‘Little Know It All’ was written by Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley and band manager Greig Nori, who started developing the song ideas over the phone and by swapping computer files.
“I was singing, ‘You’re not the know it all’, Whibley said. “Iggy Pop came with the idea of calling it ‘Little Know It All.’ He wanted something that rocks, so I tried to write something classic sounding.”
Nori, who plays in his own band Treble Charger, was approached by Virgin Records in January to write and produce a song for Iggy Pop. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nori said: “We thought the best thing for Iggy Pop was not to make him sound like he was singing a Blink 182 song, or a Sum 41 song… We went for a Social Distortion kind of sound, a little bit slower paced, but real rockin’.”
The band were in the studio with Iggy Pop at the beginning of the month recording the track which Nori describes as a “hit”.
“Nothing hammered home the fact that we were recording an Iggy Pop song until he sang it the first time,” Nori said. “All of us got giggly and turned into little kids. As soon as I heard it come through the speakers, I was like, ‘Oh my god, it’s that voice’.”
Whibley said that during one of his phone conversations with Iggy Pop, the elder statesman of punk seemed unaware of his influence. “He said, I don’t know if you know me, but I used to make a couple of records back in the day… I was in a band called the Iggy Pop – I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of them?”
As previously reported on NME.COM, Iggy Pophas also just collaborated with [a][/a] on a track called ‘Kick It’ which will appear on the follow up to ‘The Teaches Of Peaches’ later in the year.