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[[caption-width-right:375:The Doors in 1966. From left to right: Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore]]
->''"He went into the room where his sister lived, and...then he''
->''Paid a visit to his brother, and then he''
->''He walked on down the hall, and''
->''And he came to a door...and he looked inside''
->'''Father?' 'Yes, son?' '[[OedipusComplex I want to kill you]].''
->''Mother...I want to... '' '''''[+FFFFUCKYOUUUUAAAAAAARRRRGGHHH+]!"'''''
-->-- "The End"

One of the most important and influential bands of its era. Led by Jim Morrison (19431971), aka [[SignificantAnagram Mr. Mojo Risin']], aka The Lizard King, with Ray Manzarek (19392013) on keyboard, Robby Krieger on guitar, and John Densmore on drums, The Doors became famous in TheSixties for their dark, theatrical, blues-influenced PsychedelicRock and Morrison's surreal WordSaladLyrics.

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!!Principal members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''John Densmore''' - drums, percussion, vocals (19651973, 1978)
* '''Robby Krieger''' - guitar, lead vocals, percussion, harmonica (19651973, 1978)
* '''Ray Manzarek''' - keyboard, organ, keyboard bass, lead vocals, piano, marxophone, harpsichord, marimba, percussion, guitar (19651973, 1978, died 2013)
* '''Jim Morrison''' - lead vocals, harmonica, percussion, synthesizer, maracas, tambourine, piano (19651971, died 1971)

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!!Touring Members and Backing Musicians:

* Francisco Aguabella - percussion (1971, died 2010)
* Reinol Andino - percussion (1978)
* Curtis Amy - saxophone (1968, died 2002)
* Reinol Andino - conga (1968-1969)
* Arthur Barrow - synthesizer (1978)
* Chico Batera percussion (1972)
* Marc Benno - guitar (1970-1971)
* George Bohanan - trombone (1968-1969)
* Harvey Brooks - bass (1968-1969)
* Jimmy Buchanan - flute (1969)
* Jack Conrad bass (1971-1973)
* Chris Ethridge - bass (1972, died 2012)
* Venetta Fields - vocals (1972)
* Bob Glaub - bass (1978)
* Bobbye Hall - percussion (1972)
* Paul Harris - orchestral arrangements (1968-1969)
* Bobby Ray Henson - guitar, vocals, percussion (1971-1973)
* Clydie King - vocals (1972)
* Larry Knechtel - bass (1966-1967, died 2009)
* Charles Larkey - bass (1972)
* Charles Lloyd - saxophone, flute (1972)
* Doug Lubahn - bass (1967-1969)
* Lonnie Mack - bass (1969)
* Melissa [=MacKay=] - vocals (1972)
* Kerry Magness - bass (1968)
* Jesse [=McReynolds=] - mandolin (1968-1969)
* Wolfgang Melz - bass (1971)
* Ray Neapolitan - bass (1968-1969, 1971)
* Emil Richards marimba, kickshaws, whimwhams (1971)
* Paul Rothchild - vocals (1966-1970, died 1995)
* Willie Ruff - bass (1971)
* Jerry Scheff - bass (1970-1971, 1978)
* John Sebastian - harmonica (1969)
* Leland Sklar - bass (1972)
* Leroy Vinnegar - bass (1968, died 1999)
* Champ Webb - horns (1968-1969)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1967 - ''The Doors''
* 1967 - ''Strange Days''
* 1968 - ''Waiting for the Sun''
* 1969 - ''The Soft Parade''
* 1970 - ''Morrison Hotel''
* 1971 - ''L.A. Woman''
* 1971 - ''[[FanonDisContinuity Other Voices]]'' [[note]]The first of two albums recorded by the three remaining Doors after Morrison's death[[/note]]
* 1972 - ''[[FanonDisContinuity Full Circle]]'' [[note]]The second and last Post-Morrison album[[/note]]
* 1978 - ''An American Prayer'' [[note]]Morrison reading his poetry, with the surviving Doors providing musical accompaniment recorded years later[[/note]]

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!!Live Discography:

* 1970 - ''Absolutely Live''
* 1983 - ''Alive, She Cried'' [[note]]Recorded in 1968, 1969 and 1970[[/note]]
* 1987 - ''Live At The Hollywood Bowl'' [[note]]Recorded in 1968[[/note]]
* 1991 - ''In Concert'' [[note]]Uses all the tracks from ''Absolutely Live'' and ''Alive, She Cried''. Also uses one track from ''Live At The Hollywood Bowl'' and ''An American Prayer'', with only ''The End'' being previously unreleased[[/note]]

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!!Non-album singles:

* 1969 - ''Wishful Sinful'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1969 album ''The Soft Parade''[[/note]]
** ''Who Scared You'' as the B-Side
* 1970 - ''Love Her Madly'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1971 album ''L.A. Woman''[[/note]]
** ''(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further'' as the B-Side
* 1972 - ''Get Up And Dance'' [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1972 album ''Full Circle''[[/note]]
** ''Tree Trunk'' as the B-Side

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!!!'''''YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH TROPES!'''''
* AcquittedTooLate: Non-death penalty version: In December 2010, the state of Florida pardoned him for the infamous "lewd and lascivious conduct" charge he earned during a 1969 concert, [[http://www.doors.com/miami/one.html the details of which are sketchy]] and [[RashomonStyle vary wildly depending on which of the witnesses you ask.]]
* AntiLoveSong: Subverted. Many of the songs written by Jim were true love songs to a girlfriend, his future wife Pamela Courson, with whom he had an extremely volatile relationship.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: After Jim's death, the other three released two albums (''Other Voices'' and ''Full Circle'') with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger on lead vocals. Both albums were out of print for years, but are now available via Spotify, iTunes and other online sources.
** Manzarek also sings lead on ''Close To You'', an [=R&B=] number on the ''Absolutely Live'' album, and the B-Side to ''Love Her Madly'', ''(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further''. Krieger also shared lead vocals with Morrison on the song ''Runnin' Blue'' from ''The Soft Parade''.
** Riders on the Storm (formerly The 21st Century Doors before the Morrison estate sued), a covers band fronted by Manzarek and Krieger, which has toured with numerous singers, most notably Ian Astbury of Music/TheCult, since the early 2000s.
*** Manzarek died in 2013, which may or may not bring an end to further reunions.
* BadassBeard: Jim Morrison had one toward the end of his life.
* BawdySong: Oh, yes!
* {{Biopic}}: ''The Doors'' directed by Creator/OliverStone.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The lyric "She gets high!" in "Break On Through (to the Other Side)" was clipped on the original vinyl release, and all subsequent releases until the [=CD=] remaster in 2003.
** A notorious incident occurred when the band appeared on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' in 1967. The Ed Sullivan people told the Doors to change the lyrics from "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" to "Girl, you really light my fire" days before the show. Neither Morrison nor Krieger wanted to change it, partially because they didn't want to be censored and partially because [[RuleOfFunny they thought it'd be funny to annoy the Ed Sullivan people]]. After the show, Jim claimed he'd forgotten to change the lyrics because he was nervous.
* CanonDiscontinuity: ''Other Voices'' and ''Full Circle'' have been out-of-print since the '70s and have never been released on CD. Both albums were critically well-received but commercial disasters, although this could qualify as TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
** The Post-Morrison Doors are also notable for being the inspiration for the FakeBand, Pusswhip Gangbang from The Tim and Eric Show.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Possible TropeMaker.
** Never more effective than in ''Celebration of the Lizard'': immediately after the "Little Game" sequence, Jim lets out a scream so shrill that he sounds like a woman!
* CircusOfFear: The vaguely destitute circus performers seen on the cover of ''Strange Days''.
** Also, that's how some folks describe the sounds that come from Manzarek's organ.
* CompilationRerelease: There have been several box sets collecting all their studio albums up to ''L.A. Woman'' released.
* ConceptAlbum: ''An American Prayer''; Jim recorded a bunch of his poetry before he died, then several years later, the other Doors set it to music.
* CulturalRebel: Arguably Manzarek, who was about 30 when the band hit it big and had come of age in TheFifties.
* DescentIntoDarknessSong: "The End" famously starts off as a ponderous musing about the nature of finality. However, eventually the imagery shifts into describing a masked killer grappling with the desire to kill, and then killing, his parents. Afterwards, the tempo builds to create a mesmerizing climax.
** Which, incidentally, makes it the perfect song to be used to bookend ''Film/ApocalypseNow''--a descent into the evil that lurks in the human heart.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: From "Peace Frog": "Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile, eggshell mind".
* DrunkenSong: Morrison's drinking habit was ''legendary''.
** According to those present at the session, he recorded his vocal for "Five to One" when quite hammered indeed. This is clear from his sometimes slurred words--"You walk across the floowr widda ffflower 'n your hand"--and from his spoken-word ad-lib, during the coda, about going to the woods and getting "fucked up." (The original studio release faded out before this point for obvious reasons; the full coda, complete with profanity, was restored in later CD editions.)
* EchoingAcoustics
* EpicRocking: "The End", "When The Music's Over", "Celebration of the Lizard", "Light My Fire", "The Soft Parade", "L.A. Woman", "Riders On The Storm".
* FakeOutFadeOut: "I Looked At You".
* FollowTheLeader: If you've heard a hard rock band or band with "dark" music from the last forty years, there's around an seventy-five percent chance they were influenced by the Doors.
* GratuitousPanning
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several through the years.
* HardRock: The Doors didn't invent the hard-rock genre, but they were unquestionably the heaviest band on the planet at the time of their debut in 1967.
* HeavyMetal: Usually not cited as an influence, but "Break On Through" was probably the darkest and heaviest song in pop music during the 1960s; its climax includes an ''almost'' subliminal "doomy thunder" sound that Music/BlackSabbath and JudasPriest would do on to make famous. And with "TRY TO SET THE NIGHT ON...FIRRRRE!" at the end of "Light My Fire", Jim may have birthed the MetalScream.
* HeavyMeta: "The [=WASP=] (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)", among others.
* HellBentForLeather: Its practically impossible to imagine Jim without his leather pants.
* {{Improv}}: ''A lot'' of their live show was improvised.
* IntercourseWithYou: While maybe not the TropeMaker, definitely the TropeCodifier.
* LargeHam: Morrison - present throughout but increasingly so from ''Waiting for the Sun'' onwards.
* LastSecondWordSwap: In "L'America":
-->''Come on people, don't ya look so down''
-->''You know the rain man's comin' ta town''
-->''Change the weather, change your luck''
-->''And then he'll teach ya how to... '''find''' yourself''
-->''L'America''
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Taken from Aldous Huxley's essay extolling the virtues of psychedelics, ''The Doors of Perception'', whose title itself is a reference to Creator/WilliamBlake's poem ''The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'': "If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."
* LiveAlbum: Several. ''Absolutely Live'' (1970) was the first, and the only one released during Jim Morrison's lifetime.
* LooksLikeJesus: Morrison when he had a beard.
* LyricalDissonance
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: The principal lineup of the Doors did not include a bass player. The group used various session musicians on their studio albums, while in live shows they compensated for the lack of a bassist by having Ray Manzarek play piano bass with his left hand while playing the keyboard parts with his right.
* MetalScream: Jim lets a few out in "The Changeling." It sounds even more awesome in the New Stereo Mix on ''The Very Best of the Doors''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: While generally hovering between 4 and 6, for their time, they would be a solid 10 or 11.
** 1 - "The Crystal Ship", "You're Lost, Little Girl", "Wishful Sinful"
** 2 - "Tell All the People", "Riders on the Storm"
** 3 - "Light My Fire", "Strange Days", "Touch Me"
** 4 - "Break On Through (To the Other Side)", "Soul Kitchen", "Peace Frog"
** 5 - "The End", "When the Music's Over", "Waiting for the Sun" (at least the loud parts)
** 6 - "Five to One"
* MurderBallad: "The killer awoke before dawn" section of "The End", as well as "Riders on the Storm". ''An American Prayer'' includes a piece called "The Hitchhiker", which retells "Riders" from the murderer's perspective.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The musicians in the band. Ray Manzarek was a classically-trained pianist before he switched to organ; Robby Krieger started out as a ''flamenco'' guitarist; John Densmore was a jazz drummer who had only just discovered the blues.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Waiting for the Sun'' and ''The Soft Parade'' were considerably more pop-friendly than the group's early work - the former still had some hard-edged tunes like "Five to One" and "The Unknown Soldier", while the latter featured LighterAndSofter lyrics and extensive brass and string overdubs. The group returned to their hard blues-rock sound for ''Morrison Hotel''.
** ''Other Voices'', the 1971 post-Morrison album, marked a calculated shift in the band's temperament. It mostly embraces a carefree, even humorous hippie image that the brooding Jim had always resisted. The LighterAndSofter approach didn't take, and within a year the band broke up for good.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Probably why they didn't even have one. Well, apart from Ray.
** The studio albums often used session bassists, though. Well-known guitarist Lonnie Mack played bass on at least two tracks on ''Morrison Hotel'' ("Roadhouse Blues" and "Maggie M'Gill"), although some critics believe he played on other tracks as well.
** While Manzarek played keyboard bass during live performances, the band commonly enlisted session musicians to play actual bass on their albums; they didn't do this with most of the tracks on their debut album, and Ray wasn't satisfied with the sound that resulted.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Everything after Jim's death!
* OedipusComplex: Again, "The End".
* PosthumousCollaboration: ''An American Prayer''
* PrematureEncapsulation: Their third album was titled ''Waiting for the Sun'', but the song by that name wasn't released until two albums later, on ''Morrison Hotel''.
* ProgressiveRock: Their classical/baroque-influenced arrangements, Ray Manzarek's keyboard leads, and some lyrics went a long way towards influencing the genre's development.
* ProtestSong: "Five to One", "The Unknown Soldier" and "Dead Cats, Dead Rats".
** Many of their other songs that aren't primarily protest songs also have significant elements of protest within them; perhaps the most notable example is the "What have we done to the earth?" section in "When the Music's Over".
* PsychedelicRock
* RockMeAsmodeus: "My Wild Love"
* ScareChord: "I am the Lizard King. ''I can do anything.''" [+BLAAAM!+]
** On a related note, [+"WAKE UP!"+]
* {{Scatting}}: Jim Morrison imitates a harmonica with his voice in "Cars Hiss By My Window".
* SerialKiller: "Riders on the Storm"
* ShoutOut: "Runnin' Blues" is clearly a tribute to Otis Redding.
* SignificantAnagram: "Mr. Mojo Risin'" = Jim Morrison (''L.A. Woman'')
* SomethingBlues: "Roadhouse Blues", "Shaman's Blues"
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** 1969's ''The Soft Parade'', which sounded totally different from anything the band had done before - or, for that matter, anything ''any'' band was doing at the time. "Tell All the People" is surprisingly optimistic and religious in outlook, while "Touch Me" features an intense saxophone solo by session musician Curtis Amy (John Densmore's latent jazz influences coming to the forefront at last). "Runnin' Blues" incorporates a Scotch-Irish country fiddle; the title track has a calypso percussionist.
** Also "You Make Me Real" from ''Morrison Hotel'', which is a surprisingly poppy, upbeat song with a "rink-a-lee-tink-a-bink" piano. JerryLeeLewis probably loved it.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "The killer awoke before dawn..." Also "Horse Latitudes", "Celebration of the Lizard" and ''An American Prayer''. Morrison was fond of this in live performance as well. The band members have said that [[PrecisionFStrike sometimes they dreaded what Morrison was going to say]].
* SpoofedWithTheirOwnWords: The rant at the start of the song "The Soft Parade" has Morrison speaking thusly:
--> When I was back there in seminary school
--> There was a person there
--> Who put forth the proposition
--> That you can petition the Lord with prayer
--> Petition the Lord with prayer
--> Petition the Lord with prayer
--> '''''YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!'''''
** The line "petition the Lord with prayer" sounds like a mockery of that proposition, the way it was said.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "The Crystal Ship", "Yes, The River Knows", "Wishful Sinful", "You're Lost, Little Girl", "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind", several others.
* RashomonStyle: As mentioned under AcquittedTooLate above, accounts of just what happened at the infamous March 1, 1969, live show at which Morrison was arrested vary widely.
* VocalEvolution: Heavy smoking and drinking took a toll on Morrison's voice towards the end. His voice is noticeably rougher on the ''L.A. Woman'' album.
* WildChild: TropeNamers.
* WordSaladLyrics: "The Soft Parade", among others.
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