The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) (4:16)

Cover of The Best of the Doors (disc 1)

From The Best of the Doors (disc 1) and 25 other releases

“The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” is a 1971 song by The Doors, which appears on L.A. Woman, their final album with frontman Jim Morrison. The music was written by Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. The spoken word lyrics, written by Morrison, come from a poem he wrote in 1968, three years before the music was written.

Texas Radio refers to high power Mexican border blaster radio stations that blasted Texas in the 1950s. Not restricted by American regulations, said stations could have up to 250 kilowatts. Morrison and Manzarek both heard Wolfman Jack on one of these Mexican stations.


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  • 1nnervision

    One of the reasons why The Doors aren't one of the best bands of all time is because they have a lot of great songs AND a lot of shitty ones unfortunately. This is one of their more forgettable shitty ones. "I wanna tell you about Texas Radio and the Big Beat" immediately tells my mind to skip. Hate the riff too, like a shitty blues band with a median age of 65.

    3 Feb 11:25am Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    Some call it heavenly in it's brilliance; Others, mean and rueful of the Western dream: I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft. We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping. This is the land where the Pharaoh died.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mtuMTU

    No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    I'll tell you about the heartache and the loss of God...

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    out here we as stoned....immaculante.....Great Song...

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • hellllriderrrrr

    The Doors'un EEEENNNNN iyi 2 parçasından biri.

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mattdejonge

    Actually, it's called The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat). But you'll go mental is you want to be perfect...

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • tamas14

    nice song.

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • bagster94

    My favorite Doors song, that drum solo at the end is awesome.

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Robert161989

    too cool

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Echoes917

    Favorite Doors song, hands down.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • _thismodernlove

    I fucking love this.

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    I've never really liked this before... but now something changed. I press the love-button.

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jsnruf

    the negroes in the forest

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • freddtedd

    It's dreamy babes

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    I want to say that this is The Doors best written track (and that's saying a lot). Definitely top 3, for me. Love all the images the lyrics make me think of.

    24 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bryantee

    Rhodes solo!

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • corky64

    Great track...<3

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • spacefaceinfurs

    great song :-)

    13 Dec 2008 Reply
  • xKornflakesx

    Forget the night. Live with us in forests of azure. Out here on the perimeter there are no stars Out here we is stoned - immaculate.

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
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