11 Popular Songs the CIA Used

You know how much I like lists. I thought this list was pretty interesting.

11 Popular Songs the CIA Used to Torture Prisoners in the War on Terror

By Tom Barnes

Imagine you are chained with your hands between your legs, crouching. You’re isolated in a small, dark room with earphones you can’t take off. Queen’s “We Are the Champions” has been playing on repeat for 30 hours now at full volume, and you’ve lost your ability to think. It could go on for months.

Music torture has been common practice for the CIA ever since it began its “enhanced interrogation program” in the early 2000s. The process is designed to “create fear, disorient … and prolong capture shock” in prisoners.

Sgt. Mark Hadsell, a member of the U.S. Psychological Operations team, described the efficacy of the tactic: “If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.” 

Any torture method is of debatable merit — music torture was, in part, popular because it seemed more palatable to the public. But to hear about the experience of people who’ve been subjected to these songs is to see just how terrible it is to have a beloved song turned against you.

Here are 11 songs that have been turned into torture devices.

1. “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

2. “Take Your Best Shot” by Dope

3. “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera

4. “Zikrayati (My Memories)” by Mohamed el-Qasabgi

5. “Babylon” by David Grey

6. “I Love You” by The Barney Theme

7. “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees

8. The Meow Mix theme

9. “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson

10. “F*%k Your God” by Deicide

11. “We Are the Champions” by Queen

There are several songs listed above that would push me over the edge.

The 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs

I saw this article and I had to share it.

My favorite is #2.


Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs

By Andy Greene
January 21, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Had Elvis Presley lived, he would have turned 80 years old this month. It’s hard to imagine Elvis doing concerts in 2015, but Leonard Cohen is a few months older and manages to do three-and-a-half hours without breaking a sweat. Hell, Chuck Berry is 88 and still at it. If Elvis had managed to lose the weight and get healthy, there’s no reason why he couldn’t still be shaking his hips onstage. Sadly, that’s not the way his life worked out. But he’s still the king of rock & roll, and to celebrate his birthday we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Presley song. Here are the results.

10. “Mystery Train”

Just months before Sam Phillips and Colonel Tom Parker sold Presley’s contract to RCA for $40,000, Elvis went back into Sun Studios and cut this cover of a 1953 Junior Parker song. Backed by guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer Johnny Bernero, Presley quickened Park’s original bluesy version. The new take peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Country Chart, but a few months later RCA would release “Heartbreak Hotel” and completely eclipse everything that Presley released before. Still, “Mystery Train” endures as one of Elvis’ most beloved songs.

9. “Kentucky Rain”

Elvis began the 1970s on very strong footing when he released Eddie Rabbit and Dick Heard’s mournful “Kentucky Rain” as a single in January of 1970. The song hit Number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than a million copies, though it only stayed in his live show for a few weeks.

8. “An American Trilogy”

The Civil War was over 100 years in the past when Elvis began singing “An American Trilogy” in 1972, but the scars still ran deep throughout America. The song was the work of Nashville pro Mickey Newbury, who tried to unite the two sides of the country together by combining “Dixie,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “All My Trials” into a grand patriotic medley. Somehow he pulled it off in a mere four-and-a-half minutes, and the resulting tune became a highlight of Presley’s concerts during the last five years of his life.

7. “Heartbreak Hotel”

Many Americans first learned of Elvis Presley when “Heartbreak Hotel” came across their radios in early 1956. Presley’s previous success was mostly regional, but with the help of his new label RCA, he recorded a song that would stay on top of the Hot 100 for seven straight weeks. It even got him invited onto TV, kicking off a nationwide Elvis hysteria that, in many ways, has yet to die down.

6. “Love Me Tender”

Few entertainers have ever had a year like Elvis Presley’s 1956. Single after single flew up the charts, massive crowds of screaming girls followed him wherever he went and parents became convinced he was corrupting the young. His final Number One of the year was “Love Me Tender,” a ballad written by Ken Darby. He played the song on The Ed Sullivan Show shortly before a movie of the same name hit theaters.

5. “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Fans at the final Elvis concerts knew the opening notes of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” meant it was time to get ready to go. The dreamy song, which was written for his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii, ended every single one of his post-comeback shows. The sweet ode to true love was the perfect way to wrap up the evening. It has since been covered by everybody from Bob Dylan to U2 to UB40, who turned it into a huge hit in 1993.

4. “Jailhouse Rock”

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote “Jailhouse Rock” specifically for Elvis Presley’s 1957 movie of the same name. It’s unclear if Elvis realized exactly what they meant by lines like “You’re the cutest jailbird I ever did see/I sure would be delighted with your company,” but the suggestion of inter-inmate romance also flew by most listeners and the song ended up knocking “Wake Up Little Susie” off the top of the charts.

3. “In the Ghetto”

Elvis spent much of the 1960s churning out cheesy B-movies and lifeless soundtracks while new acts like the Beatles and Bob Dylan made him seem like a relic. His brilliant 1968 comeback special shot him back to the forefront, and he took his newfound energy into the studio to cut “In the Ghetto.” It’s a song about the vicious cycle of poverty and despair in America’s inner-cities, and it eventually hit Number Three, cementing the fact that Elvis was back.
2. “If I Can Dream”

Just two months after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Elvis Presley stepped into the Western Recorders studio and laid down this moving tribute to the civil rights hero. It was the stirring climax to his 1968 comeback special, and he belted it out with incredible passion. The song rose to Number 12 on the Hot 100, and today many see it as one of the greatest vocal performances of his career.

1. “Suspicious Minds”

Elvis was just two years into his marriage with Priscilla when he recorded “Suspicious Minds,” but things were already falling apart. It’s clear he poured some of that disappointment, particularly over his own failings as a husband, into the song. Written by Mark James, it became his first Number One hit in seven years and was a regular highlight of his live show.


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I Smell Cake*… Here we go again

Stuart Scott
(July 19, 1965 – January 4, 2015)


A longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49.

Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man — from his signature “Boo-Yah!” to “As cool as the other side of the pillow” to “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.” (From ESPN.com)

Rod Taylor
(January 11, 1930 – January 7, 2015)


Legendary actor Rod Taylor died of natural causes Wednesday, his rep tells PEOPLE. He was 84. 

The Australia-born movie star appeared in more than 50 Hollywood films throughout his career, from The Time Machine and The Train Robbers to The Catered Affair. More recently, he voiced Pongo in Disney’s family-favorite101 Dalmatians and played Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds.  (From People magazine)

Andraé Crouch
(July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015)


He was 72, a gospel musician who bridged the worlds of church and mainstream music for more than 50 years, died Thursday.

2015 is starting off as a rough year for the stars and entertainers that we gave grown up with.

*“My Cake” is the sixth episode of Scrubs’ fourth season. J.D.‘s father dies and he and his brother Danhave to cope with it.

“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

I Smell Cake* – 2015

I have been a believer that famous people/celebrities die in three’s. Well, we have started 2015 with three famous people/celebrities in their own rights who have past away.

January 1
Mario Cuomo

(June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 52nd Governor of New York for three terms, from 1983 to 1994, Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1979 to 1982; and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978.
From Wikipedia.com


There are certain politicians that I remember and Mario Cuomo was one of them. There was something about him that made you want to listen to him. When they were walking about him in the morning shows, they showed clips of his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. I might have to see if that is on YouTube so I can watch it again.

January 2
Donna Douglas

(September 26, 1933 – January 1, 2015) was an American actress, best known for her role as Elly May Clampett in the CBS series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971).
From Wikipedia.com


I watched “The Beverly Hillbillies” when I was growing up. I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of the show, but I watched them. Ellie Mae was fun to watch. I think every little girl wanted to be just like her.

“Little” Jimmy Dickens

(December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4’11”, and his rhinestone-studded outfits. He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.
From Wikipedia.com


I remember when I was growing up in Flint, Michigan,  we would go see The Grand Old Opry concert at the I.M.A. – Downtown. He was a try entertainer and I can see why he was liked by so many.

You will be remembered for enlighting and entertaining us.

*“My Cake” is the sixth episode of Scrubs’ fourth season. J.D.‘s father dies and he and his brother Danhave to cope with it.

“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

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Two Months

“…So play it sweet in heaven, Cause that’s right where you want to be, I’m not cryin’ cause I feel so sorry for you, I am cryin’ for me…”

“Cryin for Me” (Wayman’s Song)
by Toby Keith

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since my brother, Joe died.

Sometimes it feels like it just happened yesterday and then there are other time it seem like a dream.

There are times of the day where I think about anything and it makes me sad that he’s not here anymore. But today when I was driving home, I thought of a funny story about checking the mail.

We were both in the truck and we tried to pull up to the mailbox to check the mail. Well before I knew it we got to close in the mailbox fell off the post and started rolling around in the ditch. We both just looked at each other and started laughing that was one of the funniest things that we have ever done together.

So when I was pulling into the driveway, I got close to the mailbox and I thought of him and I had a laugh out loud.

I suppose over time I would have more memories like that and think of happy times with them. But right now I just miss my brother I wish you was here with us.

So Joe, just know that I miss you, even how you would push my buttons and try my last nerve. Give mom a hug and a kiss from me. I know you two are together, pain-free and watching over us.


Here is a picture I found on Joe’s cell phone. A shadow selfie.

Paul McCartney in Concert

There are only a few artists that I would pay top dollar to see in concert. Elvis Presley is one of them and the other would be Paul McCartney.

Rock icon Sir Paul McCartney performs at the Tobin Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Rock icon Sir Paul McCartney performs at the Tobin Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Well on October 1, 2014, I got to see Paul McCartney with 1,750 other fans at the Tobin Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Here is the article of the once in a lifetime concert.

Paul McCartney quotes Shakespeare and sings at special San Antonio benefit show

October 2, 2014 1:18 PM MST       

Paul McCartney, who usually performs at huge stadiums, sang to only an estimated 1,750 fans on Oct. 1 at a benefit for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. And Angie Martindale told Beatles Examiner it was a unique experience.

“The evening with Paul McCartney at the newly opened Tobin Theatre in San Antonio was a very special night. Having only seen Paul in large arenas and ballpark settings, the intimate setting was a thrill,” she told us. “The Tobin is an opera house style building, and Paul was very impressed by it. He felt inspired enough to quote Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ for a bit of fun,” she said.

“The acoustics in the building were phenomenal. His voice was strong and clear, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Yesterday’ were never so sweet as his voice filled the hall. Those around me who hadn’t seen Paul before said he still sounds the same as 50 years ago, which is true,” she said.

Mike Webber also felt the show was very unique. “This was a show unlike any other McCartney concert I’ve been to. The actual performing area of that stage was only 40 to 50′ wide and maybe 15 to 20′ deep, so the set up was tight and that seemed a good thing. It was the most efficient Macca show I’ve ever seen. Need a guitar, it’s already here. Walk to the piano, it’s like seven steps. The pacing was something to behold & it seemed to spill over with less of the predictable stage patter.

“That was fine by me, as Macca’s between-songs patter seemed far more intimate and local. You know about the references to being in a theater and Shakespeare. He also took a book that a local had written and given to him, then read a bit of it to himself. For those (like me) who cringe a little at fake spontaneity, I didn’t miss the script at all.

“Another facet of that staging was that there was nowhere to go off stage so the magic piano was still visible when it had been rolled off stage but more importantly, so were the band. I could see Rusty and Brian watching Paul perform ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Yesterday,’ something one doesn’t usually get from the audience. It’s such a small hall, too, that when Paul dedicated ‘My Valentine’ to Nancy, an audience member on the floor could, in fact, look up and see Nancy and then turn their head and see Paul and yeah, they could see each other.

“There were the backdrop screens for the canned video projections but none for the live shots which was fine – they weren’t needed. I occasionally find myself watching those screens too much and remind myself to be in the moment and watch the performer on the stage, so again I didn’t miss the live screens at all. Anybody in the hall was close enough to see his actual facial expressions.”

Alan Weinkrantz of the Rivard Report agreed that the acoustics were quite superb. “Seated in the upper balcony, I could hear the unique tone and resonance of the acoustic guitars that Paul, Brian and Rusty played. During ‘And I Love Her,’ you could not only hear the distinct fingering of the guitars, you could hear drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing the bongos, just as if Ringo were sitting right in front of you during the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ movie.”

Martindale said the attendees got a little gift from McCartney. “All who attended received a beautiful souvenir tour book,” she said. “Paul’s music spreads a spirit of peace and love that touched all who attended. I was thankful to be able to attend this very special concert.”

And the Tobin Center will be the site of another Beatles show next week. Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band will be playing there Oct. 7.

Here’s the full set list, a little shorter than his stadium shows, as reported to Beatles Examiner by McCartney’s press office: “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us,” “All My Loving,” Let Me Roll It”/”Foxey Lady,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Another Day,” “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” NEW,” Lady Madonna,” “All Together Now,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Something,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Band on the Run,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude.” Encore 1: “Day Tripper,” “Get Back.” Encore 2: “Yesterday,” Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.

From AXS Entertainment Arts & Entertainment Music

Here are some of the pictures I took at the concert.

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My view from the balcony seats… Not too bad of a view.





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Yup, Sir Paul with a Flag of Texas!

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These were my favorite songs from the night:

The Long and Winding Road” (One of my favorites.)

“Lady Madonna”

“Band on the Run”

Maybe I’m Amazed



Hey Jude

Day Tripper


Get Back” (This song brought a tear to my eye, it was one of my brother, Joe’s favoirtes.)

Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

Live and Let Die” (This song was the best — fire, smoke, loud music.)

All I can say, is that I am glad I deceided to spent the money a ticket to this concert. Like I said before, it was a one in a lifetime opportunity to see Paul McCartney with 1.750 other fans!



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