and guitarist Robby Krieger for a number of years.
  • The "come on baby light my fire" lyric is a reference to The Doors' biggest hit. "Light My Fire" was a #1 hit in the US for the LA band in 1967.
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