Passing Strangers

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For the duet by Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, see Passing Strangers (1957 song).
"Passing Strangers"
Single by Ultravox
from the album Vienna
B-side "Face To Face (Live)"
"King's Lead Hat (Live)"
Released 15 October 1980
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Synthpop, electronic, new wave
Length 03:48
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy Currie
Producer(s) Conny Plank, Ultravox
Ultravox singles chronology
"Sleepwalk"
(1980)
"Passing Strangers"
(1980)
"Vienna"
(1981)

"Passing Strangers" is Ultravox's second single from the band's first album with Midge Ure, released on Chrysalis Records on 15 October 1980.

A fast-paced guitar track recalling early John Foxx-era Ultravox, Passing Strangers ultimately failed to live up to the top 30 success of its predecessor Sleepwalk. It stalled at #57 in the UK charts despite having a music video (directed by Russell Mulcahy and featuring Barbie Wilde and Tok from Tik & Tok) and release on 12" format alongside the regular 7", both of which Sleepwalk lacked.

The single contains two live b-sides; "Face To Face", an original Ultravox track that was never recorded in studio, and a live cover of the Brian Eno song "King's Lead Hat".

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "Passing Strangers" – 3:48
  2. "Face To Face (Live)" – 6:04

12" version[edit]

  1. "Passing Strangers" – 3:48
  2. "Face To Face (Live)" – 6:04
  3. "King's Lead Hat (Live)" – 4:06

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