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Chili Peppers sickened by torture tracks

This is the moment Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith discovered his band's music had been used as a torture device by the US Government.

A 6000-page dossier last week revealed some of the methods used by the CIA to intimidate prisoners in the legally dubious Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

It was reported that one suspect who’d been detained without trial was forced to listen to a Chilis track on repeat while held at a “black site” prison outside the camp, as part of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” procedures.

Smith heard the news via a TMZ reporter in a car park. Asked if he approved he said: “Of course not – our music’s positive, man. It’s supposed to make people happy. It’s very upsetting to me. I don’t like that at all. It’s bullshit.”

The specific track used against the alleged enemy of the US was not named, but Smith said sarcastically: “A song like Under The Bridge really loud on a loop is torture? Come on, man.”

He went on: “Maybe some people think our music’s annoying – I don’t care. But that’s a poor use. They shouldn’t do that. I just ate and I want to throw up.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.