How heavy metal and Satan gave us this sticker

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Heavy metal and Satan played a role in the introduction of the explicit lyrics sticker.Become a Video Lab member! explicit lyrics sticker is one of the most recognizable images in American music. Its placement on an album cover signifies you’re going to hear something for adult ears only, and it’s an image we often take for granted. The story behind how we got that sticker is bonkers, to say the least. The very public discussion around the advisory label involved the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a group led by the wives of Washington politicians and a few musicians including Frank Zappa, Dee Snider, and John Denver.While the PMRC’s involvement was allegedly sparked by some raunchy lyrics from Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain, the debate over rock lyrics had been infiltrating American culture and politics for a decade. The driving force behind that debate was the rise of heavy metal, a genre that saw explosive popularity with the launch of MTV in 1981, and the growing influence of the religious right, who saw rock music as a powerful threat to Christianity. Follow Vox Earworm on Facebook for more: be sure to check out Earworm's complete first season here: songs don't just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.A number of sources went into the research of this piece including Eric Nuzum’s bookParental Advisory: Music Censorship in America The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.Previous headline: The devilish history of the explicit lyrics is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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     2 months ago

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  • The ledgend 27

     2 months ago

    And we're the sensitive generation, mkay.

  • MaximilianMus

     2 days ago

    Economic Freedom world average 1985: 46%Economic Freedom world average 1995: 55%Economic Freedom world average 2019: 60%We are improving.

  • The ledgend 27

     4 days ago

    @Valery Nicolle Lemus Sandoval lol a lot of people say that but ok

  • JustSimple A.H

     2 months ago

    kid: happy, screaming, crying, dancing parents: look at him.. possessed smh

  • Lauri Saarinen

     1 months ago

    And then they're acting the exact same way in church because... god??? 😂

  • spleefman360

     1 months ago

    @JustSimple A.H r/wooooshAlthough i kinda agree with your statement

  • Nate Cook

     2 months ago

    When I was 13 that sticker just made me want the album even more

  • Ricardo Siahaan

     23 days ago

    YES and My Mom doesn't even cared because she can understand English that good..

  • s1b

     24 days ago

    Up till today I thought the sticker was an optional thing and mainly a marketing sceme to tell others that this album is gonna be good.

  • Arttective

     2 months ago

    They went from "I want to see the manager" to "I want to see the government"

  • Your sister from another mister

     19 days ago

    Ultimate Karen squad

  • Tyler Bankwood

     23 days ago

    @Sour Blueberry karenvolution

  • Chin Chin

     2 months ago

    Leave it to a bunch of Karens to ruin the fun

  • jacky zhu

     13 days ago

    So many dumb religious people.

  • Amelie Xoxo

     2 months ago

    And that kids, is why we now have kidz bop 🙃

  • Your sister from another mister

     19 days ago

    They’re on kidz bop album like 57

  • National educational television N E T

     27 days ago

    What if we were to play kidz bop backwards 🤔🤔🤔

  • CurtisAlfeld

     2 months ago

    The problem with these stickers, R-ratings, Mature ratings, etc., is that they make it easier for young kids to decide what they want. Every time I was told "no, you're too young for that" I just wanted it more.

  • Tod Davies

     3 days ago

    @Erin lastname q

  • Kitty Kendrick

     1 months ago

    Exactly. Kids do what they want. If they I know they can't have candy, for example, then they want it even more.

  • You Can't Kill Metal

     1 months ago

    *a guy reversed a rock record**record plays gibberish*Christians: It’s a satanic message!..

  • Interesting Person

     13 days ago

    I'm Christian and I think these claims are hilarious!😂😂😂

  • Liam Foskett

     2 months ago

    That bald dude is yet another example of every hardcore/punk/metal fan being intelligent and gentle

  • Tingleking asmr

     29 days ago

    Liam Foskett they are scared of our intelligence