Iggy Pop Shares French Language Rendition of Elvis Costello’s ‘No Flag’

    Iggy Pop has shared a French language rendition of Elvis Costello‘s ‘No Flag’, a song from his most recent studio album Hey Clockface that includes a reference to Iggy and the Stooges. Check out ‘No Flag (en Français)’ below.

    Iggy Pop talked about reworking the song in a Rolling Stone conversation between the two artists: “There’s a uniqueness to the French language,” he said. “No other language has vowels that sound like that. Learning a song that’s as quick as ‘No Flag’ took a month of practice because my lips weren’t used to those combinations…I [worked on it] for 40 minutes a day for about five weeks. You don’t want to do too much work on it at once or it’s not fun anymore.”

    Costello responded: “You sound absolutely convincing in French. When I played your version to Muriel she said, ‘This is unbelievable. You’re so inside the song.’ Diana and I were both listening to it with tears in our eyes.”

    Hey Clockface, Costello’s 31st studio album, came out in October. Iggy Pop’s most recent LP was last year’s Free.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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