Jim Morrison may have been the iconic face of The Doors, but if anything Ray Manzarek's Vox Continetal organ-playing was at the heart of their sound.
Manzarek passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Although his sound and style live on in The Doors recordings, other musicians have also been seduced by the spirit of Manzarek and The Doors' style...
Iggy Pop's hellraising stage antics were inspired by his experience at a concert by The Doors. While it was Jim Morrison's outlandish behaviour that first attracted him to the band, The Stooges frontman also deepened that bond by later playing with Manzarek. What is less well known is that Iggy Pop was considered as a replacement when Jim Morrison passed away aged 27 in 1971.
Echo & The Bunnymen
In 1987 teen horror flick The Lost Boys featured a cover of The Doors classic 'People Are Strange' on the soundtrack. Recorded by Echo and the Bunnymen, the band's eponymous fifth studio album was also produced by Manzarek who played keyboard on the third track 'Bedbugs And Ballyhoo'.
The Doors was one of Ian Curtis' favourite bands, with his baritone voice often compared to Jim Morrison. Similarities have also been pointed out in terms of the bands' musical style and mood.
The fact that Nick Cave's first band The Birthday Party had a debut album called Door, Door is a bit of a red herring. But The Doors' is certainly one of his influences.
Marilyn Manson may not be put in the same category as The Doors very often but last year the shock rocker joined Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger onstage to perform 'People Are Strange'.
The singer-songwriter first saw The Doors live in 1967 and after the experience she thought to herself "I can do that".
Stone Temple Pilots
Although often categorised as grunge during their early career, The Stone Temple Pilots have clear psychedelic influences and have covered songs by The Doors.
The British post-punk are described as having the "pseudo-mysticism" of The Doors. The band's lead singer Ian Astbury was offered the role of Jim Morrison in a film adaptation of the late rocker's life because of their facial similarities. However he turned it down. But he did perform as a member of The Doors in 2002 alongside Ray Manzarek.
The former Screaming Trees singer and occasional Queens of the Stone Age contributor has cited The Doors as an influence.
18 months ago Julian Casablancas of The Strokes interviewed Manzarek and Robert Krieger in the lead up to the release of documentary Mojo Risin: The Making Of "L.A. Woman. Casablancas said he was drawn to the bands' instrumentation as well as Jim Morrison.