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Strange Days is the second studio album by The Doors, released in 1967. It is best remembered for the hits and fan favourites "Strange Days", "People Are Strange", "Love Me Two Times" and "When The Music's Over". It was listed at #409 in Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Strange Days" (3:11)
  2. "You're A Lost Little Girl" (3:03)
  3. "Love Me Two Times" (3:18)
  4. "Unhappy Girl" (2:02)
  5. "Horse Latitudes" (1:37)
  6. "Moonlight Drive" (3:05)

Side Two

  1. "People Are Strange" (2:13)
  2. "My Eyes Have Seen You" (2:32)
  3. "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind" (3:26)
  4. "When The Music's Over" (10:58)


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Bonus Tracks (40th Anniversary Edition):

  1. "People Are Strange (Alternate Version)" (1:57)
  2. "Love Me Two Times (Take 3)" (3:19)


Principal Members:

  • John Densmore: drums, vocals
  • Robby Krieger: guitar, vocals
  • Ray Manzarek: organ, piano bass, vocals, keyboard, harpsichord, backwards piano, marimba
  • Jim Morrison: lead vocals, synthesizer, percussion


Trope Me Two Times:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "People Are Strange"
    Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
  • Avant Garde Music: "Horse Latitudes" has Morrison recite a poem, while the band provides frightening noises as a backdrop.
  • Blasphemous Boast: "When The Music's Over"
    Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection
  • Captain Obvious: "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind".
    Don't look at me with your eyes
  • Car Song: "Moonlight Drive", although the driving part doesn't really come until the last verse.
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  • Careful with That Axe: "When The Music's Over". Those three screams Morrison belts out at the start of the song, after the line "Now? Now!" and when the song concludes.
  • Circus of Fear: The vaguely destitute circus performers seen on the cover.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: "When The Music's Over"
    When the music's over
    Turn out the lights
    Turn out the lights
    Turn out the lights
    Well the music is your special friend
    Dance on fire as it intends
    Music is your only friend
    Until the end
    Until the end
    Until the... ééééééééééééééééééééénd!!
  • Epic Rocking: The 10:58 "When The Music's Over".
  • Face on the Cover: A subtle subversion. A picture of the band is seen sticking against the window, next to their band name.
  • Freaky Is Cool: The album cover features some eccentric people, including a dwarf, a juggler, a strongman, a mime and an acrobat.
  • Heavy Meta: "When The Music's Over", which is a song and the final track of the album.
  • Humans Are Bastards: "When The Music's Over".
    What have they done to the earth?
    What have they done to our fair sister?
    Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
    Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
    And tied her with fences and dragged her down
  • "I Want" Song: "When The Music's Over".
    We want the world and we want it now!
  • Last Note Nightmare: Jim's final line in "When The Music's Over" is "until the éééééééééééééééééénd", whereupon the entire world seems to die along with him.
  • Little People Are Surreal: The street circus on the cover includes one.
  • Longest Song Goes Last: The album closes with "When The Music's Over" (10:58).
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Horse Latitudes" is only 1:37 long.
  • Mirror Scare: "When The Music's Over."
    The face in the mirror won't stop
  • Nightmare Face:
    • "People Are Strange"
    Faces come out of the rain
    • "When The Music's Over"
    The face in the mirror won't stop
  • One-Woman Song: "You're A Lost Little Girl", "Unhappy Girl".
  • The Power of Rock: "When The Music's Over"
    For the music is your special friend
    Dance on fire as it intends
    Music is your only friend
    Until the end
    Until the end
    Until the end
  • Rule of Two: "Love Me Two Times"
    Love me two times, baby
    Love me twice today
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Horse Latitudes" is a spoken word piece, where Morrison screams more than sings.
  • Stock Sound Effects: "Horse Latitudes" starts sound effects of blowing wind, evoking a storm.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "You're A Lost Little Girl" is not as haunting as the other tracks.
  • Title Track: "Strange Days".
  • Urban Legend: It has been said that the text of "Horse Latitudes" was written by Morrison when he was a child. Ray Manzarek has contested this, claiming that the words are "too mature".
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: "Horse Latitudes", where a group of horses are thrown overboard from a ship because they are too heavy to keep aboard.


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