Singer David Gray is not pleased that his music has been used to abuse detainees in American custody. From the BBC:

Gray’s warning on ‘torture’ music
Singer David Gray has warned that US interrogators playing loud music as a form of “torture” – including his own song Babylon – was no laughing matter.

“Only the novelty aspect of this story gets it noticed… Guantanamo greatest hits,” he said.

“What we’re talking about here is people in a darkened room, physically inhibited by handcuffs, bags over their heads and music blaring at them.”

His track Babylon is reportedly a favourite of US interrogators in Iraq.

Repeatedly playing loud music to suspected terrorist detainees is also a standard interrogation technique in Guantanamo and other US bases.

“That is torture,” the singer-songwriter told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight.

“That is nothing but torture.

“It doesn’t matter what the music is – it could be Tchaikovsky’s finest or it could be Barney the Dinosaur.

“It really doesn’t matter, it’s going to drive you completely nuts.”

He said such torture formed part of a US “retaliation to a few terrorist acts”.

“No-one wants to even think about it or discuss the fact that we’ve gone above and beyond all legal process and we’re torturing people,” he added.

Babylon – from his White Ladder album – was Gray’s breakthrough single, reaching number five in the UK in 2000.

White Ladder reached number one in the UK and number 35 in the US.


Published on July 7, 2008


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