Artists used for “enhanced interrogation” (i.e. torture) sessions include Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and, er, Britney Spears

A new book called The Penguin Book of Hell has a chapter about the music American interrogators use at detention centres around the planet, including a prison in Mosul, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The goal is to drive inmates into talking.

While this list has songs has been floating around online for years, the publication of this book once again brings the topic of torture music to the fore.

Try this playlist to what the book called “Ow That’s What I Call Music.” (Hey, I laughed.)

“Fuck Your God,” – Deicide
“Bodies,” – Drowning Pool
“Dirrty,” – Christina Aguilera
“Somewhat Damaged,” – Nine Inch Nails
“The Beautiful People,” – Marilyn Manson
“  . . . Baby One More Time,” – Britney Spears
“I Love You Song,” – Barney and Friends
“We Are the Champions,” – Queen
The Meow Mix Theme

Marilyn Manson had this to say:

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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