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Iggy Pop Creates COVID-19 Anthem ‘Dirty Little Virus’

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Musician Iggy Pop performs at the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert & Gala Celebrating Philip Glass's 80th Birthday on March 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tibet House US)

Iggy Pop is feeling inspired by the travesty of 2020, and it’s resulted in the new single, “Dirty Little Virus.” If you ever wanted to hear a punk/rock icon stoically singing “COVID-19,” now you can. There are a bunch of… interesting one-liners, including the opening lyric: “COVID-19 is on the scene.” It’s all very detached and matter-of-fact.

“I was moved to write a direct lyric, not something too emotional or deep,” Pop said in a video, “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.”

Another odd point-blank lyric: “She’s only 19 but she can kill ya.” He’s not wrong.

Playing guitar and bass on the cut is Ari Teitel, while the tune’s co-writer Leron Thomas is credited with “editing, trumpet work and arrangement.”

Check out “Dirty Little Virus” below and Pop’s video as well.

This song comes a couple of weeks after his French cover of Elvis Costello’s “No Flag.” For Rolling Stone, the two legends had a conversation about the influence they have on each other: “It shared one word and one letter with a famous song of yours [“No Fun”],” Costello said, “but nobody spotted where it was drawing from, because nobody expects me to take a cue from you.”