Search and Destroy (The Stooges song)

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"Search and Destroy"
Search and Destroy Stooges song.jpg
Single by The Stooges
from the album Raw Power
A-side"Search and Destroy"
  • Iggy Pop
  • David Bowie

"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.[1] 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.[2]


"Search and Destroy" has been characterized as garage rock,[3][4] glam rock[5] and proto-punk.[6]

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  1. ^ Trynka, Paul (2011). Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed. Random House Digital. p. 136. ISBN 9780767927222.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2009-02-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Kane, Tyler (August 27, 2014). "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Smith, Troy L. (May 24, 2016). "50 greatest album-opening songs". Retrieved December 27, 2018. 'Search and Destroy' is a raw form of garage rock that would go onto influence a number of artists.
  5. ^ Savage, Jon (February 1, 2013). "The 20 best glam-rock songs of all time". The Guardian. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Terich, Jeff (November 5, 2015). "10 Essential Proto-punk tracks". Treblezine. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Going Underground: American Punk 1979–1989 by George Hurchalla
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