Published Dec 03, 2020Elvis Costello is giving us a new version of his Hey Clockface track "No Flag," and it comes with quite the twist. Instead of Costello signing the song, we have Iggy Pop doing the thing in French.
"[This song] was quite an effort," Pop said during a recent Zoom call with Costello for Rolling Stone. "Nobody official asked for it. It was just Elvis and [his wife] Diana [Krall] asking, 'Do you want to sing this in French?' And I thought, 'Well, the French will be a big chore. I can do that.'"
Costello went on to explain that "No Flag" was actually a tribute to the Stooges, saying: "That should have been a clue right away. It shared one word and one letter with a famous song of yours ['No Fun'], but nobody spotted where it was drawing from, because nobody expects me to take a cue from you."
Down below, you can hear Pop's redo of "No Flag," which comes via a video of hand-drawn animation by Arlo McFurlow and Eamon Singer.