Listen to ‘Dirty Little Virus,’ a COVID-19 Inspired New Song from Iggy Pop


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Iggy Pop has shared a new song titled “Dirty Little Virus.” Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, the song was premiered on Monday by Pop.

In a video shared along with the song, the legendary singer/icon explains that he found himself “moved to write a direct lyric, not something too emotional or deep, more like journalism. Who, what, where, where … I left out the why, because that gets too complex. But I put in how I felt about it.”

It features lyrics such as:

 “Grandfather’s dead …  got Trump instead” and “Can’t have no fun, can’t touch no one …”

Listen to the song below:

Iggy Pop isn’t the first music legend to share a song inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, of course — and his pretty much takes a stance opposite that of “Stand and Deliver,” the recent “anti-lockdown” song written by Van Morrison and performed by Eric Clapton.

That eyebrow-raising song was penned by Morrison as a response to the restrictions put in place by the U.K. in light of the pandemic, and features lyrics like this:

Do you want to be a free man/Do you want to be a slave?
Is this a sovereign nation/Or just a fascist state?
You better look out people, before it gets too late

And so on.

Process from the “Stand and Deliver” track will benefit Van Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which sprang up with his recent releases as a means of providing support to musicians impacted negatively by the pandemic and subsequent restrictions.


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