Behind The Song Lyrics: “Strange Days,” The Doors

by Jacob Uitti
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

What a voice!

It really does sound like The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison is calling out from beyond the heavens, beyond the grave, beyond consciousness—just beyond. The feeling, his vibe, of course, adds to the strangeness that permeates his band’s hit “Strange Days.”

The song, which was released 55 years ago in 1967, was the titular track from the band’s sophomore album of the same name. According to legend, it is also one of the first examples of the use of the now-popular Moog synthesizer, which was first invented in 1964.

The Doors, which formed formally in Los Angeles in 1965, was comprised of Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Kreiger, and drummer John Densmore. And while Morrison died at just 27 years old, the band remains one of the most influential in American rock history thanks to its influence in the free-love ‘60s.


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