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Manilow Ballads Ward Off Unruly Kiwi Kids

Christchurch city officials hope that playing songs like "Mandy" and "I Can't Smile Without You" will keep loitering teens away from its shopping district. These brats now "spread rubbish, spray graffiti, get intoxicated, use drugs, swear and intimidate patrons at the outdoor mall." I wonder if the city knew that Barry Manilow's music was considered "excessive force" by the FBI in the Branch Davidian showdown years ago with cult leader David Koresh. Either way, they have a tougher challenge it seems. "We would just bring a stereo and play it louder," said one teen miscreant. I have some advice: Play Train or Creed. That'll make 'em skidaddle. Click here to read more about these punkasses.

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