Iggy Pop releases Dirty Little Virus, a song about COVID-19

Iggy said he took a journalistic approach to penning the song’s lyrics.

Iggy Pop has released a new coronavirus-themed banger to close off 2020 titled Dirty Little Virus.

Iggy tracked his vocal parts for Dirty Little Virus at Safe And Sound Mobile Studio in Miami, Florida with engineer Luis Gomez. Meanwhile, drummer Chris Berry and guitarist/bassist Ari Teitel recorded their parts from their respective home studios. The track’s edits, arrangement and trumpets were taken on by Leron Thomas at IMI Studios in New York City.

Take a listen to the track below.

Alongside the track, Iggy also shared a short video explaining the journalistic approach he took to penning the lyrics of Dirty Little Virus.

“I was moved to write a direct lyric, not something too emotional or deep,” Iggy said in the video. “[It’s] more like journalism: ‘who, what, when, where?’ I left out the ‘why’ because that gets too complex, but I put in how I felt about it.”

He continued: “It’s been the big thing happening in my life – and everybody else’s, I reckon, for almost a year now. If there was still a man of the year, it’d be the virus.”

Special merchandise launched in tandem with the track are also available for purchase through Iggy’s own Bandcamp page. One of the items, a face mask, features the likeness of the iconic punk rocker.

Back in March, Iggy shared a new video for his song We Are The People to celebrate what would have been Lou Reed’s 78th birthday. The song features the words of a poem of the same name penned by Reed in 1970.

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