Passenger Side Introduction
"Passenger Side" is the 10th track on Wilco's debut album A.M., which, like many great debuts, displays songwriting chops and originality, pointing backward to the band's influences rather than forward to the new musical heights they would later reach. The song is very country, due in large part to constant presence of acoustic guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. Lyrically, the album owes a lot to traditional country ramblers like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and the many others who embodied the American outlaw, marginalized by society and plagued by booze and tough times. On the surface, "Passenger Side" is a booze-soaked road anthem, but underneath, it's a metaphor for the loss of control over one's destiny, a theme that recalls the plight of the iconic American country outlaw.
About the Song
|Artist||Wilco||Musician(s)||Jeff Tweedy (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Brian Henneman (Electric Guitar), Ken Coomer (Drums), John Stirratt (Bass Guitar), Max Johnston (Fiddle, Mandolin)|
|Producer(s)||Wilco, Brian Paulson|
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At the end of The Catcher in the Rye, ::spoiler alert:: Holden's future is uncertain: is he going to apply himself in school and invest in his future? It's the same with the narrator at the end of "Passenger Side;" he's got a court date coming up, at which point he'll probably get his driver's license back. But will he be smarter this time around, or will he make the same reckless decisions that got his license revoked in the first place?
Holden, of course, is not the only literary character that deals with alcohol abuse. Take a look at Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, or Jack Torrence from Stephen King's The Shining. Makes you wonder if maybe wasn’t such a terrible idea after all, doesn’t it?
We’re kidding. It was a terrible idea, although it did work wonders for the organized crime sector.