Whether or not you are alive in the 1980s, you are probably at least somewhat aware of the satanic panic and all the drama it has caused. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) has compiled a list of 15 songs, dubbed the “Filthy 15”, and we’re revisiting them today to analyze how graphic these songs are. really have been.
The Filthy 15 featured songs about sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, and the occult. You will notice that the majority of them are rock and metal songs. Led by Tipper Gore, the PMRC has put together this collection of tracks to promote the narrative that music should be categorized the same as movies so parents know if their kids are consuming graphic content.
As Rolling Stone pointed out, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) simply put a black and white sticker on the front of certain albums and songs, which read “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics”.
After reading the lyrics to all the songs on Filthy 15, we’re scratching our heads a bit. Of course, some of them contain sexual innuendos and talk about drunk driving, and others directly refer to satanic rituals such as drinking blood.
But they’re still not … bad, especially by today’s standards, where songs about sex and drugs are constantly climbing to the top of the charts. A lot of people have been bowled over by Cardi B’s “WAP”, but there hasn’t been a lot of movement surrounding her and other songs that sound like her.
Perhaps the most confusing song on the whole list is Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, which literally contains no negative connotations other than the word “fight.” This is probably why Dee Snider joined Frank Zappa and John Denver in testifying before the Senate Trade Committee that the âParental Advisoryâ stickers were a form of censorship.
The other artists on the list were Motley Crue, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Judas Priest and more. By the end of the gallery, you’ll probably be scratching your head, too. Scroll through the images below to read the … “worst” … lyrics by Filthy 15.
Satanic Panic’s Worst Lyrics of “Filthy 15”
The most graphic lyrics of “Filthy 15”.