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Rate-O-Rama: People Are Strange

Songmania Edition #11: The Doors / Echo and the Bunnymen / The Dead South

By Rick Henry Christopher Published 26 days ago β€’ 4 min read
The Doors / Echo and The Bunnymen / The Dead South

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Last week we featured the Synth-Pop, New Wave classic: "Mad World" as recorded by Tears For Fears (1983), Gary Jules and Michael Andrews (2001), and Pentatonix (2020).

The following are the average ratings for each song as resulted from the votes:

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πŸ₯ˆ Pentatonix: 86.6

πŸ₯‰ Gary Jules and Michael Andrews: 86.2


The Eleventh Edition of Rate-O-Rama features three renditions of the Classic Rock classic: "People Are Strange."


The Doors (1967)

"People Are Strange" is featured on The Doors' iconic album Strange Days which also includes the classics "Strange Days," "You're Lost Little Girl," "Love Me Two Times," "Unhappy Girl," "Moonlight Drive," "My Eyes Have Seen You," and "I Can't See Your Face In My Mind."

"People Are Strange" was written by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore (The Doors). In its initial release as a single the song was a moderate hit in the US reaching #12. However in Canada it was a #1 hit and reached #9 in New Zealand. As time has passed the song has become an enduring classic.


Echo & The Bunnymen (1987)

The British post punk, new wave band Echo & the Bunnymen recorded a cover version of "People Are Strange" for the soundtrack of the 1987 film The Lost Boys. The Doors' keyboardist, Ray Manzarek produced the song therefore giving it an authentic Door-ish sound. Manzarek also produced the first four albums of the punk band X.

Echo and the Bunnymen's rendition was released as a single and despite its popularity from the soundtrack it only reached #29 in the UK and #21 in Ireland.


The Dead South (2022)

This bluegrass rendition of the song was initially released on March 4, 2022 as part of the double EP Easy Listening for Jerks Pt 1 and Pt 2. "People Are Strange" was a popular part of their pre-show playlist. They released the song as a single with a creative music video which has garnered more than 10 million views in one year.


My Thoughts


The Doors: Jim Morrison's haunting blues tinged baritone lead vocal is one of the major factors that carries this song. The lyrics capture the essence of the counterculture movement that was going on in the late 1960s. Betsy Swanson of stated, "The song explores the idea of feeling like an outcast in society, highlighting the struggles of individuals who don’t fit into the norms and expectations set by the mainstream."

Ray Manzarek's keyboard gives the song an ironically upbeat tone. Robbie Krieger's slide guitar adds a touch of beauty in an otherwise bohemian beatnik song.

I love this song and it was the soundtrack of my life throughout most of the 1980s. I was a late bloomer with the Doors and started catching on to their music around 1979 at the age of 19. I give this song a solid 100.


Echo and the Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen is one of my favorite groups of all time. When I heard them singing, "People Are Strange" while watching the film Lost Boys, I was thrilled. It sounded great throughout the movie. I especially love the guitar work. My score for this one is 93.


The Dead South: I am a huge fan of stringed instruments and this song has a lot to offer. There's a bounty of stringed instruments including guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Colton Crawford's banjo stands out in the midst of some excellent musicianship. My score is 88.


I will be back next week with the results of this Rate-O-Rama Edition.

Last Week's Rate-O-Rama:

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  • Tiffany Gordon 23 days ago

    This song makes me nostalgic! It reminds me of The Lost Boys so much! Doors 100 Echo 95 Dead South 89

  • Doors 100 Echo 50 Dead South 90 To carry a song with the lyrics of "When you're strange.." the lead singer needs to make us believe he is indeed strange. Echo singing a flawless cover doesn't do that for me.

  • Grz Colm24 days ago

    I’m not very familiar with this song but still enjoyed .. I’d give the doors 85 The dead south 80 - I loved all the instruments!! & echo and the bunnymen 70. 😁 thanks!

  • Hannah Moore26 days ago

    The doors top it, of course. I'm going 98. I'll give echo and the bunnymen 85, and the dead south can take 78, surprisingly did not think it was bad.

  • D. A. Ratliff26 days ago

    The Doors... 100 Jim Morrison's voice is haunting and rich, and the characteristic sound of the Doors creates a melancholy mood. Echo and The Bunnymen... 85... Not a huge fan of punk rock, but noticed how much this sounded like the Doors' original. Didn't realize Ray Manzarek produced the cover. The Dead South... 90 Also, not a huge bluegrass fan but really enjoyed the musicality of the piece and the originality.

  • The Doors: 100. How is it that I'm completely unfamiliar with this song. It would have been a defining part of the soundtrack for my life. Echo & the Bunnymen: 95. Excellent cover, but except for enhanced/richer audio & an extended instrumental section, I don't see it offering much more. The Dead South: 95. Another excellent cover, & I love the idea of playing a cello like a bass guitar, but otherwise not much new.

  • I loved all three Dead south 100 doors 99 echomen 98 I have to check out more of the Dead South never heard of them before

  • Mariann Carroll26 days ago

    The Doors 88 The Death South 21 The echos & Bunnymen 00

  • 1- Doors- 100 2- Dead south -80 3- Echo and the Bunnymen 85 Sucker for anything, 'Doors' 🀍

  • The Doors: 90 Echo & The Bunnymen: 90 The Dead South: 70 Can't believe this is yet another song where I like the older versions more!

  • JBaz26 days ago

    Good choices, every one. I was going into this thinking Echo and the Bunnymen, then I listened to the blue grass version. that was awesome. For shits and giggles I thought Ill listen to the original, ( I heard it a thousand times already) thinking the sound wouldn't be as good, the music not as tight. NOPE I was wrong. Jim Morrison and that haunting voice of his is unbeatable. 1- Doors- 100 2- Dead south ( 2nd because the cover was a little different) -90 3- Echo and the Bunnymen -85

  • Mother Combs26 days ago

    Doors 100 Echo 95 South 75

  • Babs Iverson26 days ago

    Definitely The Doors 100 Echo & Bunnymen 90 The Dead South 80

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