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Florence + The Machine share cover of The Stooges’ ‘Search And Destroy’

The song features on the deluxe edition of 'Dance Fever' along with four new acoustic renditions

By Hollie Geraghty

Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK
Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Ruth Ossai).

Florence + The Machine have shared an acoustic cover of The Stooges’ ‘Search And Destroy’ – listen below.

Last week, Florence Welch and co. released their fifth studio album ‘Dance Fever’. Today (May 18), they shared the deluxe edition which features four acoustic versions of songs on the record, and a cover of ‘Search And Destroy’ from The Stooges’ 1973 album ‘Raw Power’.

You can listen to the powerful rendition below.

“Iggy Pop was such a presence on this record,” Welch wrote on Twitter. From the tension of ‘King’, to the baritone growl of ‘Restraint’. We paid homage to him.”

The deluxe edition also features acoustic versions of ‘Cassandra’, ‘Free’, ‘Morning Elvis’ and ‘My Love’.

Last week, Welch told Zane Lowe how she channelled Iggy Pop and Nick Cave on ‘Dance Fever’ track ‘King’.

Speaking to during an interview for Apple Music 1, she said the song “came from a real conversation in a real kitchen, and then it went into this metaphysical archetypes world, and I think I was thinking about these male performers that I have idolised”.

“I was thinking about Nick Cave, I was thinking about Leonard Cohen. I was thinking about how, in some ways, although everyone undergoes huge changes, their physical bodies – especially moving through touring – have been allowed to remain unchanged and they can commit their body entirely to the stage.

“In the singing, I’m trying to still embody them. In the lower baritones, I’m trying to do a Leonard or a Nick or an Iggy Pop.”

Florence + the Machine appears on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone UK. “A lot of this record is about unpacking that relationship with the creative entity and being like, ‘Are you actually a force for f**king good? Or are you actually demonic?” she said of the new album.

In a four-star review, Rolling Stone UK described Welch as being in “unstoppable form”.

“Despite its title, ‘Dance Fever’ is far from Florence + the Machine’s disco era. But still, Welch herself is in unstoppable form, and writes some of her most incisive lyrics to date in the process.”

Florence + The Machine and Kendrick Lamar are currently head to head in the race for this week’s Number One in the UK. Official Charts said Welch looks set to secure the top spot over Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, which would make it the band’s fourth UK number one.

Florence + the Machine appears on the cover of the June/July 2022 of Rolling Stone UK. Buy it here.