The U.S. Military Tortured People with Skinny Puppy. Now, the Band Wants Compensation…

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It’s well-known that the United States military uses metal music (among other genres) to torture people.  But not everyone has a problem with that: Metallica, for example, has objected to the use of their music, but the “Christian metal” band Demon Hunter pretty much begged the military to use their music.

Canadian band Skinny Puppy now says their music was also used by the U.S. as a torture device.  The band didn’t approve, but they didn’t ask the military to shut it down.

Read what Skinny Puppy’s founder cEvin Key had to say about the torture in an interview with the Phoenix New Times:

“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people… We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions.  So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the U.S. government for musical services.

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Image by kallepa, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

7 Responses

  1. Me

    How do they know the U.S. military doesn’t have blanket licenses with their PRO?

    • Faza (TCM)

      To the best of my knowledge, “torture” isn’t a valid title under any license issued by any PRO, so it’s unlikely.

        • Me

          Katy Perry currently has the #1 song on iTunes. I think they’ve already adapted to torture as a revenue stream.

  2. Danwriter

    If they can figure out a way to incorporate semitones into this stuff there may be some interesting new music coming out of the Middle East in the near future, assuming they ever close Gitmo down.

  3. Willis

    For the music that Skinny Puppy unleashed on the general population, they should just hush.

  4. The Voice of Reason

    If you want to torture the terrorists, play “Mr Crowley” by Idiot Osbourne in an endless loop, they’ll confess to anything then…