"[New Values, 1979] is clean and carefully done. There's a lot of quality and when it came out, there were two streams that were really going strong in popular, contemporary music -- mostly coming out of England -- and one was the sort of post-punk experimental thing: lots of air, lots of eclecticism, typified by Eno, Bowie, Talking Heads. It was mid-Atlantic, it was a Euro-centric way of looking at things and New Wave was about to come in. [New Values] didn't really fit with that. And then there was the intoxication of good old snarling punk and it didn't really fit in with that because it was almost quietly done, precisely done. There were no tricks on it. It's a very particular sound on the record. A couple of people told me it's held up well."
Iggy Pop, Mean Magazine #14, September 2001