"Manic Depression" is a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix and first released in 1967 on the Are You Experienced album.
The song's name is an old name for bipolar disorder, a mental health disorder. There is no evidence that Hendrix ever suffered from (or did not suffer from) bipolar disorder himself, but when he was doing a press conference in London his manager at the time, Chas Chandler, told him that he sounded like a manic depressive. So the next day Hendrix wrote this tune. One interesting aspect to the song is its somewhat unusual triple meter (9/8 in musical notation terms).
At Winterland in 1968, Jimi explains to the crowd: "I'd like to do a frustrating type of song for you, it's called Manic Depression, a story about a cat wishing he could make love to music, instead of the same old everyday woman."
"Manic Depression" has been covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Styx; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Tanya Donelly; Carnivore; Nomeansno; David Ryan Harris; Seal & Jeff Beck; Clawfinger; Jan Hammer; Katharina Franck; King's X; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Yngwie J. Malmsteen; Type O Negative; et al. The Hungarian Gypsy band Besh O Drom have a track called "Mániás Depresszió" on their...