The Passenger (4:08)

Cover of Twice Upon a Time: The Singles

From Twice Upon a Time: The Singles and 10 other releases

“The Passenger” is a song by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner, recorded and released by Iggy Pop on the Lust for Life album in 1977. It was also released as the B-side of the album’s only single, “Success”. In the summer of 2007 alternative rock radio stations around the USA resumed playing the song in concordance with Iggy Pop and The Stooges tour in that country.

The lyrics, written by Iggy Pop allegedly aboard Berlin’s S-Bahn, have been interpreted as embodying the nomadic spirit of the punk outcast. Guitarist Ricky Gardiner composed the music. Whilst possessed of a distinctive riff, “The Passenger” is perhaps most recognizable by its chorus of repeated “la-la” scatting on which David Bowie sings back-up.

The Passenger was included in 2008’s The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present.

In 1998 the song was released as a single in the UK after being used in a TV commercial for Toyota’s new Avensis. The single peaked at #22.

The song was covered by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1987, on the covers album Through the Looking Glass.


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    All of it was made for you and me.....

    23 Mar 8:59am Reply
  • shoegazefan


    7 Mar 9:47pm Reply
  • nick_honest

    nice Version...

    6 Feb 5:05pm Reply
  • bravuraindomita


    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TiffaniTiger

    Now THIS is some high quality punk music! It's so nice to hear a female voice that sounds serious and strong AND clear. She's not screaming and I can totally understand the lyrics. THAT is why I like a lot of the old-school punk. There's good modern stuff too, but way to much screaming hardcore with inaudible lyrics.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • emdreis

    I prefer this version to the Iggy Pop.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ogilitiv

    wrote in the berlin train, love to hear iggys song while driving around the city...

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    love this cover.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheWormPrincess

    I always find myself humming this song :)

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Capital Inicial, como sempre estragando as músicas. Se nem as músicas deles prestam, que deixem pelo menos riquezas como essa de fora das merdas que eles fazem...

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Creepsnight

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kawaii_evil

    great cover!

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • wackersska


    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • themusicgu

    this was a nice gesture, but a mistake.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • thekills1985

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    now, when i hear the original, i miss the horns.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    I fucking love both versions, Iggy's original and this cover.

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    me podsjeća na dobra stara vremena kad smo vodili ljubav svaki dan na plaži.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Doods420

    I am a passenger And I ride and I ride I ride through the city's backside I see the stars come out of the sky Yeah, they're bright in a hollow sky You know it looks so good tonight

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mort_Elle

    better than original, i think. her voice is more expressional than iggy's

    31 May 2012 Reply
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