Off Topic Messages

Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:37 am

Densmore allowed at least one Doors track to be used in a video game last year. So he occassionally will sell out because The Doors certainly got paid on that one. A hypocrite? Who knows.

It is his business what he wants to do, no reason to harshly judge him either way. Interestingly enough, he did not compose one note of the music on The Doors studio albums with Jim Morrison. He may have had some imput, but Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek wrote the majority of the music while Morrison and Krieger wrote all the lyrics. So while Robby and Ray are willing to license their music for additional income (and one should assume the Morrison/Courson estates would do the same for a buck), Densmore who had the least amount of musical creative input during the band's brief career has the power to stop the other 2 surviving members of the band who had a real hand in composing the songs from actively pimping them out.

Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:13 am

midnightx has a very good point about the PUBLISHING RIGHTS to Doors songs.

If Densmore's name is not on the BMI/ASCAP registerations of the songs,
then legally he couldn't stop licensing for commercials.

Principally, he can be against the idea of commercials, yeh, and hope for grassroots support of his views (which he's getting and not getting here at this mb) but does he have the authority to say no????

Manzarek & Kreiger probably have more authority,
and certainly outnumber Densmore.
But don't seem to be applying it.

Oh well.

Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:08 am

They decided at the beginning that they would split everything equally (concert revenues, publishing, etc.). So Densmore lucked out in that regard. As many know, Morrison was dissastified with Robby's lyrics on "Tell All The People", so they received individual writing credits on and after the Soft Parade album, but the publishing still apparently remained the same in terms of splitting revenues four ways.