City councillors in Rockdale, Australia just passed legislation that allows them to pump the music of Barry Manilow through speakers in their town to keep hooligan kids from loitering and revving their car engines in neighbourhood parking lots.
—Jeffrey Hawkins, "He writes the songs that hooligans are said to hate: Manilow method," National Post, June 15, 2006
Ian Welch, the region's anti-social behaviour coordinator, is currently taking advice from the Local Government Association (LGA), about dispersing youths from public places by playing music unbearable to their ears.
The LGA is asking councils like North Lincolnshire to embark on pilot projects for an Australian system, known as the 'Manilow Method'.
—'Manilow method' could help disperse yobs," Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, June 23, 2006
—Marie Woolf, "Cliff vs the Asbo kids," Independent on Sunday, June 11, 2006