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"Sabotage" was a 20th century classical music song produced by the Human musical group Beastie Boys.

Around the early 2240s of the alternate reality, a young James T. Kirk played this song as he drove his stepfather's vintage Corvette on a joyride through the Iowa countryside. It was listed under the category of "oldies." (Star Trek)

Later in 2263, the crew of the USS Enterprise used the song "Sabotage" as a source of discordant noise, transmitted at very high frequency from aboard the USS Franklin to disrupt the cohesion of Krall's bee-like Swarm ships, which were attacking the Starbase Yorktown. This destroyed many of the ships. The song was picked by Jaylah out of the Franklin music library. (Star Trek Beyond)

"Sabotage" was also used in the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond. According to Pegg, its inclusion in the film was to be a surprise, one which was spoiled by the trailer's usage of the song. "“I was really angry about that,” he says, “because it used ‘Sabotage,’ which was our surprise moment in the end. It was supposed to be a very fun and heightened twist, and something that was a big surprise and they blew it in the first trailer, which really annoyed me. They also made the film look like a boneheaded action film." [1]
For the scene in Beyond, two other tracks were considered, with Creedence Clearwater Revival being Justin Lin's initial preference [2]

Lyrics Edit

I can't stand it, I know you planned it
I'm a' set straight, this Watergate
I can't stand rocking when I'm in here
'Cause your crystal ball ain't so crystal clear
So while you sit back and wonder why
I got this fuckin' thorn in my side
Oh my god, it's a mirage
I'm tellin' y'all it's sabotage

So listen up 'cause you can't say nothin'
You'll shut me down with a push of your button
But I'm out and I'm gone
I'll tell you now I keep it on and on

'Cause what you see you might not get
And we can bet so don't you get souped yet
You're scheming on a thing that's a mirage
I'm trying to tell you now it's sabotage


– Excerpted from "Sabotage"

"Sabotage" is copyright Beastie Boys. Excerpts from the song are published under "fair use" rules.

Memorable quotesEdit

"Is there a problem, officer?"
"Citizen, what is your name?"
"My name is James Tiberius Kirk.
"That's a good choice!"
– James T. Kirk reacts to "Sabotage" beginning to play, 2263 (Star Trek Beyond)
"Is that classical music?"
"Yes, doctor, it would seem to be.

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