YMMV / The Doors

  • Awesome Music: Pretty much all of it.
    • Specifically, the debut album, Morrison Hotel, and L.A. Woman.
    • Let's not forget Strange Days either. And while Waiting for the Sun and The Soft Parade are generally considered somewhat more uneven, even they have their moments ("The Unknown Soldier", "Five to One", "Touch Me", "The Soft Parade" and others are rightly considered classics).
    • "The End" and "When the Music's Over", from The Doors and Strange Days respectively. Two tracks over ten minutes long, and both are considered some of the best songs, if not the best songs, of The Doors.
  • Covered Up: "Back Door Man" by Willie Dixon, "Crawling King Snake" by John Lee Hooker and "Alabama Song" from The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.
  • Epic Riff: Frequently provided by keyboardist Ray Manzarek ("Light My Fire", "Peace Frog", "Soul Kitchen", "The Changeling", "Riders on the Storm", "When the Music's Over") and guitarist Robby Krieger ("The End", "Roadhouse Blues", "Peace Frog", "Love Her Madly", "Break On Through (To the Other Side)", "Hello, I Love You", "Love Me Two Times", "L.A. Woman")
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: "The Soft Parade" could be interpreted as a Stealth Insult against organized religion, with numerous examples of sacred imagery (both Christian and pagan) and its veiled references to the supposed complicity of religion in propping up the corrupted status quo: "All our lives we sweat and save / Building for a shallow grave / Must be something else we say / Somehow to defend this place / Everything must be this way...." As Morrison was heavily influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, this is a fairly plausible interpretation.
  • Face of the Band: Subverted. Jim Morrison was clearly the face, but boy, did he resent the implication. Once refused to go on stage after they were announced as "Jim Morrison and The Doors". While Morrison was the principal lyricist, the writer's credit for the music was generally given to "The Doors", or "Densmore / Krieger / Manzarek / Morrison", with few exceptions.
    • Aside from the debut album and their first greatest hits album ("13") where Morrison was prominent (a decision the band had no say in and upset Morrison), most other cover photos present the whole band equally or else Morrison sitting down to make himself look shorter.
    • Played straight with most recent compilations. They usually just feature Morrison on the cover.
  • Fountain of Memes: "Light My Fire" survived far beyond its original context, being covered many times and sometimes by very unusual musicians. There was the Latin-flavored José Feliciano version (which rivaled the original in popularity and radio play), a 1930's-style "cabaret" version by a then-elderly Mae West (!), a slower Baroque Pop version by The Free Design, and a disco mix in the late 1970's by Ami Stewart.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After hearing that Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix had died at 27, Morrison told friends "You're drinking with number three". Needless to say, he was right.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I am the lizard king. I can do anything."
    • "Come on baby, light my fire!"
    • "Father?" "Yes, son?" "I want to kill you. Mother? I WANT TO..... RAVAWJSJAHHYEAHYH COME ON BABY"
    • "Well, I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer!"note note 
  • Narm: For those who are not uncritically in love with everything the Doors ever did, some of their music suffers from this, although quite often it shades into Narm Charm. Example: "The End" starts out great and gets better, but by the time Morrison is laying down the heavy Freudian scenario, the Narm has kicked in. (Some people feel that the censored version, which cuts the line about the killer wanting to fuck his mother, was better than the uncensored version, because Show, Don't Tell.)
  • Nightmare Fuel: Have their own page.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny/Hype Backlash: Some people find this band's music to be incredibly boring, and Morrison insufferably pretentious. (Of course, they more or less invented the concept of a rock band being pretentious, so they're easy to blame.) Likewise, they more or less invented (or at least popularized) the idea of a rock and roll front man being deliberately as controversial and provocative as possible. No matter who your favorite example may be, Ozzy Osbourne, Sid Vicious, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, whoever, Morrison was the first to go that route.
  • Tear Jerker: Have their own page.
  • Too Cool to Live: Jim Morrison.
    I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up, and gasps: "Oh look at that!" Then whoosh, and I'm gone. And they'll never see anything like it ever again. And they won't be able to forget me — ever.