People are Strange

People are Strange

Few bands master the long-form jam quite like The Doors did. Whenever "LA Woman" comes on the car radio it absolutely makes my drive. It builds slowly, perfectly, never losing steam or getting bored. "The End" on the other hand never fails to inspire nightmares--partially because I associate it with a drunken Martin Sheen blathering on about snails and straight razors in dim lighting, but still. When you get into the thick of it, it's a scary song, one that winds around and lingers in uncomfortable places. The Doors were not afraid of stretching the length limits of their genre, and they grew some great, huge songs as a result.

That being said, The Doors at their most concise are also fantastic. Just because you can fill out a nine minute running time doesn't mean you have to. The Doors proved their strength at either end of the length spectrum, whether they were creating sprawling deserts or tight little machines. "People are Strange" falls under the latter category. With any and all fat trimmed away from it, it's a perfectly efficient rock and roll song. It was my introduction to The Doors and remains one of my favorite songs from Jim Morrison and co. Check out its sweet vintage vid below.