Their result for The Which DOORS song are you? Test ...
THE SOFT PARADE
11 shaman, 5 reveller, 10 exile, 12 nihilist and 0 other
"Successful hills are here to stay, everything must be this way ... gentle streets where people play, welcome to The Soft Parade"
You scored reasonably high in Shaman, Exile, and Nihilist. You didn't score particularly high in Reveller. Your song, as best as I can figure it out, is probably The Soft Parade.
This one's a little unusual. Both the music and the production are a lot different from the vast majority of Doors songs. It's not one of my personal favorites (nothing from The Soft Parade album is, it's their worst album overall) but still, I have to respect the sheer ambition of making it, because it's very complex. It's multi-sectional and quite diverse, starting with a solemn intro where Morrison recites a brief sermon, then a very melancholic and hopeless passage on strings and harpsichord (?), moving right into a fast-paced cheesy dance number type of thing, followed by a "happy" section so formulaic it sounds like background music in a school safety film, then a more ominous main passage telling us about The Soft Parade, concluding with a driving hard rock outro. So what is The Soft Parade about exactly? Fucked if I know. I mean yeah, it's interesting from a technical standpoint because it's so musically and lyrically diverse, but it's too "out there" for me to get a coherent picture of it. I won't judge it harshly for the cheesy, ultra-pedestrian parts, because I realize they're probably meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But who knows? I still get the feeling this song and in fact the whole album was a product of Jim's frequent drinking binges. 1969 was probably his worst year for excessive drinking and his creative work from that year mirrors his mental disintegration at the time.
So what can I say about it? Well for one thing, it's full of Shamanistic qualities, because it's a "different" view of society told in lyrical metaphors and shifting musical landscapes, an attempt to pierce the banality and bullshit of everyday life and see some deeper truth. The deliberate irony of a "soft parade" suggests that things are not always as they seem, and hints at hypocrisy and deceit. I get a sense of futility from it, especially when Morrison chants "everything must be this way, everything must be this way." It also has Exile qualities to it when Morrison asks for "soft asylum" and warns us "The Man is at the door." And there's the usual Nihilistic reminder that life is pointless and Death is inevitable : "All our lives we sweat and save, building for a shallow grave."
A parade of any kind is a form of celebration, and celebrations suggest the Reveller variable, but the song itself is a far cry from "revelry" so I used it as the Shaman--Exile--Nihilist song. Scoring high on those three variables and low on Revelry is how you got it. Scoring this song would suggest your nature is a complex mix of different elements. The low score in Reveller implies that you are cynical towards life, or at least that you're a rather serious person. But what do I know? Go listen to The Soft Parade yourself, maybe you'll understand it better than I do. And if all else fails, we can whip the horse's eyes ...
My other Doors test ...
My Beefheart "musical image" test (sorta like this test) ...
My Alice Cooper test ...
My classic rock test ...
My luck & superstition test ...
MY SCORING SYSTEM ... OR A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY ANY OF THIS SHOULD MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER
I based this test around four of the crucial elements underlying much of The Doors' music, and also what I perceive to be four distinct facets of Jim Morrison's personality. It's not a perfect system but I think there's a certain logic to it that we can apply here (if you have a better way of doing it, be my guest). These four variables are as follows ...
>>> The Shaman is a spiritual guru, the American Indian's "medicine man" who enters into a trance-like state and enacts a ritual to bring his audience to enlightenment. This is an essential quality of songs like "Break On Through To The Other Side" or any Doors song where mystic knowledge is sought after.
>>> The Reveller is a hedonist that alters his consciousness through physical ecstasy -- sex, alcohol, drugs, and so on -- seeking the Palace of Wisdom through the Road of Excess. This is an essential quality of songs like "Light My Fire" or any Doors song about passion and youthful exhuberance.
>>> The Exile is an outcast that has been alienated by his fellow man, an outsider condemned to a lonely and misunderstood existence. This is an essential quality of songs like "People Are Strange" or any Doors song dealing with alienation and rejection.
>>> The Nihilist is an existential cynic that sees Death as the only real Truth. He or she lives life for the moment and objects to laws, tradition, religion, or any other form of social control ... life is too short to worry about other people's rules. The Nihilist is the proverbial Rebel Without A Cause. This is an essential quality of songs like "When The Music's Over" or any Doors song based on discontent and fatalism.
Most Doors songs contain varying degrees of these four principles, although some songs are very strongly inclined towards one of the four. I didn't include every Doors song ever made in this test, but I did try to include most of their best songs, at least insofar as I could fit them into the framework of my crude scoring system. It's far from perfect, but I think it works in a weird sort of way. Hopefully Morrison isn't rolling over in his grave right now. I mean assuming he's actually in there to begin with.
THE END is the exception to the four variables ... you cannot get this song by scoring high or low in any of these variables. You can only score THE END if you look beyond the four variables and see the true essence of The Doors. There's more to The Doors than "the image" of The Doors ... it's not just about a sex symbol in leather pants tripping on acid and saying the word "fuck" over and over. Forget the hype, just listen to the music. It's some of the most unique and innovative and mind-opening music you will ever experience.
Their Analysis (Vertical line = Average)
They scored 11% on shaman, higher than 60% of your peers.
They scored 5% on reveller, higher than 20% of your peers.
They scored 10% on exile, higher than 50% of your peers.
They scored 12% on nihilist, higher than 74% of your peers.
They scored 0% on other, higher than 49% of your peers.
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