I couldn't agree more about the different performing styles of Mick and Jim. Mick is totally annoying to watch. He looks completely ridiculous. I'm not sure what anybody ever found appealing about his performances. Another significant difference between Mick and Jim was their integrity. Mick was willing to do anything to succeed including altering the lyrics to Let's Spend the Night Together to appease the conservative Ed Sullivan Show, assuring future appearances on the show whereas Jim and the other Doors were willing to sacrifice the continued exposure that would come with future appearances on the show to maintain their artistic integrity. Art before success.
in fairness to jagger, the stones predated the doors on sullivan by 3 1/2 years, thats a long period in popular culture time. for them, there was a history there & a certain indebtness the band had to sullivan & the era they sprang from. the doors on the other hand had the luxury to ignore such loyalty or sentiment.
if the stones had done what the doors had done on sullivan in '64 they wouldve taken on much more risk & may have seriously derailed their career. by late '67, the doors had options. they could call their own shots on sullivan, spit in his eye & move on to the changing landscape of cultural mores, lucrative live performances, fm radio & a public wh/ was more forgiving. the same couldnt be said in '64. sullivan & cbs wouldve & couldve punitively damaged their careers profoundly.
furthermore, the stones were brits not playing on their own home turf. it wouldve been more risky & brazen to pull such a move in nyc as oppossed to london.
bottomline, the stones came up in a time when sullivan was more important then he would be by late '67. they had an indebted loyalty to grant to sullivan's wishes, considering his show helped make them a rock institution in the states.
finally in re to style contrast, it had a lot to do w/ region & time period. the stones came up 3-4 yrs before the doors in a nation wh/ in many ways was trying to emulate the states. england also has a long history of cabaret influence wh/ finds its way to stage (think early bowie or floyd as examples). mick may have loved the blues & found his ability to compose thru that vein, but his stage performances were much more influenced by r&b & brit sentiment, then down & dirty blues stage presence. if anybody of the 1st brit invasion could lay claim to that it wouldve been eric burdon, not jagger, lennon/mccartney, daltry or davies.
jim developed his persona in a cali scene at a time when a more raw honest approach was being attempted, not to mention the advent & influence of psychedlic drugs in wh/ the stones werent around early on. the industry was also expanding when the doors hit & had more room for jim's singular exploration.
if you had to point to anyone that influenced jim's style (aside from his own carved out creation), imo it was the early swagger of presley, the cool confidence of sinatra, the distance of arthur lee, the relaxation of voice of dean martin, the surliness of burdon & the command of character from the impressionist american actors like brando or dean.
Edited by the_manassa_mauler_1919-'26, 04 September 2013 - 09:00 PM.