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Music Breaking Down Iraqi Prisoners

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by rickbass, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    From "Newsweek" magazine -

    "May 26 issue — Your parents aren’t the only ones who hate your music—some Iraqis hate it, too. U.S. military units have been breaking Saddam supporters with long sessions in which they’re forced to listen to heavy-metal and children’s songs. “Trust me, it works,” says one U.S. operative.

    THE IDEA, says Sgt. Mark Hadsell, is to break a subject’s resistance by annoying that person with what some Iraqis would consider culturally offensive music. The songs that are being played include “Bodies” from the Vin Diesel “XXX” movie soundtrack and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” “These people haven’t heard heavy metal before,” he explains. “They can’t take it.” Few people could put up with the sledgehammer riffs of Metallica, and kiddie songs aren’t that much easier, especially when selections include the “Sesame Street” theme and some of purple dinosaur Barney’s crooning."

    I guess 50 Cent would violate the Geneva Convention as "cruel and unusual punishment"???

  2. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Its a funny thing, these guys have used music for a long time. I remember reading that they were blasting "We're not gonna take it" by Twisted Sister at Noriega, trying to get them to give up. ;)
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Yeah, Gabe. I remember when it was reported that Noriega's mansion was blasted 24/7 with hard rock over huge PA speakers.

    You live in S. Cal and I also live in a place where there are radio channels that play Mexican "Norteno" music with tubas doing the bass parts. Prolonged listening to that stuff could easily put me in the nuthouse!
  4. I can see how it works- some of the radio stations in the UK are so heavily playlisted eg. Capital Radio, Virgin Radio, XFM (London's alternative station, but owned by Capital(ist) Radio) that listening to them every day is pretty soul-destroying.

    XFM's playlisting has the effect of making songs you actually liked the first couple of times you heard them soon trigger feelings of revulsion, and the conditioned response of reaching for the radio control to switch to anything else.
  5. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Oh, yes indeed. Viva la Mariarchi!! ... :rolleyes: ;)

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