Remember the “torture” scene from Billy Wilder‘s One, Two, Three? East German security guys forcing Horst Buccholz‘s “Otto” to listen over and over to Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini“, and Otto being so unable to stand it that he screams and pleads and is willing to sign any confession they put in front of him? An hour ago I was waiting to speak with Apple tech support (i.e., trying to authorize iTunes access for my 15-inch Macbook Pro). While I waited Apple was playing one of the most genuinely horrible glam-pop songs I’ve ever suffered through. Here’s a recording of what I was listening to. If and when authoritarian brutes ever want to break my spirit, all they’ll have to do is play this over and over and I will become putty in their hands.