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Friday, July 4, 2008

Now that's what I call Torture.

As part of it's "War Against Terror" the US military has tortured, or had people tortured, in various countries around the world including Afganistan, Morrocco and Iraq. Water boarding is the most notorious method of torture deployed against suspected terrorists. A less well known torture that has been extensively used, more so than water boarding, is the use of painfully loud music. Subjects of this torture by music would have deafening music played in their cell 24hrs a day, sometimes for up to 20 days, sometimes longer.

Here is some of the music that was used as a method of torture.

AC/DC - Hell's Bells
AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill
Barney the Purple Dinosaur - theme tune
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
David Gray - Babylon
Deicide - Fuck Your God
Don McLean - American Pie
Dope - Die MF Die
Dope - Take Your Best Shot
Dr. Dre
Drowning Pools - Bodies
Eminem - Kim
Eminem - Slim Shady
Eminem - White America
Li'l Kim
Limp Bizkit
Matchbox Twenty - Gold
Meat Loaf
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Neil Diamond - America
Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs
Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self-Destruct
Prince - Raspberry Beret
Queen - We are The Champions
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Saliva - Click Click Boom
Sesame Street - theme tune
Tupac - All Eyes on Me

If you are a musician whose music has been used for torture you should contact the organisation Reprieve. Reprieve believe that the US military has a case to answer under copyright law. The US military did not pay the artists concerned for public broadcast rights. Sadly their is a better chance of convicting the US Military under copyright law than there is of ever holding them to account for torture.

All musicians shocked by this situation should consider putting a clause in their contract forbidding the use of their music for the purposes of torture.

My personal view is that music is something that demonstrates culture and civilisation. For music to be twisted and used in acts of barbarity sickens me.

Further reading and links if you want to campaign against the use of music for torture.


  1. one song from some of them and I'd be giving up everything I knew!

  2. Does inflicting "We Are The Champions" on your loved ones at home count as torture? If so who do I complain to?