Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction?

In a news item reminiscent of the one in this older post, we are told today by the AP that “Mall wants to use Manilow music to drive out unruly teens.”  The New Zealand officials are hoping that the music of Barry Manilow will help make the environment relatively “unhip” for the thuggish teens who have been hanging around the central mall district where they “regularly spread rubbish, spray graffiti, get intoxicated, use drugs, swear and intimidate patrons…”

Wow.  Using Manilow to punish criminals and chase away hoodlums.  Barry is turning into a regular crime-fighter.

(I note that the Bible does foretell in Isaiah 3:12 about a time when children will be our oppressors, though I haven’t found any mention of Mandy in prophecy.  At least not yet…)

I hope it doesn’t backfire on them.  You don’t want a bunch of unruly teenagers to turn all Copacabana on you.

6 thoughts on “Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction?

  1. Norbert

    I can see where they got that idea from. Ever since I can remember an unspoken rule numerous people use, when entertaining guests that did not notice the appropiate time to leave. Rather than initially ask them to, the first move is to start playing music you know they will not be fond of.

    It’s fairly successful. Either the folks take the subtle hint or they actually do leave because of it.

  2. Right, Richard. That was sorta the point of my joke at the end. (Of course, if I have to explain the joke, clearly I, uh, didn’t do a very good job at it…) Though, it is a little hard to call a song unruly that includes a line like “Have a banana” in it.

    The only songs mentioned by name by the article (if I recall) are “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile.” I suspect they will be pulling from the Mellow Manilow songs as opposed to the Boisterous Barry songs. Though, maybe if they use something like “Bandstand Boogie” all the young ruffians will start dancing like a scene from Fame. Would that be an improvement over graffiti and public drunkenness?

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