They were sometimes a commercial pop band for teen girls.
And they were sometimes flat-out psychedelic as they went on improvised trips while Morrison went off into his primal/Freudian/existential black hole.
This plays into the tendency many post-punk bands had to work laboriously to construct conceptual foundations for their bands.
One preoccupation that often found nearby these foundations was fascism.
Musically, the thing with the Doors is that they are particularly hard to peg.
What is it about the Doors that a Doors fan most connects to?
Getting the vocals right, or even close, is not easy, and this group hits it.2) : The closest modern embodiment of the Morrison ethos: ragingly intense, movingly tender, always passionate.
Here's where we start leaving the Doors time period and try to translate their essence in new ways. For one, he has that rich baritone that always holds the possibility of flying unhinged with Old Testament passion. He can do lush, romantic, poetic ballads of love..of murder.
Start with : A Morrison-type vocalist fronting a band more like Black Sabbath or King Crimson, around 1970. Yeah, they could be baroque one moment and grungy the next.
At least the vocals have Morrison's deep, moody vibe, though the band is clearly heavier, doomier, and more prog rock-inclined than the Doors. Whether Doors fans or Black Sabbath fans will be more inclined to like their two great albums, : Great band, some existential issues, pop/experimental, but the actual sound is significantly different. Yeah, hope and despair intermingled in some of their music. But I can't help but feel that more Beatles fans than Doors fans would turn on brightest to Love, considering the band's expertise with composition and arrangement, more than Dionysian expressionism.7) : Many moods/textures, rock/jazz/blues/folk/psych. Another excellent band from the late-60s LA psych scene.
The fact that most post-punk bands were virulently anti-Classic Rock makes their fandom only more fascinating.
Some, if not most, of that influence/allure surely stems from the charisma of Morrison and the power he held over his audience.
So, while I'm not necessarily the biggest fan, I have a great deal of respect for the Doors for being, in retrospect, one of the more idiosyncratic and original bands of their day.: Like I said, this is tough. Who I have in : closest to the Doors actual "sound," if a bit more melodramatic.