[Elektra Records founder] Jac Holzman pushed for the band to make films. In the documentary, he talks about seeing “soundies” as a kid, which were really early music videos.
“That’s right, yeah. Jac was a really smart guy, and he had some great people working for him. He’s a real music guy. He started out in New York delivering records on his motorcycle, and things grew from there. He did folk music, working with Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins. His first rock ‘n’ roll band was Love – Arthur Lee and Love – and we were next.”
On TV, The Doors had to mime to the edit of Light My Fire, which always sounded like it was done with a karate chop –
[Laughs] “That’s true. I know what you’re saying.”
Did you ever get comfortable with the edit?
“No, it never felt right. I never quite got the feel of it. It always sort of came in at a weird place. I’d be going along and thinking, ‘Now, when’s it gonna come in?’”
What was up with the group's appearance on that show Malibu U? You’re playing in front of a fire truck, and your brother had to pretend to be Jim. [Krieger laughs] Were you just rolling your eyes the entire time?
“Pretty much. That was crazy. And they had the house burning down because the song is Light My Fire – we didn’t know about until later. That might have been the first show we ever did. We couldn’t find Jim, so we were like, ‘Shit, what are we gonna do?’ My brother happened to be there, so we just said, ‘OK, you stand with your back to the camera and pretend to be Jim. We’ll cut Jim in later.’” [Laughs]