Love Me Two Times
|"Love Me Two Times"|
|Single by The Doors|
|from the album Strange Days|
|Recorded||May and August 1967|
|Genre||Blues rock, psychedelic rock|
|Producer(s)||Paul A. Rothchild|
|The Doors singles chronology|
"Love Me Two Times" is a song by the American rock band the Doors. It first appeared on their second studio album Strange Days. It was edited to a 2:37 length and released as the second single (after "People Are Strange") from that album, and reached number 25 on the charts in the United States.
Ray Manzarek played the final version of this song on a harpsichord, not a clavichord. Manzarek described the instrument as "a most elegant instrument that one does not normally associate with rock and roll."
"Love Me Two Times" was considered to be somewhat risqué for radio airplay, being banned in New Haven for being "too controversial," much to the dismay of the band.
The song was written by guitarist Robby Krieger. According to band members, the lyrics were about a soldier or sailor on his last day with his girlfriend before shipping out, ostensibly to war (Vietnam). Ray Manzarek described the song as "Robby [Krieger]'s great blues / rock classic about lust and lost, or multiple orgasms, I'm not sure which."
- Jim Morrison – lead vocals
- Robby Krieger – electric guitar
- Ray Manzarek – harpsichord
- John Densmore – drums
- Douglass Lubahn - bass guitar
- "Love Me Two Times" was covered by Aerosmith for the soundtrack of the 1990 film Air America (whose producers, Carolco Pictures, would also produce a biopic about the Doors) and was also played at the band's MTV Unplugged performance that same year, where lead singer Steven Tyler dedicated the song to Jim Morrison, who performed with the Doors at the same venue of the Unplugged performance, the Ed Sullivan Theater, several years prior. The 1990 cover reached number 27 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 2001, the song was included on their greatest hits album, Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology. In addition, a remixed version was included on the Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate, with added slide guitar by Robby Krieger and keyboards by Ray Manzarek.
- It was also covered by pianist George Winston on his album Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors.
- The song is also briefly covered in the song "Bitchin' Camaro" by the Dead Milkmen, albeit with slightly altered lyrics.
- "Love Me Two Times" was also covered by Joan Jett, and included on her 1990 covers album, The Hit List.
- "Love Me Two Times" was covered by The Mission (known as The Mission UK in the United States), an English gothic rock band formed in 1986.
- Marilyn Manson performed Love Me Two Times with special guest The Doors in live concert at The Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood, California on 18 August 2012.
- The song appears in the soundtrack to the video game Guitar Hero World Tour, and as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band 3.
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