Watch: Iggy Pop Does “The Passenger” Live in 1977
Iggy Pop’s contribution to punk is sometimes discounted in the annals of music history, but just for the record: Iggy Pop was MOST DEFINITELY the first punk, at least in the way the music and style of the genre was defined in the 1970s. Generally, that honor gets bestowed upon bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, or The Damned, but Iggy had been doing this punk thing — musically and stylistically — since his band, The Stooges, released their first album in 1969.
Here’s Iggy Pop playing The Manchester Apollo in 1977 — the same year all the first British punk bands (including The Damned, Sex Pistols, The Clash, etc.) released their debut albums. Watch Iggy’s road crew carry him out onto the stage — wasted — at the beginning of the song, and place him in front of his microphone.
“The Passenger” is an amazing song, from a brilliant album. And this video is quite entertaining as well. Enjoy!: