Destroy Rock & Roll (song)

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"Destroy Rock & Roll"
Single by Mylo
from the album Destroy Rock & Roll
Released 2005
Format 7", compact disc
Recorded 2004
Genre Electronica, house
Label Breastfed Recordings
Producer(s) Myles MacInnes
Mylo singles chronology
"Drop the Pressure"
(2004)
"Destroy Rock & Roll"
(2005)
"In My Arms"
(2005)

"Destroy Rock & Roll" is a song by British electronic musician Mylo. It was released as the second single from his debut album of the same name. Produced by Mylo, the song samples the recording "Invocation for Judgement Against and Destruction of Rock Music", by religious organization Church Universal and Triumphant. Samples from the recording make up the entirety of the song's vocal track, which explicitly lists several popular 1980s musicians and bands. The track peaked at #15 on the UK Singles Chart, and also reached the top 40 on the Finnish singles charts.

The song's accompanying music video depicts Mylo in a large white room spraying graffiti art depicting symbols, pictures, or the names of the artists mentioned on the track.

Composition[edit]

The track was produced by Mylo. It contains samples of "Invocation for Judgement Against and Destruction of Rock Music", a 1984 recording by religious organization Church Universal and Triumphant. The original recording heavily condemns rock music, and many popular artists from the 1980s; it appears on a release entitled The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults.

Samples from the aforementioned recording make up the entirety of the song's vocal track. "Destroy Rock & Roll" begins with a sample of a severe voice condemning "all perversions of the third eye through distorted and exaggerated images, perverted movements of the body and breakdancing and other forms of dancing." The same voice calls for "the destroying of rock music directed specifically against children through the videos that were portrayed," and "working specifically through" certain individuals. The voice also calls for "the judgement of the sacred fire on this hour before the throne of Almighty God" through these individuals.

Immediately after this, the unknown voice begins to explicitly list down these individuals, the bulk of which are several popular musicians and bands from the 1980s. The reading of the list contributes the rest of the song's vocal track, which is backed by drum beats, as well as synthesizer and piano riffs throughout the entire track.

The same vocal sample was used by Negativland on the song "Michael Jackson" from Escape from Noise.

Artists mentioned in the track[edit]

The artists cited in the list are as follows: