Evil Needs Playlists, Too

What bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, Mugabe rock out to
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Evil Needs Playlists, Too
Osama bin Laden sings along to the B-52s while hiding from their airborne namesakes.   (Al Jazeera, File)

(Newser) – When they’re not plotting to kill you or thousands of others, the world’s most evil men like to kick back with some tunes, too. The Guardian gives us an idea of what’s on their playlists:

  • Osama bin Laden: The al-Qaeda chief has the perfect soundtrack for hiding in caves from US B-52 bombers—the B-52s. One woman who claims she was his sex slave describes “this devout party boy who wanted to hear Van Halen or some B-52s. To this day, I would hear the song Rock Lobster in my sleep.”

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  • Moammar Gadhafi: The Libyan strongman grooves out, and brushes up on his English, with Lionel Richie.
  • Robert Mugabe: Known for “his hot-headed tyranny and raving anti-colonial bombast,” Zimbabwe’s president chills out with British singer-songwriter Cliff Richard.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: After a long day of ordering members of the opposition Green movement beaten, nothing soothes Iran’s leader like Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red.
For more, including North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il, click the link at right. (Read more music stories.)

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