“The Passenger” by Iggy Pop: A Musical Tour of Cold War Berlin

Iggy Pop has contributed many memorable songs to modern culture. His song, “The Passenger,” written with Ricky Gardiner was recorded and released in 1977 on his Lust for Life album. Iggy Pop wrote the lyrics for the song while riding on Berlin’s S-Bahn, and this video of it incorporates visual imagery from Berlin during the Cold War.

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2 Responses to “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop: A Musical Tour of Cold War Berlin


  2. OM Frack Tuu says:

    …”The Passenger” is/was considered a “rite of passage” amongst the seminal punk and new wave bands of the late 70s-early 80s. The idea was that if could could perform it more depressingly thank Iggy Pop, you’d earned your place in the punk/new wave scene. The new romantics movement that followed – i.e., the breeding of new wave with 60s mod culture, aka Duran Duran – used it as a delineator as well: if you could perform it, and the audience would not only dance to it and get drunk enough to frack on the dance floor while ordering another round, then your NewRom band was sure to be a hit.

    …There is one debate about “The Passenger” that still exists, and that’s Pop’s claims that Joe Walsh ripped off the general idea about a guy hiding in his car safe from the rest of the world from Pop’s song. Ironicallly, neither have made the same accusations of Gary Numan’s “Cars”. Go figger.



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