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W.A.S.P. Blackie Lawless Says He Got Shot At, Death Threats & Bomb Scares, Over PMRC Debate

For The Metal Voice, the Man on The Street Kenny Kessel was at The Paramount in Huntington N.Y. where W.A.S.P. Blackie Lawless conducted a Fans Q & A on Nov 18, 2022

Watch full Q and A here

During the Q and A Blackie was asked by a fan what happened after PMRC debate and how it affected the band and if the PMRC tried to shut the band down at the time. Lawless responded," it changed my life, if that's what you mean. It made me more of a recluse. A couple thousand death threats and bomb scares and getting shot at a couple of times usually has a tendency to alter your outlook on life a little. Also we were exposed to extreme pain very early and fame is kind of like this. If this table is a smorgasbord, it's like an evil Genie stands down at the end of the the smorgasbord and says you can take anything you want but if you take one thing you take it all. You do not get to pick and choose, so all the good stuff that you like in the smorgasbord that's wonderful but you got to take the bad stuff too. So it ends up being a life-altering experience but one I don't think you can ever really go back at least I haven't too. "

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an 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. The committee was founded by four women known as the "Washington Wives"—a reference to their husbands' connections with government in the Washington, D.C. area. The women who founded the PMRC are 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 former Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. The PMRC eventually grew to include 22 participants before shutting down in the mid-to-late 1990s.

One of the actions taken by the PMRC was compiling a list of fifteen songs in popular music, at the time, that they found the most objectionable. This list is known as the "Filthy Fifteen" and consists of the following songs along with the lyrical content category for which each song was considered objectionable. W.A.S.P "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" was number 9


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