Friday, April 2, 2010

The Passenger

This song is one of the overlooked highlights of Iggy Pop’s illustrious career. It’s simplistically poignant (lyrically) with a great repetitive rhythm. There’s even some humor in this 1977 live clip – gotta love the horse’s tale; nice touch, Iggy! – in which the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee looks something like a cross between Frankenstein and Perry Farrell. Not too many front men can compare to Jim Osterberg, that’s for sure!

This lesser-known-but-noteworthy track has since been covered by Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Waterboys, as well as some others, I suspect.

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