The Manuel Norriega playlist, just ’cause

In 1989 tensions between Panamanians and United States troops stationed near the canal (along with years of political animosity) led to war in Panama.  At the end of this conflict, Panamanian leader Manuel Norriega sought refuge in the Vatican Embassy in Panama.  Since attacking the Embassy would have constituted an act of war against the Vatican (which would have been in poor taste), U.S. forces flushed Noriega out by setting up loudspeakers to blast music from an armed forces radio station at the embassy.

As it turns out, SouthCom Network radio made a list of song’s requested for a military report, and said report is now available here (check pages 4-6).

It’s a pretty rad playlist, actually.  Let’s take a look.

The funny:
No Particular Place to Go (Chuck Berry)
Panama (Van Halen)
In My Time of Dying (Zeppelin)
I Fought the Law and the Law Won (The Clash)
Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult)

The Awesome:
Don’t Look Back (Boston)
Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)
Another Thing Comin’ (Judas Priest)
Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden)
Voodoo Child (Hendrix)

The oh so 80’s:
Renegade (Styx)
We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
This Means War (Joan Jett)
Heaven’s on Fire (Kiss)

The Mildly Inexplicable:
Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
Change (Tears for Fears)

The Reason Norriega Finally Gave Up (presumably):
Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)

On a more serious note, the U.S. Military still uses music as a weapon in interrogations.  There is currently a freedom of information request to get the Gitmo playlist.  As it turns out some musicians don’t want their music being used to torture people (or maybe they just don’t like to think their music is torturous).  Also the government owes royalties for whatever music they’ve used.

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