Thursday, March 11, 2021

My Pre- & Post-Electoral Prescription (reprise)

THE CUTTING EDGE INTERVIEW WITH FRANK ZAPPA  
FRANK ZAPPA ON THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW (1980s)
(Poor quality transfer from VHS archive but Frank is in top form here!)
 
FRANK ZAPPA TAKES ON THE PRMC ON CNN'S CROSSFIRE 

What the fuck is the PMRC? This is Wikipedia's take on it: The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. They were known as the "Washington wives" — a reference to their husbands' connections with the federal government. The Center eventually grew to include 22 directors. The PMRC claimed that popular music, and especially hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal music, was partially responsible for the perceived contemporary increase in violence, rape, teenage pregnancy, and teen suicide. The group's mission was "to educate and inform parents" about "the growing trend in music towards lyrics that are sexually explicit, excessively violent, or glorify the use of drugs and alcohol," and to seek the rating of music. Even though the PMRC was meant to do damage to record sales of the artist who made the songs with explicit lyrics, Bret Michaels, of Poison, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot all stated on Vh1's "Heavy: The Story of Metal"" that the PMRC was one of the best things to happen to rock music since it almost guaranteed that disgruntled children would buy the record in question...

Crossfire 1986 

AND NOW, LABIES & GENITALMEN, GEORGE BUSH PAYS HOMAGE TO FRANK ZAPPA... (YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS!)

I don't know who put this together but it's totally inspired. Music track: "Bobby Brown" by Frank Zappa.

[First posted 11 March 2008]

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