The Black Cat team creates a playlist for the NSA


(Photo by Craig Hudson/For The Washington Post)

In a speech last week President Obama called for big changes to the National Security Agency’s surveillance program which, among other things, collects millions of Americans phone records. But your Snapchats and late night sexts aren’t safe just yet. It will take months (or more) to remove the data from government hands. So in the spirit of privacy and paranoia we asked Dante Ferrando, owner of local music venue the Black Cat, and his team to score your civil liberties.

1. Nirvana “Territorial Pissings”
“Nirvana grabbed a Joseph Heller quote from Catch-22 for the chorus of this song. ‘Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.’ Definitely apt in this day and age.”

2. Salt-n-Pepa “None of Your Business”
“One of the best songs about sexual freedom ever written. Also fun to dance to!”

3. Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”
“Apparently no one was really ‘watching’ Rockwell because it was his only hit. Womp.”

4. Geto Boys “G Code” (excluded from Spotify playlist due to explicit language) 
“I mean, the lyrics say it all. People who snitch need to get this song.”

5. David Bowie “Big Brother”
“The song is based on George Orwell’s novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four.’”

6. Dead Kennedys “Stealing People’s Mail”
“A song about the ultimate invasion — stealing mail right out of the mailbox. Sounds eerily familiar…”

7. Immortal Technique “The Cause of Death”  (excluded from Spotify playlist due to explicit language) 
“The Illuminati is watching you all the time. Just like Santa.”

8. The Police “Every Breath You Take”
“‘Every breath you take. Every move you make. Every bond you break. Every step you take. I’ll be watching you.’ What’s creepier: Sting stalking you or the government?”

9. MIA “The Message”
“A song about spying on citizens through the Internet. Basically, Google.”

 

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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