Break Into Your Heart

Album: Post Pop Depression (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track of Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop's 17th studio album. The record was produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Speaking to NME's Matt Wilkinson for his Beats 1 radio show, Pop explained how the collaboration came about: "I texted [Homme] and said, 'I thought we could maybe write something and record it'. That was it. He didn't have my number and it had been years since I met him... but he texted back favorably and we sort of started bouncing.

    About half way through, we had a conversation about what we wanted to do. We didn't want to take anyone's money, we didn't want a record [label] person up our ass - we were willing to use our own funds."
  • This song is a gloomy take on a forceful attempt at courtship. Pop told Vulture.com: "These were the hardest lyrics for me on the record. For a young man like Josh, 'Break Into Your Heart' has a sense of 'Here I come, baby!' But I don't feel that way. Stealing a heart — that suits where I am in my life."
  • Homme arranged a subdued rock sound for the song with a traipsing rhythm. He told Mojo: "I didn't try to arrange it – it just came out like this. I had a couple of words that were maybe what I thought of Iggy; womanizing, ups and downs, drugs. I had 'Take it all, take it all - but he changed that to 'Take it all, break it all, fake it all, steal it all, fail them all, touch them all.' I started getting the chills. That catalyst freed everybody."
  • In discussing "Break Into Your Heart" in the film American Valhalla, Pop admitted his own penchant for wooing his way into women's lives and then dipping out on his ensuing obligations. "I'm selfish," he says with a smile.

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