It was no great surprise to hear which song the CIA allegedly uses to browbeat and interrogate its captured terror prisoners.
The track chosen to force guilty pleas and elicit information will be unpleasantly familiar to most of us.
It was none other than the soppy and painful Westlife ballad My Love.
Its chorus goes thus: “So I say a little prayer, and hope my dreams will take me there, where the skies are blue to see you once again, my love.”
Imagine having this piped into your prison cell at deafening levels continuously for days on end.
It must have left even the most battle-hardened terrorist or fundamentalist begging for mercy – and possibly requesting some Boyzone for a change.
The American Civil Liberties Union report claims the track formed part of torture techniques aiming to break Suleiman Abdullah, a Tanzanian captured by the CIA.
“His interrogators would intersperse a syrupy song with heavy metal, played on repeat at ear-splitting volume,” explains the report.
I can only speculate that the heavy metal interlude felt like some light relief for the person concerned.
And apparently it’s not the first music which has been used in torture. Back in 2005, a Human Rights Watch report claimed Eminem and Dr Dre tracks were used at Guantánamo Bay.
But which song would you use to break down a prisoner?
Perhaps Aqua’s Barbie Girl played on a loop would leave a terrorist ready to admit anything?
Or maybe Robson & Jerome’s Unchained Melody as an alarm call would do the trick? Peter Andre’s Insania might also be an effective way to gain vital information about ISIS or Al-Qaeda.
My personal choice would be the dreadful Eiffel 65 tune I’m Blue, from 1999. If you’ve never had the pleasure look it up – you’ll see what I mean...