Indian Summer was released on The Doors fifth album Morrison Hotel but was actually recorded in the sessions for their debut album in 1966, and, according to an interview with Robby Krieger was actually the first song they ever recorded
For the first Doors LP? Well, the first song we ever recorded was “Indian Summer”… the song that came out on the fifth album “Morrison Hotel”. But that was actually the first song we ever recorded. It’s the same [recording]. You know, we pepped it up a little bit.
Following on from Chris Stroffolino’s Piano Van session with Dean & Britta he’s wriiten a (long!) blog post opening up the song and having a poke around it’s innards…
As with many songs with catchy, sing along choruses, these lines are often the only lines of the song many casual listeners know, or have made it into long-term memory. They sink in, but on repeated listens, they call attention to the verses, especially if you’re looking for insights into unanswered questions about the significance of the chorus’s words.
The verses are certainly sad; perhaps tragic, but definitely ridden with pathos. The singer is non-judgmental and sympathetic with the struggle the “you” is going through, as if he’s also talking to himself. Since the sadness is at least as present in the second verse (after the chorus) as in the first, it shows how the chorus (despite their now calling you magic) didn’t really change much.
The b-side of Dean Wareham’s new single, released yesterday, is She Went Walking in the Rain, a cover of a track from Cheval Sombre’s second album Mad Love, today’s entry in the originals list is Dean & Britta’s cover of Cheval Sombre’s I Found It Not So.
The original of I Found It Not So was released on a 7″ single by Static Caravan in 2008 and then on Mr Sombre’s debut album on Dean & Britta’s Double Feature Records. It features Dean Wareham on guitar.
Here’s a video of Cheval Sombre performing it with Dean and Britta and Sonic Boom at St Giles’s Church in London in 2009
Dean & Britta covered it to accompany Mary Woronov’s screen test for 13 Most Beautiful. Here’s a clip of Dean & Britta performing it at The Warhol Museum in 2012