Frankenchrist is the third album released by the American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. The album is an example of the progressive, psychedelic m.T.V. – Get Off The Air – Dead Kennedys – Frankenchrist of Dead Kennedys’ musical personality.
The spaghetti western soundtrack influence is also noticeable in the horn parts and in East Bay Ray’s atmospheric guitar work. Frankenchrist is noted for its relative lack of traditionally ‘hardcore’ material. The album was a subject of controversy because of a poster inserted in the original record sleeve. XX, or Penis Landscape, was a painting depicting rows of penises and vulvae. Frankenchrist’s front cover itself depicts a Shriners parade, featuring Shriners members driving miniature cars, wearing their distinctive red fez hats. The four Shriners members pictured in the photograph sued Dead Kennedys in 1986. All tracks written by Dead Kennedys, except when stated.
Album Cover Prompts Suit From Shriners”. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Albums with cover art by H. This page was last edited on 2 April 2018, at 04:34. American committee formed in 1985 with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers. In 1985, the PMRC also released what they called the “Filthy Fifteen”, a list of the 15 songs they found most objectionable. In August 1985, 19 record companies agreed to put “Parental Guidance: Explicit Lyrics” labels on albums to warn consumers of explicit lyrical content.
Before the labels could be put into place, the Senate agreed to hold a hearing on so-called “porn rock”. Susan Baker testified that “There certainly are many causes for these ills in our society, but it is our contention that the pervasive messages aimed at children which promote and glorify suicide, rape, sadomasochism, and so on, have to be numbered among the contributing factors. Tipper Gore asked record companies to voluntarily “plac a warning label on music products inappropriate for younger children due to explicit sexual or violent lyrics. National PTA Vice President for Legislative Activity Millie Waterman related the PTA’s role in the debate, and proposed printing the symbol “R” on the cover of recordings containing “explicit sexual language, violence, profanity, the occult and glorification of drugs and alcohol”, and providing lyrics for “R”-labeled albums. Joe Stuessy, a music professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke regarding the power of music to influence behavior. Folk rock musician John Denver stated he was “strongly opposed to censorship of any kind in our society or anywhere else in the world”, and that in his experience censors often misinterpret music, as was the case with his song “Rocky Mountain High”. Notable snippets of audio from the hearing found their way into Zappa’s audiocollage “Porn Wars”, released on the Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention album.
This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. You can help by converting this section to prose, if appropriate. On November 1, 1985, before the hearing ended, the RIAA agreed to put “Parental Advisory” labels on selected releases at their own discretion. The labels were generic, unlike the original idea of a descriptive label categorizing the explicit lyrics.
It is uncertain whether the “Tipper sticker” is effective in preventing children from being exposed to explicit content. Some, citing the “forbidden-fruit effect”, suggest that the sticker actually increases record sales. Fire, stated: “For the most part might even sell more records in some areas – all you’ve got to do is tell somebody this is a no-no and then that’s what they want to go see. The sticker on the record is what makes ’em sell gold. The more you try to suppress us, the larger we get. In a world with major pollution and guns ablaze,” John Lydon marveled, “they have to pick on someone using foul language.
In 1987, the punk rock band NOFX released an EP titled The P. The Megadeth song “Hook In Mouth” from their 1988 album So Far, So Good So What! In his book The Ice Opinion, Ice-T wrote “Tipper Gore is the only woman I ever directly called a bitch on any of my records, and I meant that in the most negative sense of the word. On “You Shoulda Killed Me Last Year”, his spoken-word outro to his album O.
The liner notes of Sonic Youth’s 1990 album Goo include a cartoon with the caption “SMASH THE PMRC. The cover art for the 1990 PDQ Bach album Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities features a “Pathetic Advisory: Inane Lyrics” warning label. Tipper let the war against the record industry, she said she saw the devil on her MTV”. The 1990 Dead Milkmen song “Do the Brown Nose” includes the lyrics You, yes you, here’s a dime, run out and call the PMRC. On July 18, 1993, Rage Against the Machine protested against the PMRC at Lollapalooza III by standing naked onstage with duct tape covering their mouths and the letters PMRC on their chests. The band used up their 14-minute performance time without playing any songs.
New York based thrash band Anthrax wrote and composed a song called “Startin’ Up A Posse” for their 1991 release Attack of the Killer B’s. This song ridicules the members of the PMRC. Seminal punk rock band The Ramones recorded for their 1992 album Mondo Bizarro the song “Censorshit” about how rock and rap albums are being censored by the PMRC. The 1997 Canadian punk band Reset album No Worries features a track titled “Go Away”, which is entirely about their disapproval of the PMRC and Tipper Gore, with one line directly naming Gore.