In this episode we get down and dirty with a closer look at the infamous Filthy 15 list of rock and pop songs, put out by the PMRC in 1985.
What happens in 1985 when politicians' wives, with way too much time on their hands, catch their children walking around the house singing songs they find objectionable? Find out in this episode of Growin’ Up Rock, as Sonny and Steven explore the PMRC and the so-called list of Filthy 15 songs that were put on this earth to destroy the youth of America. We discuss, in our opinions, what they got right and what they got so horribly wrong. We rock some of the songs on the list so you can judge for yourself, and we play one that missed the list. In 1985, there were a million tunes that could have made the list, so why these 15?
Music is an art form which we feel should be left open to interpretation, not censored by people who think they know what I should and should not be listening to.
That being said, with what is out in the world today, I do think parents should be doing their job, and listen to what little Timmy and Suzie are listening to, so they can decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not they are mature enough to handle the content and not do damage to an impressionable developing mind that was not ready to hear it yet in the first place.
The Filthy 15
1 Prince (1984) "Darling Nikki" - Sex/Masturbation
2 Sheena Easton (1984)"Sugar Walls" - Sex
3 Judas Priest (1984)"Eat Me Alive" - Sex
4 Vanity (1984) "Strap On 'Robbie Baby'" - Sex
5. Mötley Crüe (1983) "Bastard" - Violence/Language
6 AC/DC (1980) "Let Me Put My Love Into You" - Sex
7 Twisted Sister (1984) "We're Not Gonna Take It" - Violence
8 Madonna (1985) "Dress You Up" - Sex
9. W.A.S.P. (1984) "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" - Sex/Language
10 Def Leppard (1981)"High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" - Drug and alcohol use
11 Mercyful Fate (1983) "Into the Coven" - Occult
12 Black Sabbath (1983) "Trashed" - Drug and alcohol use
13 Mary Jane Girls (1984) "In My House" - Sex
14 Venom (1985) "Possessed" - Occult
15 Cyndi Lauper (1984) "She Bop" - Sex/Masturbation
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