First Hit #1: August 3, 1968
The Doors have this image of being a bit sexy and a bit dangerous, fostered by Jim Morrison’s ability to be quite a charismatic and attractive man combined with his annoying tendency to get arrested. Add to that the fact that their best songs tended to be on the moody and dark side, and were also used very prominently in films such as Apocalypse Now, and the Doors have continued to maintain a reputation as a band with an edge.
I say this not because I’m an expert on the band’s image – let’s be honest, I’m not, and that paragraph was pretty bare bones – but instead because it helps you forget just how goofy Hello, I Love You is. Morrison still sings in his deep and slightly moody manner, but he’s backed by distorted instruments that are vaguely reminiscent of kazoos, and while the lyrics are certainly not as simplistic as most silly songs – apart from a decidedly repetitive chorus – they’re definitely well on the fun side. Goofy isn’t a bad thing by any means, it’s just so easy to forget that for as dark and sexy as the Doors were positioned to be, they were able to cut loose and make a track that was just everyone having a good time. I’m happy it exists.