"Stripsearch" is a song from Faith No More's studio album, Album of the Year, and was released as a single towards the end of 1997. It was the last single from the album to be released prior to the band splitting up, although another single would be released later, a cover of "I Started A Joke" by the Bee Gees.
The song was based on a song written by guitarist Jon Hudson, composed in simple MIDI format, hence the heavy electronic sound.
The loop in the beginning made such a difference. Before we put it in, the song sounded more like Queensrÿche. But after the loop, it sounded more like Portishead or something. It gave it a darker, different slant. It didn't sound like a rock band anymore.
The video for "Stripsearch" was filmed in Berlin. It was directed by Philip Stolzt, based on a screenplay written by Billy Gould. In the video, Mike Patton walks through parts of the city. At about half way through he arrives at a military checkpoint and stands at the back of a queue also containing the other members of the band. When he reaches the front, he hands over his passport for inspection. The man inspecting it finds something wrong with the papers and calls the guards on Patton, who tries to get away and is pinned to the floor at gunpoint and arrested. The video then shows still images set earlier in the day, highlighting previously unseen details that point to Patton being a criminal.