Not to be confused with the classic Iggy Pop song of the same name, the title track from Lana Del Rey’s fifth studio album, “Lust For Life” captures the essence of both Lana and Abel’s will to live.
The moments when the two are doing what they love, with whom they love, remind them that life is worthwhile. In true Lana fashion, the song raids the larder of American pop culture, with nods to Iggy, ’60s girl groups, and even Billy Joel.
After earlier teasing the collaboration on Twitter, the track was officially released on April 19, 2017. It’s the first song written for her eponymous album, it marks Del Rey and The Weeknd’s fourth collaboration following “Prisoner,” “Party Monster” and “Stargirl Interlude.”
Del Rey initially worked with the Swedish hitmaker Max Martin on the track, before finalizing it with the help of Abel and Nowels.
What have the artists said about the song?
In a conversation with Courtney Love for DAZED magazine, Del Rey talked about the making of this song:
‘Lust for Life’ was the first song I wrote for the record, but it was kind of a Rubik’s Cube. I felt like it was a big song but… it wasn’t right. I don’t usually go back and re-edit things that much, because the songs end up sort of being what they are, but this one song I kept going back to. I really liked the title. I liked the verse. John Janick was like, ‘Why don’t we just go over and see what Max Martin thinks?’ So, I flew to Sweden and showed him the song. He said that he felt really strongly that the best part was the verse and that he wanted to hear it more than once, so I should think about making it the chorus.
So I went back to Rick Nowels’ place the next day and I was like, ‘Let’s try and make the verse the chorus,’ and we did, and it sounded perfect. That’s when I felt like I really wanted to hear Abel sing the chorus, so he came down and rewrote a little bit of it. But then I was feeling like it was missing a little bit of the Shangri-Las element, so I went back for a fourth time and layered it up with harmonies. Now I’m finally happy with it.
In an interview on Dazed Magazine, Lana Del Rey talked about the collaboration:
He is actually on the title track of the record, ‘Lust for Life’. Maybe that’s kind of weird to have a feature on the title track, but I really love that song and we had said for a while that we were gonna do something; I did stuff on his last two records.