An article about musicians protesting the use of their tunes to torture prisoners begins with “March Of The Pigs” “blaring from a speaker behind a metal grate” at the U.S. Military detention center in Iraq where it “hit Prisoner No. 200343 like a sonic bludgeon.” This would reportedly continue for “days, then weeks, then months.” The prisoner, Chicago military contractor Donald Vance, told the AP it made him suicidal. In his case it was NIN and Queen, but the military’s also used AC/DC, Pantera, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and even music from Sesame Street (clearly Tarantino fans). Unless your name is Ted Nugent, the musicians whose work is being used as a torturing device would be outraged, right? A number of folks (Massive Attack, Tom Morello, etc.) have banded together to start the Zero dB project, which in part, includes instituting moments of silence at shows in protest of the tactics. But, hey, turns out some musicians are proud when their tunes break someone’s will to live. Take for instance, Steve Benton of Drowning Pool, whose “Bodies” is an interrogation favorite.
Via Associated Press:
“People assume we should be offended that somebody in the military thinks our song is annoying enough that played over and over it can psychologically break someone down. I take it as an honor to think that perhaps our song could be used to quell another 9/11 attack or something like that.”
Over at www.nin.com, Trent Reznor is much less of a douche in yesterday’s blog post:
It’s difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you’ve put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture. If there are any legal options that can be realistically taken they will be aggressively pursued, with any potential monetary gains donated to human rights charities. Thank God this country has appeared to side with reason and we can put the Bush administration’s reign of power, greed, lawlessness and madness behind us.
You can get more info about the the Zero dB project at their site. You can continue not listening to the Drowning Pool.