Not only is 2012 the Year of the Dragon and “tangerine tango,” but it’s also the year of the Doors, at least according to the band. The ‘60s psychedelic rock group is making itself relevant again half a century later—and with the help of social networking, no less—with the unveiling of a new, unreleased song that dates back 40 years. A preview of “She Smells So Nice” debuts today on the band’s Facebook page, before being rolled out on radio tomorrow (your dad needs a way to listen, too).
The track, described as bluesy, features the original lineup of late singer Jim Morrison, organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, and was found only recently while combing through session tapes from the L.A. Woman recordings. Those recordings also play a part in this year-long celebration, with Rhino releasing a 40th anniversary edition of L.A.Woman (which upon its release in 1971, Rolling Stone called “a landmark worthy of dancing in the streets”) with “She Smells So Nice” and alternate versions of the band’s iconic songs featured on the two discs.
They’ll also be marking the anniversary with a special screening of the documentary Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman on January 20th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It comes just three days before the start of the Chinese New Year—which means that Morrison & Co. get their due before it’s time to turn to dragons.