Nice to be Dead

Album: Préliminaires (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This song confronts the issue of death head on. The Sun June 5, 2009 suggested to Iggy that he's singing about something most people shy away from. He replied laughing: "Especially Americans! If you mention it to a lot of Americans, they start laughing. They're embarrassed for you."
  • The album title Préliminaires translates as "Foreplay." The Sun asked Iggy why he titled it such. "The record company, the marketing genie wanted to call it Hors D'oeuvres," he replied, holding up his hands in horror. "I was thinking more of a title track like Spanish Coast." Iggy decided on Préliminaires. He explained: "This is a slim volume, not a huge bite but a step in a certain direction. So I thought the name fits and there's the fun side. Also, once I hit 50, it began to occur to me that there was going to be some sort of a death thing coming up for me. I'm 62 now, so I thought about 'preliminary' to death."

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