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Search and Destroy (The Stooges song)

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A-side  "Search and Destroy"
Released  1973
Length  3:29
B-side  "Penetration"
Format  7"
Genre  Garage rock glam rock proto-punk

"Search and Destroy" is a song by American rock band The Stooges, recorded for the group's third album Raw Power (1973). Lead singer Iggy Pop said that the title was derived from a column heading in a Time article about the Vietnam War. In 1997, "Search and Destroy" (along with the rest of the songs on Raw Power) was remixed and remastered by Pop and Bruce Dickinson. The result was far more aggressive and stripped down than the original release, which had been mixed by David Bowie. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 468 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In 2009 it was named the 49th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.



"Search and Destroy" has been characterized as garage rock, glam rock and proto-punk.

Appearances in popular culture

  • "Search and Destroy" was the name of an influential late 1970s punk magazine based out of San Francisco.
  • Henry Rollins has a large tattoo on his back of an image with large text reading "Search & Destroy", which was completed in 1985.
  • As part of a "Blood, sweat and vomit" Nike Air ad campaign during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • In the 2000 film Almost Famous.
  • In the 2002 video game TOCA Race Driver.
  • In the 2003 film Haggard: The Movie.
  • In the second season of The Wire, in the June 2003 episode "Ebb Tide".
  • In the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
  • Emanuel's cover appeared in the 2005 video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
  • A cover version featured in the 2006 video game Guitar Hero II.
  • In the final season of Lost in the February 2010 episode "The Substitute".
  • Skunk Anansie's version was featured in the 2011 film Sucker Punch.
  • In the sixth season of the television series Dexter, in the November 2011 episode "Nebraska".
  • In a 2016 series of advertisements for the Audi A4 sport sedan.
  • Covers

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers covered the song on the B-side to their 1991 single "Give It Away" and their version appeared on various other of the band's releases including The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP. The band also performed the song live several times.
  • Def Leppard covered the song on the Japanese and Walmart editions of their 2006 album Yeah!.
  • It has also been covered by Bernie Torme, Black Light Burns, Cursed, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, EMF, Everclear, The Hives, Impaler, Kid Loco, LaFaro, Mai Kadowaki, Peaches, Pearl Jam with Mudhoney, Radio Birdman, The Rides, Rocket from the Tombs, Samiam, Shotgun Messiah, Sid Vicious, Soundgarden, Tales of Terror, Terveet K├Ądet, Turbonegro, UFX, Verdena and You Am I.
  • Personnel

  • Iggy Pop: Vocals
  • James Williamson: Guitar
  • Ron Asheton: Bass Guitar
  • Scott Asheton: Drums
  • References

    Search and Destroy (The Stooges song) Wikipedia

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