The Doors: “Wishful Sinful” (1969)

This single exposes a softer side of the band, which is what landed Morrison in hot water in the first place.

Kronomyth 3.8: Windfull Stringfull.

March, Miami and madness, in the wake of which Wishful Sinful crept to a comfortable forty-four on baroque and jewel-encrusted knees. Most minds were on the loose lizard, creating the kind of chaotic backdrop for a gilded royal like “Wishful Sinful” to enter, all oases and elegance. This eventually ended up on the windfull, stringfull Soft Parade, the most ill-fitting album they ever made.

The B side is a slow-burning blues number that missed the parade, unremarkable until that simultaneous organ-guitar solo slams you and then you realize (again) how wide open everything is to The Doors. Who Scared You ended up on the expanded versions of The Soft Parade, an album that for all intents and purposes was three good singles packed with filler. The horns on this song are subdued for most of the way, which is a kindness.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Wishful Sinful (Robbie Krieger) (2:55)
B1. Who Scared You (Jim Morrison/Robbie Krieger) (3:51)

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single in March 1969 in the US and New Zealand (Elektra, EK-45656), the UK (Elektra, EKSN-45059) and Italy (Vedette, VRN-34093) with regional picture sleeve. Reached #44 on the US charts (charted on March 29, 1969 for 6 weeks).

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