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Sonic Warfare #4: Achy Breaky Heart

“In 1990 former CIA employee, Manuel Noriega, barricaded himself in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City.  For 10 days the Army bombarded him with pop music, loud hits, message songs such as Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘You’re no Good’ by Linda Ronstadt.  In 1991 heavy metal by such bands as Metallica was employed to harrass the Iraqui troops into surrendering during the Iraqui Crisis.  During the siege at Waco, Texas, ATF agents employed sounds such as Tibetan chants (deep unsettling growls) to unnerve the Branch Davidians.  Other songs employed were Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots were made for Walkin’’.”

Plantenga, Radio and Aural Destabilization, 2001, page 4

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