THIS WEEK IN 2002

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - – JIM HAYES

1 Light My Fire Will Young

2 With­out Me Eminem

3 Just A Lit­tle Liberty X

4 We’re On The Ball Ant and Dec

5 If To­mor­row Never Comes Ro­nan Keating 6 It’s OK Atomic Kit­ten

7 Be Cool Paf­fendorf

8 Blurry Pud­dle of Mud

9 Dove (I’ll Be Lov­ing You)m Moony

10 Kiss Kiss Holly Valance Mu­sic af­fi­ciona­dos can­not be happy that of all the ver­sions of the ‘Light My Fire’ – in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal – only Pop Idol se­ries one win­ner Will Young’s take on the clas­sic made it to num­ber one in the UK charts.

Young’s slowed-down ver­sion of the Doors’ sig­na­ture tune was re­leased as his sec­ond sin­gle in 2002. It sold al­most 180,000 copies in its first week and stayed at No. 1 in the UK for two weeks.

The orig­i­nal, recorded by the Doors in 1966 and included on their de­but al­bum in 1967, ran to al­most seven min­utes. It was deemed too long for ra­dio play but some US ra­dio sta­tions started play­ing it any­way be­cause of re­quests from lis­ten­ers. A heav­ily edited ver­sion was then re­leased as a sin­gle and while this did top the charts in the US, it barely reg­is­tered on the chart in the UK, peak­ing at 49.

Fa­mously, the Doors caused con­tro­versy when they per­formed ‘Light My Fire’ on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967. Sponsors ob­jected to the line ‘girl, we couldn’t get much higher’ and, de­spite agree­ing to sing ‘girl, we couldn’t get much bet­ter’ in­stead, Jim Morrison re­verted to the orginal line in the live per­for­mance. Ed Sullivan did not shake his hand as he left the stage and the band were later told they would never ap­pear on the show again.

In 1991, 20 years af­ter the un­timely death of Jim Morrison, aged just 27, ‘Light My Fire’ was re-re­leased thanks to a revival of in­ter­est gen­er­ated by Oliver Stone’s film biopic ‘The Doors’. This time the orig­i­nal fi­nally gained some trac­tion in the UK charts, reach­ing num­ber 7. In Ire­land, the reis­sue soared to No. 1, stay­ing there for two weeks.

‘Light My Fire’ is ranked at num­ber 35 in Rolling Stone mag­a­zine’s 500 Great­est Songs Of All Time.

Will Young’s ‘Light My Fire’ was in­spired by per­haps the best­known cover ver­sion of the song – Puerto Ri­can singer and gui­tarist José Feli­ciano’s 1968 record­ing which reached num­ber 3 in the US and kick­started his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

‘Light My Fire’ was one of four num­bers hits Will Young en­joyed in 2002/2003, but the hits have been few and far be­tween in more re­cent years.

Will Young: ‘Light My Fire’ was one of his four num­ber one hits.

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