Open the Door (Magnapop song)

"Open the Door"
A photograph of the band is inserted on top of a red and grey version of their logo—a capital "M" written inside a star transcribed in a circle. The photograph is black-and-white and features drummer David McNair at the far left seated on the ground smiling, with vocalist Linda Hopper on a stool next to him, guitarist Ruthie Morris seated on a box holding her head in her hands, and bassist Shannon Mulvaney standing with his arms on his hips at the far right. The word "magnapop" is written in black with a white border at the top and "Open The DOOR" is written in white with a black shadow at the bottom.
Single by Magnapop
from the album Rubbing Doesn't Help
A-side "Open the Door"
B-side "True Love"
Released April 15, 1996 (1996-04-15)
Format Compact Disc, 7"
Recorded November–December 1995, City Lab Recording, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre Pop punk
Length 3:38
Label Play It Again Sam
Writer(s) Linda Hopper, Ruthie Morris
Producer Geza X
Magnapop singles chronology
"Lay It Down"
"Open the Door"
"This Family"
Promotional cover
A photograph of a black rose on a stark white background with "MAGNAPOP" written at the top left and "OPEN THE DOOR" written in the bottom right in a scratchy black font.
Music sample
"Open the Door"
The chorus, urging a friend to live.

"Open the Door" is a 1996 single by Magnapop released by Play It Again Sam Records as a Compact Disc maxi-single (catalogue number 450.0297.22 - BIAS 297 CD), two-track Compact Disc (450.0297.24 - BIAS 297 CDS) and 7" on red vinyl (450.0297.40 - BIAS 297-7). A promotional Compact Disc (DPRO 30054) and 10" (SPRO 30054) were released by Priority Records. Live recordings of the song appear on the German edition of 2005's Mouthfeel and the live album Magnapop Live at Maxwell's 03/09/2005. A music video was created for the song in 1996.

The song chronicle's songwriters Linda Hopper and Ruthie Morris' struggle with the deaths of mutual acquaintances.[1] The music video for the song was censored by MTV for its depiction of drug abuse.[2]


Track listing

All songs written by Linda Hopper and Ruthie Morris

Compact Disc
  1. "Open the Door" – 3:38
  2. "True Love" – 1:56
  3. "Re-Hab" – 2:37
  1. "Open the Door" – 3:38
  2. "Re-Hab" – 2:37
Promotional Compact Disc and 10"
  1. "Open the Door" (Edit) – 3:20
  2. "Open the Door" – 3:36


Additional personnel


The single spent nine weeks on the charts, peaking on June 22, 1996, at 28.[3]

Chart (1994) Peak position
US Modern Rock Tracks 28[4]

In 2003, alternative weekly Creative Loafing listed "Open the Door" amongst their "Welcome to Atlanta" mixtape of Atlanta-based artists.[5]

Cover versions

The song has been covered by Eels for the single "Flyswatter"—it would later be collected on Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006. They performed the song several times on their Electro-Shock Blues Show tour in support of Electro-Shock Blues. Karaoke versions of the song were released by Stingray Digital through the iTunes Store on January 15, 2008.

Eels personnel


  1. ^ Powers, Ann (October 1996), "Magna 'Tude: Magnapop proves that spirited pop can pack a serious punch", Spin 
  2. ^ Harris, Carter (November 1995), "Station Identification", Vibe (United States: Vibe Media Group) 3 (9): 80, ISSN 1070-4701 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (January 1, 1996) (paperback), Rock Tracks, Record Research Inc., p. 204, ISBN 0898201144 
  4. ^ Magnapop > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles, Allmusic,, retrieved 2009-06-16 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Atlanta: A hometown mix-tape". Creative Loafing. 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 

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