BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff HarrisReblogged from BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris


On this day in music history: September 23, 1967 - “People Are Strange” by The Doors is released. Written by The Doors, the song is issued as the first single from the bands’ second album “Strange Days”. Written in early 1967, the initial idea for the song will come while Jim Morrison and Robby Kreiger are hiking to the top of Laurel Canyon. Feeling depressed at the time, Morrison’s lyrics will reflect his feelings of alienation, outsider status, and vulnerability. Though the song is penned by Morrison and Krieger alone, the entire band will receive writing credit. The musicial portion of the song is also inspired and influenced by The Doors’ fascination with European cabaret music (explored on tracks such as “The Crystal Ship” and their cover of Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” on their debut album). “People Are Strange” will peak at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 28, 1967.