Song of the Day: People Are Strange by The Doors

when you're strange by DeadRabbid

People Are Strange” is a single released by The Doors in September 1967 (see 1967 in music) from their second album Strange Days which was also released in September 1967. The single peaked at the number 12 position of the U.S. Hot 100 chart and made it to the top ten in the Cash Boxcharts. It was written by Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison although credit was given to The Doors evenly.

Lyrics:
People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down
When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange X3
People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down
When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange X3
When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange X3

……

Jim Morrison was depressed. He went to Robbie Krieger’s house, they went to a canyon to watch a sunset, at which time Jim realized he was depressed because “if you’re strange, people are strange.” He then wrote the rest of the lyrics, which are about feeling alienated.
Krieger, The Doors’ guitarist, wrote the music. He did his guitar solo in one take.
The Doors played this on their only Ed Sullivan Show appearance. They also played “Light My Fire,” and Sullivan never asked them to come back because Morrison sang the lines, “Girl we couldn’t get much higher.” (thanks, Rhedd – ripon, CA)
This was covered by Horror-core rap duo Twiztid on their album Freekshow. (thanks, Draven – Chicago, IL)
In 1988 the Liverpool band Echo & The Bunnymen covered this song reaching #29 in the UK charts. Their version, which was featured in the film The Lost Boys, was produced by Ray Manzarek who also plays on the track. In a scene from the movie, the vampires’ cave contains a huge poster of Jim Morrison in his Jesus pose. (thanks, bob – Laguna Beach, CA and Edward Pearce – Ashford, Kent, England)

The Doors

Doors electra publicity photo.JPG

Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock, hard rock, protopunk, heavy metal
Years active 1965–1973
(Reunions: 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011)
Labels Elektra, Rhino
Associated acts Rick & the Ravens, The Psychedelic Rangers, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger
Website thedoors.com
Past members
Jim Morrison
Ray Manzarek
John Densmore
Robby Krieger
image by DeadRabbid
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