Touch Me (The Doors song)
|Single by The Doors|
|from the album The Soft Parade|
|The Doors singles chronology|
"Touch Me" is a song by The Doors from their album The Soft Parade. Written by Robby Krieger, it is notable for its extensive usage of brass and string instruments (including a solo by featured saxophonist Curtis Amy) as well as a Christmas Music like sound to accent Jim Morrison's vocals. The song also borrowed the guitar riff from the 1967 Four Season's "C'mon Maryann" and used it on keyboards.
It was released as a single in December 1968 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the Cashbox Top 100 in early 1969 (the band's third American number-one single). The single also did well elsewhere, peaking at #1 in the RPM Canadian Singles Chart and at #10 in the Kent Music Report in Australia. However, despite the band's commercial success the previous year, "Touch Me" did not chart in the UK Singles Chart.
A remixed version with added bass and compression appeared on a 1974 compilation called Heavy Metal released via Warner Bros. Special Products.
According to Bruce Botnick's liner notes the song was initially referred to by its various working titles; "I'm Gonna Love You," from a line in the chorus, or "Hit Me," a reference to blackjack. The opening line was originally "C'mon, hit me...I'm not afraid," the line thus reflecting the first person vantage point of a blackjack player. Morrison reportedly changed the lyric out of concern that rowdy crowds at their live shows would mistakenly believe that "hit me" was a challenge to physically assault him.
Performance on the Smothers Brothers
The group mimed "Touch Me" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour along with the single's B-side, "Wild Child". The taping date was December 6, 1968 with air date of December 15. During the performance, Morrison, who was providing a live vocal to a pre-recorded backing track, missed his cue for the lines "C'mon, c'mon", and Krieger could be seen with a black eye. Krieger stated in several interviews given after Morrison's death that Morrison had given him the black eye during a confrontation, inadvertently referencing the song's original title. The group appeared with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, with Curtis Amy miming to the saxophone solo he had provided on the studio recording. Twice during the performance, Manzarek can be seen "conducting" the backing musicians, as if to maintain the illusion--at least to home viewers--that they were playing live.
In popular culture
The song's main keyboard riff was also featured in the 2003 film School of Rock when Jack Black's character, Dewey Finn, teaches a child how to play the keyboard. It is included in the film's soundtrack.
The song was made available to download on October 26, 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
At the end of the song, Morrison can be heard saying, "Stronger than dirt," which was the slogan of the Ajax household cleaning company, because the last four notes of "Touch Me" were the same as those in an Ajax commercial and as a mocking criticism of Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek wanting to accept an offer from Buick to use "Light My Fire" in a commercial. The deal was aborted when Morrison opposed it. This vocal was omitted on the single version, which was a different mix.
|Australian Kent Music Report||10|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Cashbox Top 100||1|
Sales and Certifications
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- The Doors CDs Remastered
- staff, IGN (2010-10-22). "The Doors Most Loved Songs Kick Off Rock Band 3 DLC". IGN. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- Snider, Mike (2010-06-10). "Rock Band 3: What's New, What's Notable". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "American single certifications – Touch Me". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH