The New Values
album was released five years after Pop's band The Stooges folded. He enlisted two of his former bandmates, James Williamson and Scott Thurston, to work on it. Williamson produced the album and wrote "Don't Look Down" with Pop. He explained in a Songfacts interview
: "The riff to 'Don't Look Down' was written in my apartment one rather sad rainy day in my little duplex apartment in Hollywood. It almost came to me as a whole - including verses, choruses, and everything. I wasn't playing in the band or anything at that time, so it just laid dormant for a couple of years until Iggy asked me to produce his album, which would become New Values
. During the pre-production, I showed him that song, and he immediately wrote the lyrics. I always loved the way it turned out."