Written by Iggy Pop and Ricky Gardiner, “The Passenger” was actually released as a B-side to the single “Success”, the one song to get its own release from the 1977 album Lust For Life. It’s a shame that the album’s success was tainted by the death of Elvis Presley that same year since that meant a lot of The King’s classic hits were re-released at the same time and that Lust For Life, one of Pop’s very best, did well but not as well as it could have done.
“The Passenger” is a darker song with a certain nomadic nostalgia to it and a repetitive (in a good way) rhythm which hypnotises you into its cool, moody realm. David Bowie joins Iggy in the backing vocals for the chorus. The song received several covers over time, most significantly by Siouxsie And The Banshees and Michael Hutchence, though many bands played it live from R.E.M. to Deborah Harry.