How do you make a stellar song even better? You enlist an iconic singer, that’s how.
On Thursday (Jan. 23), Cage the Elephant re-released their song “Broken Boy.” Now, you may be asking what exactly makes this version different from the one on the group’s 2019 release Social Cues? Well, the Kentucky-founded act was able to get rock icon Iggy Pop to contribute vocals to the track.
“Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the rock dream, so for a couple of fun minutes, I was one of the boys. Sounds pretty wicked to me.” Pop said in a press statement about the collaboration.
It sounds pretty wicked to us too.
“He’s such a pioneer in so many fields: lyrically, culturally, poetically, visually, musically, and stylistically,” Cage the Elephant vocalist Matt Shultz said.
“Only a couple times in your life do you have the opportunity to share a moment with a visionary and beautiful human as he is. I’m grateful and blown away to have experienced and witnessed, not just his creativity, but also his kindness, humility, and humanness first hand. Such a testimony to the power of love.”
Check out the new version of “Broken Boy” above.
The original version of “Broken Boy” is featured on Cage the Elephant’s fifth studio effort Social Cues. The record was released in the spring of last year to critical acclaim from both critics and fans.
The 13-track record is nominated for Best Rock Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, going head-to-head against Bring Me the Horizon (amo), The Cranberries (In the End), I Prevail (Trauma), and Rival Sons (Feral Roots).
As for Iggy Pop, the Stooges frontman will be the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.