Osama Bin Laden has been criticised by music industry executives after a collection of cassettes he left in Afghanistan showed that he illegally recorded the top 40 from the radio almost every week.
Over 1,500 cassettes we recovered, with over 2,000 hours of songs from the charts from the mid-80s to the late 1990s.
Many of the tapes had sellotape over the recording tabs, suggesting the tapes might have been used many times over, and that much of the music recorded by Bin Laden could be lost forever.
A spokesperson who catalogued the find, told us, “Bin Laden clearly spent a lot of time and effort putting this collection together, almost completely editing out DJs such Simon Bates, Bruno Brookes and Mike Goodier.”
“There’s a few clips of them from when they would annoyingly talk right up to the first lyric, but mostly Osama’s editing removed them completely.”
“His taste was quite eclectic, but we’ve not heard anything on the tapes by Queen or Wham, so he must have had something against them.”
“I’ve no idea what.”
Music industry officials, “We always knew Bin Laden was a bit of a bad egg, but finding out he used to record copyright music has put is right off him.”
“I hope that knowing he was nothing more than a common music pirate will make sure people don’t remember him too fondly.”