Iggy Pop Reveals the Meaning of His New Song "We Are the People”

Punk icon Iggy Pop spoke with Brut about the meaning of his new song "We Are the People" and how it’s connected to Lou Reed.

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What is rock icon Iggy Pop singing about on his new song? He shares the story behind “We Are the People”:

“We are the people without land. We are the people without tradition. We are the people without a country, a voice or mirror. I had this instrumental track left and there was no vocal that fit it, something went wrong matching it with something else, where I changed things. But I loved the instrumental track and I have a small house in a funky part of Miami where my mail comes and I have my, you know, guitars and sing there, paint, things like that, and in the mail came a book from the Lou Reed archive. The first thing I saw when I opened on the first page, bang! There was this poem and I thought I knew what he was saying, and I thought it was today in Trump’s America. The poem was written in the early 70s and…1970, yeah and it’s really relevant today. Absolutely relevant today and a lot of observations in there, you know, just even the opening line “We are the people without land.” Because in each of our respective countries, there are people who own an enormous amount of land. I also think that single opening phrase also means that, as he goes through the poem it’s obvious that we are people without a land either, without a land of our own.”

James Newell Osterberg Jr., better known as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Designated the "Godfather of Punk", he was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band the Stooges, who were formed in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since. Initially playing a raw, primitive style of rock and roll (that progressed stylistically with each album), the band sold few records in their original incarnation and gained a reputation for their confrontational performances, which often involved acts of self-mutilation by Pop.


09/06/2019 10:30 PM


  • Steven S.
    03/04/2020 08:08

    Thank you. Amazingly fitting, honest. Needed.

  • Visca D.
    10/31/2019 21:22

    Fake man sa voix lui donne confiance en lui c tt so s'aime quand il parle pr dire n'importe quoi ca lui parait poetic lol

  • Jose A.
    10/31/2019 17:12

    Scuza !.. Men Non capisco l'inglese, metto i sottotitoli in spagnolo per favore !

  • Gayle M.
    10/31/2019 01:50

    twin brother

  • Rosa M.
    10/30/2019 22:15


  • Bruno B.
    10/30/2019 03:19

    Grande caniggia!

  • Próculo S.
    10/29/2019 20:49

    Guillermo Gregorio

  • Mili S.
    10/29/2019 20:38

    Otro boludo cuantos mas

  • Rajat S.
    10/29/2019 10:46

    Sakti kapoor

  • Deden K.
    10/29/2019 01:37

    burut...turun berok ye😁😁

  • Bastián C.
    10/27/2019 21:04


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  • El A.
    10/26/2019 17:24

    salu cava

  • Emmanuel F.
    10/26/2019 01:18

    Que cambiado esta paul caniggia!!!

  • Elizabeth D.
    10/25/2019 01:48

    me.acorde que te gustaba mucho Iggy.

  • Luis S.
    10/24/2019 12:10

    Me encanta Iggy Pop !!! Pero verlo vivo con la vida que ha tenido ya roza el milagro !!!!!! Jajajajajajajaja !!!!!

  • Reginaldo R.
    10/24/2019 03:35

    Es Letelier.?

  • Manuel E.
    10/23/2019 15:15

    Que me importa ctm

  • Sofiane B.
    10/22/2019 17:51

    It's mean juish people

  • Toshiro I.
    10/22/2019 04:26

    Puta creo q era el zangano del letelier.....

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