Strange Days (album)

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Strange Days
Studio album by The Doors
Released September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
Recorded May–August 1967 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California using 8-track recording console
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 35:25
Label Elektra
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors chronology
The Doors
Strange Days
Waiting for the Sun
Singles from Strange Days
  1. "People Are Strange" / "Unhappy Girl"
    Released: September 1967
  2. "Love Me Two Times" / "Moonlight Drive"
    Released: November 1967

Strange Days is the second studio album by the American rock band The Doors, released in September 1967. It was a commercial success, initially earning a gold record and reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album also yielded two top 30 hit singles, "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times", and eventually a platinum certification.


Strange Days consists of songs that were written in 1965–66 but which did not make it onto The Doors, such as "Moonlight Drive", which was one of the first songs written by lead singer Jim Morrison. A demo of the song was recorded in 1965 and a proper studio version was recorded for their debut album but was not used. In 1967, a final version was recorded and released on this album.


Strange Days was released on September 25, 1967 by Elektra Records. It reached No. 3 in the US in November 1967, while The Doors' debut was still sitting in the top ten over ten months since its release. Despite its success, the album's producer Paul Rothchild considered it a commercial failure: "We all thought it was the best album. Significantly, it was also the one with the weakest sales. We were confident it was going to be bigger than anything The Beatles had done. But there was no single. The record died on us."[1]

"People Are Strange" reached No. 12 on the US chart, and "Love Me Two Times" followed, going to No. 25, thus proving the band's staying power after the runaway success of their debut. In the UK, they had yet to score a big hit single, and Strange Days became one of two Doors studio albums not to chart, despite subsequent strong sales. The album has sold over 9 million copies to date.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 4/5 stars[3]
MusicHound 3.5/5[4]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[7]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[8]

Music critic Robert Christgau called the album "muscular but misshapen" in a May 1968 column for Esquire, but went on to write that The Doors had come "from nowhere to reign as America's heaviest group".[9] In 2003, Strange Days ranked at number 407 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2007, Rolling Stone included it on their list "The 40 Essential Albums of 1967".[10]


The album cover of Strange Days, photographed by Joel Brodsky, depicts a group of street performers in New York. The location of the photograph is at Sniffen Court, a residential alley off of East 36th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue in Manhattan. The availability of such performers pictured was low, so Brodsky's assistant stood in as a juggler while a random cab driver was paid $5 to pose playing the trumpet. Twin dwarfs were hired, with one appearing on the front cover and one appearing on the back cover, which is the other half of the same photo on the front cover. However, a group shot of the band does appear on a poster in the background of both covers, bearing captions of the band and album name. (The same photograph previously appeared on the back cover of the band's debut album.) Because of the subtlety of the artist and album title, most record stores put stickers across the cover to help customers identify it more clearly.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Doors (Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore) with the original writers noted as such. 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Strange Days" (written by Jim Morrison) 3:11
2. "You're Lost Little Girl" (written by Robby Krieger) 3:03
3. "Love Me Two Times" (written by Krieger) 3:18
4. "Unhappy Girl" (written by Morrison) 2:02
5. "Horse Latitudes" (written by Morrison) 1:37
6. "Moonlight Drive" (written by Morrison) 3:05
Side B
No. Title Length
7. "People Are Strange" (written by Morrison and Krieger) 2:13
8. "My Eyes Have Seen You" (written by Morrison) 2:32
9. "I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" (written by Morrison) 3:26
10. "When the Music's Over"   10:58


The Doors
Additional musicians

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1967 Pop Albums 3


Year Single Chart Position
1967 "People Are Strange"
B-side: "Unhappy Girl"
Pop Singles 12
1967 "Love Me Two Times"
B-side: "Moonlight Drive"
Pop Singles 25


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[14] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Bam Interview – Paul Rothchild". Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Strange Days – The Doors | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "The Doors – Strange Days CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 358. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  5. ^ "[Strange Days review]". Rolling Stone. November 23, 1967. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Doors: Album Guide". Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (April 18, 2007). "The Doors: Strange Days | Album Review | Slant Magazine". Slant. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Doors Strange Days". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 1968). "Columns". Esquire. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rolling Stone : Photos : The 40 Essential Albums of 1967 :". Rolling Stone. 2007. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Classic Album Covers : Strange Days – The Doors". Never Mind the Bus Pass. February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – The Doors – Strange Days". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Doors – Strange Days". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Doors – Strange Days" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select DOORS and click OK
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Doors; 'Strange Days')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Doors – Strange Days". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Strange Days in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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