Strange Days (Doors song)

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"Strange Days"
Song by the Doors
from the album Strange Days
ReleasedSeptember 25, 1967
RecordedMay & August 1967
GenrePsychedelia[1]
Length3:05
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)The Doors
Producer(s)Paul A. Rothchild

"Strange Days" is a song by the Doors, released in 1967 as the first track on the album of the same name. AllMusic critic Tom Maginnis, wrote that the song seems to find lead singer Jim Morrison "pondering the state of the then emerging hippie youth culture and how they are perceived by mainstream or 'straight' society".[2] The track is also recognised as one of the earliest showcases for the use of the Moog synthesizer.

Composition[edit]

Photo of the Moog synthesizer, which was used on the song

Along with many other album tracks, "Strange Days" was written before it was recorded. A live performance recorded in May 1966 was captured on the album London Fog 1966, released later in 2016.[3] The song's lyrics were recalled by Tom Maginnis as being inspired after the Doors took a visit in New York City.[2]

The track is known for its distinctive usage of the Moog synthesizer which was made available the same year of the song's recording. In the Doors' biography No One Here Gets Out Alive, authors Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins, described "Strange Days" as "one of the earliest examples of the Moog synthesizer in rock".[4] The synth was hooked up with the help of Paul Beaver and contributed by vocalist Morrison to filter his vocals by playing notes.[5] Doors' engineer Bruce Botnick recalled the usage of the instrument:

We created an envelope where we could feed Jim's track into the Moog so that he could play any note on the keyboard and it would process his voice ... I then added a little delay and fed the whole thing into an infinite tape repeat. That was hand-played.[1]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were made for the song. The first featured footage of the band backstage and onstage, as well as Jim Morrison driving his car into a hole in sand and jumping on the hood in frustration. The second features the same circus performers on the Strange Days cover photo, who would explore New York City.[6] It also included footage of various people, which was made "swervy" and distorted to fit in with the strange theme of the song. All of this new footage was mixed with footage of the old video, and re-released as a re-mixed video.[7]

Strange 2013[edit]

"Strange 2013"
Song by Tech N9ne
from the album Something Else
ReleasedJuly 30, 2013
Recorded2012–2013
GenreHip hop[8]
Length3:31
LabelStrange Music[9]
Songwriter(s)
  • The Doors
  • Tech N9ne
Producer(s)Fredwreck[10]

In 2012, the surviving members of the Doors—Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, assembled in Los Angeles, California's Village Recorders recording studio with rapper Tech N9ne and producer Fredwreck to record a reworked version of the song.[8] The rapper had intentions on building off "People Are Strange", but Krieger suggested using "Strange Days" instead, as it had "more of a driving beat".[9]

The version was titled "Strange 2013" and includes vocals of Doors front man Jim Morrison, appears on the rapper's 2013 album Something Else. While speaking on the collaboration, the rapper noted how the band has inspired him over the years, explaining that "People Are Strange" and "Strange Days" were what he drew on when naming his record label Strange Music.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buskin, Richard. "Classic Tracks: The Doors 'Strange Days'". Sound On Sound. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Maginnis, Tom. "The Doors: 'Strange Days' — Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Giles, Jeff. "The Doors' 'London Fog 1966' Uncovers Previously Unreleased Early Live Performances". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Hopkins, Jerry; Sugerman, Danny (1980). No One Here Gets Out Alive. Grand Central Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-446-69733-0.
  5. ^ Davis, Stephen (2005). Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. New York: Gotham Books. p. 197. ISBN 978-1-59240-099-7.
  6. ^ Kielty, Martin (October 5, 2017). "Watch the Doors' New 'Strange Days' Video". Ultimate Classic. Retrieved March 23, 2021. Note: press the video clip that it's shown.
  7. ^ Polcaro, Rafael. "Watch Restored the Doors Official Video for 'Strange Days'". Rock and Roll Garage. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Surviving Doors Collaborating with Rapper Tech N9ne". ABC News Radio. February 27, 2012. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  9. ^ a b c Iandoli, Kathy (June 24, 2013). "Tech N9ne Aligns With the Doors for 'Strange 2013'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Digital Booklet – Something Else (Media notes). Tech N9ne. Strange Music. 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2021.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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