May 20, 2003

Cruel and Unusual?

Concerning the discussion of what sort of music to "break" Iraqi POWs, I think that we shouldn't try soppy pop music that makes the normal red-blooded American sick to his or her stomach. In my admittedly limited experience (one trip to Europe, watching those European music awards shows on cable teevee, going to Vietnamese restaurants here in Orlando, seeing those endless commercials for the inexplicably beloved Nana Moskouri's "hit songs" collections) the Whole Rest of the World has a bottomless appetite for soppy pop music (such as the songs in this list, especially ones like "Sometimes When We Touch.") I'd try some Death Metal instead -- maybe some Cannibal Corpse or Malevolent Creation. Yes, those are real bands.

I forgot to add: the year I went to Europe (1981) there was no excape in any country I went to from ABBA's "Fernando" (the last on Iowahawk's list). Everywhere we went that song was playing on some loudspeaker system somewhere. Even Scotland.

Posted by Andrea Harris at May 20, 2003 10:43 AM

Hey, what's wrong with Cannibal Corpse?

Posted by: michele at May 20, 2003 at 11:15 AM

Not a darn thing.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 20, 2003 at 11:54 AM

Okay, but for the high ranking officials directly responsible for atrocities...

"Afternoon Delight"


Posted by: Ken Summers at May 20, 2003 at 07:11 PM

Christmas carols for a month, especially the most saccharine ones. Look what it does to us every year, drives us stark, raving mad.

Posted by: Michael Lonie at May 20, 2003 at 11:01 PM

I'm thinking the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, over and over and over. Or just an endless loop of that "no one gets too much heaven no more" song. It'll have them begging and pleading to be good boys from now on.

Followed up by Barbra Streisand's duo with one of the Gibb brothers, which my brain has finally cleansed from every last synapse. I ain't gonna look it up for you, because it'll come back to haunt me.

Posted by: David Perron at May 22, 2003 at 08:45 AM