“King of the Dogs,” the lead single from Iggy Pop‘s forthcoming album Préliminaires, was released digitally on May 5 through all digital retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody. Rolling Stone included the song on their “Hot List” calling it “Magnifique,” and adding that “on this Big Easy-style single from his French-novel-inspired new disc, Ig gets his Tom Waits on.” The track is also currently being featured on Stereogum.
“King of the Dogs” was inspired by New Orleans style jazz, with an arrangement featuring trumpet, trombone and clarinet. “At one point, I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music,” says Iggy. “I’ve started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz.”
Préliminaires, which will be released in the U.S. on EMI Music’s Astralwerks label on June 2, was produced by Hal Cragin and inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq’s 2005 novel The Possibility of an Island.