The Stooges - Search and Destroy - 1964

The Stooges: "Search and Destroy" (1973)

Welcome to an exploration of The Stooges' iconic song "Search and Destroy". Contrary to popular belief, this song was not released in 1964 but in 1973. It's a fascinating piece of music history that combines elements of punk, rock, and raw energy. In this aiMOOC, we'll dive deep into the song, the band, and the era that shaped this groundbreaking track.

The Song "Search and Destroy" "Search and Destroy" is a song by American rock band The Stooges, featured on their 1973 album "Raw Power". Produced by David Bowie, the album marked a significant shift in the band's sound. The song's title is reportedly derived from a phrase used in the Vietnam War. With its raw power and aggressive lyrics, it's considered a seminal proto-punk track.

  1. The Stooges: Learn about the band's history and its impact on rock music.
  2. Raw Power: Explore the album that houses "Search and Destroy".
  3. Proto-punk: Understand the genre and how "Search and Destroy" fits into it.
  4. Vietnam War and Music: Discover how the Vietnam War influenced music of the era.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the Song

In which year was "Search and Destroy" by The Stooges released? (1973) (!1964) (!1970) (!1969)

Who produced The Stooges' album "Raw Power"? (David Bowie) (!Iggy Pop) (!Lou Reed) (!Mick Jagger)

What genre is "Search and Destroy" often associated with? (Proto-punk) (!Glam rock) (!Heavy metal) (!Psychedelic rock)

Which war influenced the title of "Search and Destroy"? (Vietnam War) (!World War II) (!Korean War) (!Gulf War)

What is the main theme of "Search and Destroy"? (Aggression and destruction) (!Peace and love) (!Political change) (!Personal relationships)

Quiz: Questions on The Stooges

Who was the lead vocalist of The Stooges? (Iggy Pop) (!David Bowie) (!Lou Reed) (!Mick Jagger)

From which city did The Stooges originate? (Ann Arbor, Michigan) (!New York City, New York) (!Los Angeles, California) (!London, England)

Which of these albums is NOT by The Stooges? (!"London Calling") ("Fun House") ("The Stooges") ("Raw Power")

What style of dance was Iggy Pop known for during performances? (Stage diving and crowd surfing) (!Ballroom dancing) (!Tap dancing) (!Ballet)

What year was The Stooges' debut album released? (1969) (!1967) (!1971) (!1973)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

What is a recurring line in "Search and Destroy"? ("I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm") (!"I'm a midnight rider on a cloud of smoke") (!"I'm a high-flying eagle in a summer sky") (!"I'm a lonely wanderer on the path of life")

Which of these is a lyric from "Search and Destroy"? ("Look out honey, 'cause I'm using technology") (!"Waiting for the sun to shine again") (!"Walking through the streets of dreams") (!"Riding on the winds of change")

How does the song describe the protagonist's eyes? ("With a laser beam gaze") (!"Like the ocean's deep blue") (!"Filled with tears of joy") (!"Shining like the morning sun")

What does the protagonist of the song refer to themselves as? ("A world's forgotten boy") (!"A king without a crown") (!"A soldier without a war") (!"A poet without words")

The song's lyrics convey a sense of: (Rebellion and danger) (!Peace and serenity) (!Romantic love) (!Historical narrative)


Iggy Pop Lead vocalist of The Stooges
1973 Release year of "Search and Destroy"
Vietnam War War influencing the song's title
David Bowie Producer of "Raw Power"
Proto-punk Genre associated with "Search and Destroy"

Open Tasks


  1. Research The Stooges: Find out more about The Stooges' early years and how they formed.
  2. Design a Band Poster: Create a poster for The Stooges' "Raw Power" album era.
  3. Explore Proto-punk Music: Listen to other proto-punk bands and compare them to The Stooges.


  1. Analyze "Search and Destroy" Lyrics: Write a short essay on the themes and language used in the song.
  2. Vietnam War and Music: Research how the Vietnam War influenced other songs and artists of the era.
  3. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of songs that share themes with "Search and Destroy".


  1. Interview Fans: Interview people who were fans of The Stooges in the 1970s and gather their perspectives.
  2. Study Punk Movement: Explore the punk movement's origins and how The Stooges contributed to it.
  3. Produce a Cover Version: Record your own version of "Search and Destroy" and share it online.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Impact of The Stooges: How did The Stooges influence music genres that followed?
  2. Compare and Contrast Proto-punk and Punk: What are the main differences and similarities between these two genres?
  3. Analyze Iggy Pop's Stage Presence: How did Iggy Pop's unique performance style contribute to the band's image?
  4. The Role of Music in Social Movements: Discuss how songs like "Search and Destroy" can be seen as reflections of their time.
  5. The Evolution of Rock Music: Trace the evolution of rock music from the 1960s to the 1970s, focusing on key developments.

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