TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY:
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE WRITES THE MEGA HIT - PURPLE HAZE
The group recorded lots of original music at studios in London, including "Can You See Me", "Foxy Lady", "Third Stone from the Sun", "Red House", and "Remember".
Producer Chas Chandler overheard Hendrix playing around with a new guitar riff. He told urged Hendrix to keep working on it because he planned to make it into the next single. Hendrix wrote the remainder of "Purple Haze" in the dressing room of a London club during the afternoon of December 26, 1966, before a gig at The Uppercut Club.
The Experience began recording "Purple Haze" on January 11, 1967, at De Lane Lea Studios in London. "The basic track was recorded in four hours", said Chandler.
After the basic track was finished, Chandler explained that he and Hendrix developed the song:
"With 'Purple Haze', Hendrix and I were striving for a sound and just kept going back in [to the studio], two hours at a time, trying to achieve it. It wasn't like we were there for days on end.
We recorded it, and then Hendrix and I would be sitting at home saying, 'Let's try that.' Then we would go in for an hour or two. That's how it was in those days. However long it took to record one specific idea, that's how long we would book. We kept going in and out."
Unlike the conventional techniques used by the Experience to record previous songs, Chandler wanted to try out some new sound effects and on "Purple Haze".
Hendrix claimed the songs lyrics were inspired by a dream where he was walking under the sea. In this dream, he describes a purple haze surrounding him, engulfed him and got him lost. It was a traumatic experience, but in his dream his faith in Jesus saved him. In fact, at one point, Hendrix wrote the chorus as "Purple Haze, Jesus Saves," but decided against it.
Though Hendrix insisted the song had nothing to do with drugs, many believe its lyrics to be about an intense weed high or an acid trip. At the very least, most assume Hendrix was on drugs when he wrote the song.
The song "Purple Haze" was released March 17, 1967 (UK) June 19, 1967 (US). The song spent weeks on in the Top Ten on charts all around the world.
Purple Haze - Lyrics:
Purple haze all in my brain Lately things don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky Purple haze all around Don't know if I'm comin' up or down Am I happy or in misery? Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me Help me Help me Oh, no, no Hammerin' Talkin' 'bout heart 'n' s-soul I'm talkin' about hard stuff If everybody's still around, fluff and ease, if So far out my mind Something's happening, something's happening Ooo, ahhh Ooo, ahhh Ooo, ahhh Ooo, ahhh, yeah! Purple haze all in my eyes, uhh Don't know if it's day or night You got me blowin', blowin' my mind Is it tomorrow or just the end of time? Ooh Help me Ahh, yea-yeah, purple haze, yeah Oh, no, oh Oh, help me Tell me, baby, tell me I can't go on like this You're makin' me blow my mind, mama N-no, nooo No, it's painful, baby