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Audio and recordings in the United States containing excessive use of profane language

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If used in a proper context I'm all for it.

  • Aug 7, 2010

Explicit lyrics in music is fine with me if it fits in with the song.  But if it's there just to either express faux rage or trying to hide the fact that they can't write meaningful lyrics then I really don't care for it.  It's fine with me if it's used properly in a song but if the performer is saying it just to say it then I don't care for it.  I find that there's a double standard in music today.  Some albums I have listened to in the past use foul language but there's no explicit lyric sticker on the cover of the CD (The Clash's first two albums have a few dirty words in there and The Who's Who Are You has a big one on that song)..  But a rap album could have only a couple of bad words on it and they have a giant explicit lyrics sticker on it. 

Until the matter of double standards in music with the Tipper sticker is cleared up then I don't really mind explicit lyrics in music at all.  Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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review by . August 06, 2010
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It's a free country but I have absolutely no use for any of this stuff.
Recently I made up a list here on Lunch that I dubbed “These are a few of my least favorite things”.  For the most part this was kind of a fun list but one of the items that I put near the top of my list was “explicit lyrics”.  I have precious little tolerance for most of this stuff and I have always been baffled by those who listen to this garbage and find it entertaining.   And while I positively detest this music I would never attempt to legislate …
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Parental Advisory is a message affixed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to audio and recordings in the United States containing excessive use of profane language. Albums began to be labeled for "explicit lyrics" in 1985, after pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). In 2000, the PMRC worked with the RIAA to standardize the label, creating the now-familiar black and white design. The first albums to receive the label in its new form included Danzig's self-titled album, Soundgarden's Louder Than Love, Guns N Roses's Appetite For Destruction, and 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be and had the label in the form of a sticker on the cellophane wrap. The first hip hop album that received the label is Ice-T's debut album Rhyme Pays, released in 1987, whose lyrics were associated with gangsta rap, and popularized the genre. Later pressings of Danzig's self-titled, as well as many new albums with the label after 1992, had the label printed onto the artwork. To some, it has become known as the "Tipper sticker" because of Tipper Gore's visible role in the PMRC.

Some retailers (such as Wal-Mart) refuse to sell albums containing the label, and many others limit the sale of such albums to adults only, although, most stores have settled on an age limit of 17 in order to buy an album containing the label. In some countries, however, such as the United Kingdom, albums displaying the sticker are ...

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