Search and Destroy (The Stooges song)
|"Search and Destroy"|
|Single by The Stooges|
|from the album Raw Power|
|A-side||"Search and Destroy"|
"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.
Appearances in popular culture
- "Search & Destroy" was the name of an influential late 1970s punk magazine based out of San Francisco.
- The song has made several appearance in TV shows, video games and films including Almost Famous (2000), TOCA Race Driver (2002), Haggard: The Movie (2003), The Wire episode "Ebb Tide" (2003), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), the Lost episode "The Substitute" (2010) and the Dexter episode "Nebraska" (2011).
- The song was used in the Nike Air ad campaign that aired during the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2016 ads for the Audi A4 sport sedan.
- A remixed version of "Search and Destroy" appeared in the final trailer for the 2017 film War for the Planet of the Apes.
- American punk rock band the Dictators covered the song for their second album, Manifest Destiny (1977).
- Red Hot Chili Peppers covered the song on the B-side to their 1991 single "Give It Away"; their version was later included on The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience (1993), Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers (1998) and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP (2012). The band also performed the song live several times.
- Utah Saints sampled "Search and Destroy" for their song "Techknowledgy" on the album Two (2000); this version was later included in the 2002 video game ATV Offroad Fury 2.
- A cover by Emanuel appeared on the soundtrack for the 2005 video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
- Def Leppard covered the song on the Japanese and Walmart editions of their 2006 album Yeah!.
- A 2006 cover version appeared in the video game Guitar Hero II.
- Skunk Anansie recorded a version of the song for the 2011 film Sucker Punch.
- Sex Pistols frequently played Search and Destroy for their live shows. Search and Destroy also appeared on the live album, Live & Filthy (2008).
- Soundgarden covered the song live during the tour in support of Down on the Upside, and was later included on Live on I-5 (2011).
- The song has also been covered by Bernie Tormé, Black Light Burns, Cursed, the Dead Boys, 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, Tales of Terror, Terveet Kädet, Turbonegro, UFX, Verdena and You Am I.
- Trynka, Paul (2011). Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed. Random House Digital. p. 136. ISBN 9780767927222.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Kane, Tyler (August 27, 2014). "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Smith, Troy L. (May 24, 2016). "50 greatest album-opening songs". cleveland.com. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
'Search and Destroy' is a raw form of garage rock that would go onto influence a number of artists.
- Savage, Jon (February 1, 2013). "The 20 best glam-rock songs of all time". The Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Terich, Jeff (November 5, 2015). "10 Essential Proto-punk tracks". Treblezine. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
- Going Underground: American Punk 1979–1989 by George Hurchalla
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