The 51-day stand-off ended with 80 dead. Throughout the siege, families were subjected to a cacophonic barrage equivalent to 110 decibels – a jet taking off. Conceptual artist Rod Dickinson recreates this sound using archive from Waco, circling helicopters, crying babies, screaming rabbits, Tibetan chanting, and phone taps of cult leader David Koresh speaking to FBI negotiators. Dickinson says the work is intended to give a better understanding of the way modern war is conducted. In this case, the US army used a recording of Nancy Sinatra singing “These Boots Are Made for Walking” as a deadly weapon.
In 1989, when General Noriega was subjected to a similar sound barrage, the favored hell music included Rick Astley, a big-haired 80s performer, and veteran Satanists Judas Priest (whose singer once famously made a stage entrance on a revving motorbike, only to veer offstage and crash into the audience).
If you’re in London tonight, go! It’ll be a blast!
Man Turns Himself into Giant Firework As reported in London’s Evening Standard yesterday, a loud bang was heard from a suburban flat at 2am on Tuesday night. Police investigating the explosion found that the man inside – as yet unidentified – had wired himself to a huge home-made firework-type device, and then set himself off.
It’s certainly a novel way to go, and one could say it shows a certain sense of humor. Alas, he hadn’t made the logical leap to inviting friends and neighbours round, perhaps cooking a few sausages on the barbecue, burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire (we have strange pyromaniac traditions in Britain). At least you could say that his one-man party went off – yes, it has to be said – with a bang.