Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The damn noise follows me and the Yanks won't set me free

I can understand Metallica, AC/DC, Britney being in the list. Heck, even the Barney & Friends song. But Don McLean? And I Love You So, Vincent, American Pie Don McLean?

“Music played at unbearable volumes has been frequently deployed in Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere by the CIA, as part of a sophisticated portfolio of torture against detainees...

“The styles of music used range from heavy metal to pop. According to the British legal charity Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently: Enter Sandman Metallica, Bodies Drowning Pool, Shoot to Thrill and Hells Bells AC/DC, I Love You from the Barney & Friends children's television show, Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen. Babylon David Gray, White America Eminem, Sesame Street theme tune from the children's television show.

“Other bands and artists whose music has been frequently played at US detention sites include: Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Don McLean, Lil' Kim, Limp Bizkit, Meat Loaf, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tupac Shakur.”

-- “Musicians condemn use of their songs as instruments of war”

Life-and-death question: Why isn't Air Supply in this countdown?

1 comment:

Molave said...

Because Air Supply is Australian, and Australians are cheesy, and cheese could never be an instrument of war, and therefore... Well, you do the math.

Heh-heh, kidding. Hi Gibbs, this is an old friend of Fred's. Stumbled across your blog just now. Mighty fine writing. Cheers!

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