Manic Depression (song)

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"Manic Depression"
Song by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
from the album Are You Experienced
ReleasedMay 12, 1967 (1967-05-12)
RecordedMarch 29, 1967
StudioDe Lane Lea, London
GenrePsychedelic rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s)Chas Chandler

"Manic Depression" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967. Music critic William Ruhlmann describes the lyrics as "more an expression of romantic frustration than the clinical definition of manic depression."[1] The song is performed in an uptempo triple metre.[2] It also features Mitch Mitchell's jazz-influenced drumming (he based the drum part on Ronnie Stephenson's drumming on John Dankworth's "African Waltz"[3]) and a parallel guitar and bass line.[2] The song is included on their debut album, Are You Experienced and live versions appear on BBC Sessions and Winterland.[1]

Other musicians who have recorded "Manic Depression" include Jeff Beck with Seal, Besh o droM, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bonerama, Carnivore, Clawfinger, Larry Coryell, Tanya Donelly, Katharina Franck, Jan Hammer, Ben Harper, David Ryan Harris, Eric Johnson, King's X, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Nomeansno, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Styx, Type O Negative, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rozz Williams, Gitane Demone, and Alice Cooper's Hollywood Vampires.[4]

The original Hendrix performance of "Manic Depression" was used in a climax of season 4 of 1980s TV series Moonlighting while Bruce Willis's character violently destroys a BMW sports car, symbolic of his frustrations over co-star Cybill Shepherd's character.


  1. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "Jimi Hendrix/ The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Manic Depression – Song Review". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix Transcribed Scorres. Hal Leonard. 1998. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-7935-9144-2.
  3. ^ Doerschuk, Andy. "Mitch Mitchell: The Hendrix Years". Drum!. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Song Search Results for Manic Depression". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2014.