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In this punk classic, Iggy Pop sings about how he wants to be used sexually by a woman. Songs like this helped establish Iggy as a punk icon known for unpredictable and outrageous behavior. In an interview with Howard Stern, he explained the sentiment behind the song: “Have you ever seen like a really good looking girl, really nicely dressed, and she’s walking down the street with her dog, right? And like her dog is… intimate with her body, and she likes him and everything. Basically, it’s the idea of I want to unite with your body. I don’t wanna talk about literature with you or judge you as a person. I wanna dog you.”
This track is well known for its three-chord riff and a continuously repeated single piano note, played by Velvet Underground founding member John Cale, who also produced the track. These elements, along with the heavily distorted sound, has lead critics to consider the track an early example of heavy metal and punk music.
Yes, those are sleigh bells that play throughout the song. Iggy Pop was always looking for unusual instrumentation – on “Search And Destroy” you’ll hear swords in the background.
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Hole, The Sex Pistols, Slayer and Joan Jett. It has also featured in many films, most notably the 1996 action film The Crow: City of Angels, in which vocalist Iggy Pop played the role of Curve, one of the film’s villains.
Well into his 60s, this song still inspired Iggy Pop to rekindle his notorious stage antics, particularly the stage dive: “because it is our oldest, and most very, very memorable number, I do it,” Iggy told Classic Rock Revisited. “I also do it on that song because I push so hard on the first two versus that I can’t think of anything to do by the time the guitar solo comes around. When the guitar solo comes, I tend to do a stage dive to go with the solo.”
This was used in the movies Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Friday Night Lights among many others.