"People Are Strange" is a single released by The Doors in September 1967 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 Box charts. It was written by Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison although credit was given to The Doors evenly.
- 2 Track listing
- 3 Chart positions
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Cover versions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
According to its Allmusic review, the song "reflects the group's fascination with the theatrical music of European cabaret." The song is about alienation and being an outsider, and Jim Morrison may have addressed the song both to the hippie culture, to outsiders in general or to users of drugs such as LSD, or both. The song came about in early 1967 after guitarist Robby Krieger and a depressed Morrison had walked to the top of Laurel Canyon. Drummer John Densmore believes that the song was the manifestation of Morrison's "vulnerability".
All tracks written by The Doors.
- Elektra (EK 45621)
- "People Are Strange" – 2:12
- "Unhappy Girl" – 2:00
|U.S. Hot 100||12|
- Jim Morrison – lead vocals
- Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental, backing vocals, tack piano
- Robby Krieger – guitar, backing vocals
- John Densmore – drums, backing vocals
- Douglass Lubahn - bass guitar
|"People Are Strange"|
|Single by Echo & the Bunnymen|
|from the album The Lost Boys|
|B-side||"Run, Run, Run"|
|Genre||Post-punk, alternative rock|
|Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology|
British group Echo & the Bunnymen recorded a cover version of "People Are Strange" for the soundtrack of the 1987 film The Lost Boys. It was subsequently released as asingle in 1987 (see 1987 in music) reaching number 29 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1988 and number 13 on the Irish Singles Chart in 1991. The song wasproduced by The Doors' keyboard player, Ray Manzarek. A 12-inch version was released in February 1988 before the single was re-released in 1991. The B-sides were all the same as their previous release, "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo".
- 7-inch single (WEA YZ175 and WEA YZ567)
- 12-inch single (WEA YZ175T)
- "People Are Strange" (The Doors) – 3:36
- "Run, Run, Run" (Reed) – 3:41
- "Paint It, Black" (Jagger/Richards) – 3:01
- "Friction" (Tom Verlaine) – 4:37
|UK Singles Chart||29|
|Irish Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||34|
|Irish Singles Chart||13|
- Ian McCulloch – vocals, guitar
- Will Sergeant – lead guitar
- Les Pattinson – bass
- Pete de Freitas – drums
- Ray Manzarek - keyboards on "People Are Strange"
- Ray Manzarek – producer ("People Are Strange")
- Lars Aldman – producer ("Run, Run, Run", "Paint It, Black" and "Friction")
- Michael Bergek – engineering ("Run, Run, Run", "Paint It, Black" and "Friction")
|"People Are Strange"|
|Single by Stina Nordenstam|
|from the album People Are Strange|
|Format||12" single, CD single|
|Producer(s)||Ian Caple, Stina Nordenstam|
|Stina Nordenstam singles chronology|
Swedish singer-songwriter Stina Nordenstam covered "People Are Strange" on her 1998 cover album of the same name. A remix single was released in conjunction with the album. The UNKLE remix appears as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the album, and can also be found on UNKLE's box set, Eden.
- 12-inch single
- CD single
- "People Are Strange (UNKLE Mix)" – 5:39
- "People Are Strange (Album Version)" - 3:35
- "People Are Strange (Techno Animal Mix)" - 8:35
A promo CD single with a 3:56 radio edit of the UNKLE remix was also distributed.
- In 1987, Brave Combo covered this song on their album, "Musical Varieties."
- In 1992, by Edward Furlong on his Japan album Hold on Tight.
- In 1998, by Alvin and the Chipmunks on their album The A-Files: Alien Songs.
- In 2000, by Twiztid on their album Freek Show.
- In 2002, by pianist George Winston on his album Night Divides the Day - The Music of the Doors.
- In 2005, Tori Amos covered it live.
- In 2007, Evanescence also covered the song numerous times while touring on the Family Values Tour 2007.
- In 2007, by Bob Brozman on his album Post Industrial Blues.
- In 2008, by the psychobilly band The Lucky Devils on their album Goin' Mad.
- In 2008, by Canadian group Johnny Hollow on their second album, Dirty Hands.
- In 2011, it was parodied by The Skimmity Hitchers (a band from the South West of England) on their album Game, Sett and Natch under the name "People Arr Strange".
- Butch Walker performed a cover of the song for a tribute album to The Doors.
- Tiny Tim also covered the song.
- Inês Laranjeira covered it on the Portuguese show "Idolos", where the theme was "The Greatest Bands Ever".
- The French artist Yodelice covered the song especially for the French/German TV station ARTE: "Summer of Arte" program.