"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[1] 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.


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According to its Allmusic review, the song "reflects the group's fascination with the theatrical music of European cabaret."[2] 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.[2] The song came about in early 1967 after guitarist Robby Krieger and a depressed Morrison had walked to the top of Laurel Canyon.[3] Drummer John Densmore believes that the song was the manifestation of Morrison's "vulnerability".[3]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All tracks written by The Doors.

Elektra (EK 45621)
  1. "People Are Strange" – 2:12
  2. "Unhappy Girl" – 2:00

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1967) Peak


U.S. Hot 100[1] 12
Cash Box 10




Cover versions[edit]Edit

Echo & the Bunnymen[edit]Edit

"People Are Strange"
Single by Echo & the Bunnymen
from the album The Lost Boys
B-side "Run, Run, Run"
Released 1987
Format 7" single
Genre Post-punkalternative rock
Length 3:36
Label WEAEastWest
Writer(s) The Doors
Producer(s) Ray Manzarek
Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology
"Bedbugs and Ballyhoo"


"People Are Strange"


The Peel Sessions


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[4] and number 13 on the Irish Singles Chart in 1991.[5] The song wasproduced by The Doorskeyboard 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".

Track listings[edit]Edit

7-inch single (WEA YZ175 and WEA YZ567)
  1. "People Are Strange" (The Doors) – 3:36
  2. "Run, Run, Run" (Lou Reed) – 3:51
12-inch single (WEA YZ175T)
  1. "People Are Strange" (The Doors) – 3:36
  2. "Run, Run, Run" (Reed) – 3:41
  3. "Paint It, Black" (Jagger/Richards) – 3:01
  4. "Friction" (Tom Verlaine) – 4:37

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1988) Peak


UK Singles Chart[4] 29
Irish Singles Chart[5] 21
Chart (1991)
UK Singles Chart[4] 34
Irish Singles Chart[5] 13


  • 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")

Stina Nordenstam[edit]Edit

"People Are Strange"
Single by Stina Nordenstam
from the album People Are Strange
Released 1998
Format 12" singleCD single
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:39
Label EastWest
Writer(s) The Doors
Producer(s) Ian Caple, Stina Nordenstam
Stina Nordenstam singles chronology


"People Are Strange"


Get on with Your Life


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.

Track listings[edit]Edit

12-inch single
  1. "People Are Strange (UNKLE Mix)" – 5:39
  2. "People Are Strange (Techno Animal Mix)" - 8:35
CD single
  1. "People Are Strange (UNKLE Mix)" – 5:39
  2. "People Are Strange (Album Version)" - 3:35
  3. "People Are Strange (Techno Animal Mix)" - 8:35

promo CD single with a 3:56 radio edit of the UNKLE remix was also distributed.

Other covers[edit]Edit

  • 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.[6]
  • 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.
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