Iggy Pop recorded the track with producer Andrew Watt, who has previously worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Post Malone and Justin Bieber. When Watt sent Pop the song with a provisional title of "Strung Out Johnny," the rocker immediately connected with the subject matter and felt he could add a personal touch to the lyrics. "I'm singing it to the archetypal Johnny
, the universal young man," Pop explained to Apple Music. "I wanted to sing to him about how it goes-step one, step two, step three, and then you're f---ed. But I wanted to put myself in there too, so the song would be a little warmer and more sincere."