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LOST 6.04 – Sawyer is the Son of a Nuclear A-Bomb (and so are the rest)

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When Smokey was reconnoitering about New Otherton, we caught a bit of a song that Sawyer was listening to. The song was Punk icons Iggy & The Stooges “Search and Destroy”. Punk is the musical genre of choice for hardcore rebels and anarchists alike – of which, Sawyer has and does resemble both – but the particular song choice may also be a bit of foreshadowing, specifically the lyric that says:

“I’m the runaway son of a nuclear A-Bomb”

Taken as a passing reference, it could merely be there as a wink to the events of the season 5 finale. Or, possibly it was put in for a more literal purpose. Are the actions of the Juggies somehow preventing them from enjoying the boon of a hard earned do-over? Did it not work because – catch phrase alert – none of them are ready to ‘let go’? Just a thought.

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  • lostinnashville

    He is also, once again, a “forgotten boy” with Juliet gone; similar to being “forgotten” under the bed while his dad shot his mother and then himself.

  • lostinnashville

    Speaking of which, while Kate was filling her canteen in What Kate Does, I was worried we might hear a gunshot from inside the cabin…Sawyer committing suicide over a lost love like his father.

  • greg dharma

    not sure that selecting one line at random means anything. the entire song seems to have context.

    here’s the full lyrics:

    I’m a street walking cheetah
    with a hide full of napalm
    I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb
    I am a world’s forgotten boy
    The one who searches and destroys
    Honey gotta help me please
    Somebody gotta save my soul
    Baby detonates for me
    Look out honey, ’cause I’m using technology !
    Ain’t got time to make no apology
    Soul radiation in the dead of night
    Love in the middle of a fire fight
    Honey gotta strike me blind
    Somebody gotta save my soul
    Baby penetrates my mind
    And I’m the world’s forgotten boy
    The one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy
    And honey I’m the world’s forgotten boy
    The one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy
    Forgotten boy, forgotten boy
    Forgotten boy said
    hey forgotten boy

    my take was the song related to sawyer’s mindstate at the time.

  • GeigerCounter

    I find it hard to believe that Sawyer likes punk.
    I get that Jack listened to Nirvana in the flashforwards in Through the Looking Glass. He’s basically am Ivy League doctor who, when he’s doing something rebellious, resorts to the obvious choice of rebellious music because he doesn’t know better. But Sawyer is a Southern Man, a con man from Alabama, and punk just doesn’t fit him at all. When he’s mad, when he’s feeling down, he doesn’t need to play loud music. Despite the nice connections with the lyrics I thought the choice of song was stupid and out of character for Sawyer. Iggy Pop is about the last thing I’d ever guess for Sawyer’s musical taste.

    • DocArzt

      Blame the Dharma music librarian. 😀

      • naultz

        there should be some country in Pierre Chang’s secret stash( willie nelson) and he tells hurly he is a fan of country, so I would think it would be available if that’s his thing.

    • Shaun

      Yeah, but did you expect Sawyer, who seemed at first to be some kind of good ol’ boy hayseed early in season 1, to be singing a Bob Marley song either? I don’t think listening to Iggy Pop was that big of a stretch, given that. Who’s to say he didn’t discover Iggy and punk rock, not to mention reggae, in high school or something?

      Or maybe someone loaned him the album while he was living in Dharmaville. Maybe he heard it, liked it for whatever reason, and loaned him the record. I wouldn’t dwell on it much… I think Lost has moments far more improbably this one. Pretty much everything that happened in “What Kate Does,” for instance.

    • Scottt

      It’s the Stooges… and its rock and roll from 1973. Its been on rock radio before punk was ever a thing. Sawyer obviously has the hard rock attitude and The Stooges definitely fit the nihilistic mood he was in.

      • GeigerCounter

        My point is that Sawyer’s tough enough without playing tough music. He would have pulled that scene off with Petula Clark’s Downtown. Also, this would have been a nice touch – as he’s mourning Juliet he’s listening to her fav song.

    • Casey

      I’m a “Southern Man.”

      I’ve been listening to punk since I was 12.

      Are you saying that because I’m from the country in the South, there is no possible way I could like Iggy Pop?

      That sounds like a small-minded assumption on your part. Don’t generalize people. Hasn’t LOST taught you anything?

      • GeigerCounter

        what I wrote to Scottt

  • I’m sure it was available in the house, and Sawyer was drunk. Sure, country seems more appropriate for Sawyer, but he no doubt has a varied taste in music just as he has a varied taste in literature. I loved the song choice — the perfect way to introduce the arrival of the Nemesis in this episode. He’s out to search and destroy.

    • DocArzt

      It was probably Juliet’s favorite. Petula Clark and Iggy Pop go together, right? 😀

    • Shaun

      I would think assuming he likes, oh, I dunno, Toby Keith or some crap like that just because he’s southern is probably just a stereotype. I’m not saying you’re stereotyping him, I’m just saying that would be a far too
      simple assumption to make

      As you note, he has diverse tastes in literature. Why not in music too? Certainly, listening to the Stooges and singing Bob Marley would indicate that. Anyhow, I agree… The song choice was great, as it pretty much always is on the show.

      I’ve made my own Lost soundtrack for my iPod and it’s been a blast putting it together. Some songs are just too dopey for my tastes: “Love Will Keep Us Together,” for instance (even though they way they used it was hilarious), and some I just don’t like (Nirvana). I’ve got most of them though, even all that Patsy Cline. It’s a really eclectic mix, and now I’m going to add this Iggy & The Stooges song.

      • DocArzt

        It’s all part of the grift.

  • minnie swirl

    Re: Sawyer’s choice of song, maybe people aren’t as obvious as they seem. Just because someone is from the south doesn’t necessarily mean they would never be interested in punk.

    • Landryb

      Here, here minnie!

    • rivum

      seriously! good job minnie!
      i’m sure people would take a look at me, a mild mannered accountant, and be shocked that i have such a fondness for the raw power record also.

      you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!

  • Pete317

    Maybe he has eclectic music tastes. Remember, he was singing Marley’s “Redemption Song” on the remains of the raft.

  • Space

    I bet if I lost the person I loved and was overcome with grief, “Search and Destroy” would be a great song to hear when I was drinking straight whiskey and trashing my house, lol.

    The line about the forgotten boy, searching to destroy could refer to MIB as well. He’s recruiting, searching for someone (Richard, then Sawyer). We don’t fully know MIB’s plan, but I bet something or someone will be “destroyed” in a sense.

  • Fox

    “My baby detonates for me”

    That line!!

  • dd

    This discussion of punk, “hardcore rebels,” and “anarchists” is embarrassing. It’s like listening to dad or your local news station trying to talk about something they just don’t understand.

  • paul christopher

    fact is that the stooges were from Ann Arbor, Michigan, same place as the Dharma HQ.

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