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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Whose music was used as torture?

We already know that the Gitmo folks have used Prince's "Raspberry Beret," among other tunes, to drive prisoners nuts. But the complete torture playlist is still classified. Some of the lefties in the music world want to force the government to let them see the whole thing.

If you want to take me out, I think about three playings of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know?" ought to do the trick. Or just two of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight."

Comments (18)

Debbie Boone- You light up my life. That'll get me to squeal like a little pig from Deliverance.

Oh Mandy, by Barry Cantalope.

But isn't Gitmo closed yet? I thought that was have happened a while ago...

And why would a music list be classified, unless it might embarass certain donors... like maybe Babs?

"Raspberry Beret" by Prince is a tremendous tune. If they're all that good they should make a torture compilation album.
You know what would have worked if it had been available? Bob Dylan's new Christmas album. That one's like waterboarding your ears.

That's only the extraordinary rendition, Bill.

Oh cmon, In The Air Tonight is totally ineffective. We don't have all day. Sussudio gets the job done far quicker.

I assume all they're after is the ASCAP royalties.

Just play one Elvis Costello after another. That would torture anyone.

Oh, Mandy? I thought that was done by Barely Manatall.

How about "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher?

"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha" would be effective, and topical.

This post reminded me of the 1961 movie, 'One, Two, Three', in which an East German is made to talk by being forced to listen to the song, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' repeatedly.

There was a hand drawn cartoon in campus radio station where I worked where the "prisoner" tied to the chair with the light bulb in his face stated "I will confess to anything as long as you don't make me listen to Sentimental Lady (Fleetwood Mac) again."

Although, I personally think the all time torture song has to to be "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" by the Bee Gees.

I vote for Muskrat Love by The Captain and Tenille. Ew.

Who let the Dogs out. Whof Whof

I've been arguing for decades that forcing anybody to listen to Phil Collins was a violation of the Geneva Convention. (Of course, I find it incredibly funny that Eddie Vedder is demanding the lists of Gitmo songs, just so he can say "See? See? Someone's still listening to Pearl Jam!")

I know for a fact that the USAF uses Yoko Ono music in their SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) training. I've been through it. They also use screeching monkey, seagull, and parrot noises, so you can see how Yoko fits nicely in that rotation.

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A." is horrible. Bet it's on the list.

Slayer was widely used to fire up the infantry in the first Gulf War. Time for a reprise in Afghanistan?

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