The Guardian got its hands on a cache of violent Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad's emails from last year, and the upshot, so far, is that the guy bought a bunch of songs on iTunes. We made a Spotify playlist of them.

That's right: Barbara Walters' favorite sociopath is, when not ordering his soldiers to commit wholesale slaughter of civilians, just cold chillin' on iTunes ordering Right Said Fred songs:

Just before Christmas Assad underlined his leftfield tastes when he ordered Don't Talk Just Kiss by Right Said Fred, a band that shot to fame with the hit I'm Too Sexy. Days earlier he highlighted his interest in UK pop music, this time with a slightly more credible choice, purchasing Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order. In the same month he ordered We Can't Go Wrong by The Cover Girls, a New-York-based "urban girl group" of the 1980s and early 1990s. [...] As the conflict in Syria intensified Assad continued to add to his eclectic playlist, ordering Hurt by Leona Lewis, Look at Me Now by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes and – on New Year's Eve – A Tribute to Cliff Richard by 21st Century Christmas.

In January he bought a number of songs by the popular US dance group LMFAO including their hit Sexy and I Know It.

Who knew that the soundtrack of murderous despotism was... Blake Shelton and Cliff Richards tribute acts? Anyway, fire up Spotify and click below if you want to know what pure evil sounds like.

Click here for the Bashar al-Assad Spotify playlist.

[Guardian; images via AP]