People Are Strange: Contemplating The Doors’ Classic (& Strangeness)

Single - People Are Strange
Single - People Are Strange

Bit of a curiosity from The Doors here as we end the week on a musical number. People Are Strange was released as a single in September of 1967 (the band’s first single after the famous Light My Fire), so that’s 51 years back, and found pride of place on the Strange Days album. There was a quirky little video to accompany the quirky psychedelic rock number, too – so why not have a gander, you weirdo?

With his ultra-handsome presence, singer and poet Jim Morrison drew a lot of screaming young ladies to The Doors’ concerts and music. But the band was always keen to avoid plunging into boy band territory and had a brilliant skill set far exceeding many contemporaries – that’s more than obvious on this little ditty. Lyrically, we’ve seen some journalists class it as Morrison’s drug-fuelled paranoia. But we think it’s more a song about shyness and vulnerability.

His lyrics, for us, point towards a shy bloke (which will seem odd for some, given his looks and success) trying to break out of his shell a bit. “Faces look ugly, when you’re alone” isn’t about an LSD trip, it’s about unwanted loneliness and solitude. Although, sure, Morrison’s drinking and drug habits won’t have helped his cause there.

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