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This is probably just a case of my overactive imagination, but I came across this Iggy and the Stooges track the other day, and something about the underlying riff just sounded so…familiar.  Sure, it’s not like it’s meant to be a particularly earth-shattering riff, but it kept rattling around inside my brain, searching my musical muscular memory for its ghostly twin.

Then I figured out what it reminded me of: Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy.”  Of course, it’s not like the universe would be perverse enough to make “Seek and Destroy” a decade-late echo of Iggy and Stooges’ “Search and Destroy,” and after doing a side-by-side listening, I know the comparison is a little overblown, but still.  Give the two a listen and see what you think.

The riff in question on the Stooges track is just the main mid-paced verse lick (and really, to be honest, it’s just the first four or five notes of that riff).  To these ears, it sounds a hell of a lot like the descending riff in “Seek and Destroy” – not the main riff which opens the song, but the eight-note descending sequence which leads into the primary verse riff.

Iggy and the Stooges, “Hey Peter” (1973, demo track from Raw Power sessions):

Metallica, “Seek and Destroy” (1983, Kill ’em All, although if you watch another clip on YouTube, a live show from Seattle in ’89, you can feel yourself charmed as James Hetfield metaphorically pisses into the mouths of the audience at the front of the barrier – here):

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So, anyway, I’m perfectly willing to be told that I’m full of shit on this one.  But aren’t there any songs out there that sound suspiciously like other riffs, such that once you’ve made the connection, when you get one of them in your head, your mind keeps jumping back and forth between the two?

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