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YMMV: The Doors
  • Author Existence Failure: Morrison in 1971; Manzarek in 2013.
  • Conspiracy Theory: based on the facts that he died suddenly overseas, was placed into a nailed coffin with few witnesses for a hasty funeral, earlier joked about his death (and FAKING said death), and had a motive to fake his death (facing jail time back home and unable to cope with the pressures of celebrity anymore)... For a good long time there's been fan-talk about Morrison not being dead.
    • This was later fictionalized in Ray Manzarek's novel, A Poet in Exile.
  • Covered Up: "Back Door Man" by Willie Dixon. Also, "Crawling King Snake" by John Lee Hooker and "Alabama Song" from The Rise & Fall of the State of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 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", "The Soft Parade" and others are deservedly considered classics).
    • Still suffers from Seinfeld Is Unfunny (see below) from contemporary critics. Even though their debut album still tops a lot of "Best Ever" charts.
  • Epic Riff: Frequently provided by keyboardist Ray Manzarek ("Light My Fire", "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.
  • 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..."
    • "Well I Woke Up This Morning And I Got Myself A Bee-yar!"
  • 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.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: Jim Morrison in addition to being the lead singer of The Doors, he is widely regarded as having codified the modern "rock star" image. Dead at age 27.
  • Tear Jerker: Have their own page.
  • Too Cool to Live: Jim Morrison.

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