Musical Torture

If you were experiencing a heightened interrogation at the hands of the U.S. Armed forces, what obscenely loud music would they use to torture you?

It is an eclectic assemblage of tunes ranging from AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells,” a heavy-metal ditty that sounds as though it had been recorded by an orchestra of buzzsaws, to such seemingly innocuous fare as Don McLean’s “American Pie” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” To be sure, most of the records cited by Reprieve have one thing in common: They’re ear-burstingly loud. But the presence on the list of “I Love You,” the chirpy theme song of “Barney & Friends,” a longtime staple of children’s programming on PBS, suggests that the successful use of music as a tool of coercion entails more than mere volume.

Barney would porbably break me in ten minutes. Thanks to Dad for finding this cool article where i don’t usually tred –  in the print version of the Wall Street Journal.

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