It’s well known that the US has used music as a form of coercion (Metallica) and torture (Britney Spears, the Barney song). We can add the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the list, too.
According to Al Jazeera America, suspected terrorist Abu Zubaydah was encouraged to talk by being subjected to a continuous loop of Chili Peppers music. This, by the way, is in contravention to the United Nationals Convention Against Torture. Music is not allowed to be used in such a fashion. However, under US law, it’s still okay.
The Chili Peppers have yet to say anything about this–not that any of it is their fault, but you’d expect them to be against this sort of thing, right?
Here’s a list of songs that have been used on prisoners, courtesy the Wall Street Journal:
- Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
- Christina Aguilera – Dirty
- Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Were Made for Walking
- AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill
- Barry Manilow – Anything the man ever did
- Barney the Dinosaur – I Love You
And here’s a few more from TIME:
- Van Halen – Panama
- Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
And a couple more according to The Telegraph:
- Clash – Rock the Casbah
- Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
- Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
- Mitch Miller – Christmas Sing-Along
- Metallica – Enter Sandman
- Toby Keith – Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)
(Via Consequence of Sound)