In a new interview with Billboardthe couple revealed it was a relatively easy experience after they met Morrissey. Watt was working on the English singer’s upcoming album, and Pop had been invited to contribute. That led to Pop’s connection with Watt.
“We started chatting, and [Watt] said, ‘Look, I really want to send you some tracks,’ and I kind of said, ‘Well, okay, do it,'” Pop recalled. “I didn’t really ask him what it was going to be or how or anything. He didn’t push me in any way. We didn’t set out with some kind of plan like ‘This is going to be an album’ or ‘This is going to be an EP ” or “This needs to come out” at all. But I enjoyed what we were doing and enjoyed the music.”
The 75-year-old reflected that “it kind of came. Especially when you’re my age, you can’t really grimace and clench your fist and say, ‘OK, hell, I’m going to put together a rock album!’ It kind of happened. So credit goes to [Watt] for having the drive and the interest—and also, I would say, some of the credit goes to me for … having a sense of what would work best with what he had prepared.”
Watt said he was impressed by the “fantastic ideas” Pop had suggested for the Morrissey collaboration, although there were “too many.” “It got me thinking,” Watt explained. “I could do some great shit with this guy.”
He explained that the process was “really like, ‘OK, Iggy Pop, the godfather of punk, one of the Bowie‘s muse, inventor of genres, inventor of punk rock, inventor of garage rock … what do I want to hear this guy sing? If I’m in the front row with this kick-ass band and the punk rock James Brown singing, what do I want to hear?’”
Watt worked with former collaborators Chad Smith and Duff McKaganamong many others, on backing tracks for the album that became Everyone loses. “We’d jam and make tracks and send them to Iggy and he’d want them and write to them or didn’t like them and we’d do something else,” the producer said. “It was very low pressure. We just kept making music until we felt like we had an album.”
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