We’re actually surprised it took this long before some enterprising musician made a song out of the recently released Bush administration torture memos. But we appreciate this twee pop version, performed in utter seriousness, from folk-rock artist Jonathan Mann. The words helpfully scrolling along the bottom are a necessary flourish that really ties the whole thing together. Even though we knew a musical version of the memos would eventually come about, we really imagined a dance remix. You know, with guitar slaps and thunder sound effects, with RuPaul sing-reading phrases like “suffering as a distinct concept” and “the abdominal slap” over a Junior Vasquez beat. Yeah. Can someone make that version, too? We feel like that would really get Dick Cheney’s goat.
Jonathan Mann: Torture Memos [YouTube]