Manic Depression (song)
|Song by The Jimi Hendrix Experience from the album Are You Experienced|
|Released||May 12, 1967|
|Recorded||March 29, 1967|
|Genre||Blues rock, acid rock|
|Label||Track Records (UK)
|Are You Experienced track listing|
(UK) Side 1
(UK) Side 2
The song's name is an old name for bipolar disorder, a mental health disorder. There is no evidence that Hendrix ever suffered from (or did not suffer from) bipolar disorder himself, but when he was doing a press conference in London during the period when Bryan "Chas" Chandler, former bassist of the Animals, was his manager, Chandler told him that he sounded like a manic depressive. This statement inspired Hendrix to write and compose the song the following day. One interesting aspect to the song is that it is in 3/4 or 9/8 time signature.
At Winterland in 1968, Jimi explains to the crowd:
"I'd like to do a frustrating type of song for you, it's called 'Manic Depression,' a story about a cat wishing he could make love to music, instead of the same old everyday woman."
"Manic Depression" has been covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Ben Harper; Styx; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Tanya Donelly; Carnivore; Nomeansno; David Ryan Harris; Jeff Beck and Seal; Clawfinger; Jan Hammer; Katharina Franck; King's X; Stevie Ray Vaughan;Eric Johnson; Yngwie J. Malmsteen; Type O Negative; Bonerama and others.
Progressive Hungarian band Syrius often played the song in their concerts between 1970 and 1973. The studio version of the song has been recorded in 1971 in Australia, but it has been released more than twenty years later in 1994 on album Most, Mult, Lesz.
Singer/comedian Sandra Bernhard combined the song with the song "Everything's Alright" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar to create the song "Manic Superstar" on her album Excuses For Bad Behavior (Part One).
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