September 19, 1985, is a date that holds a spot in metalheads’ hearts: the day that music went to battle with Washington. That date is recounted within the second episode of Paramount+’s docuseries, I WANNA ROCK: THE 80’S METAL DREAM. In HollywoodLife’s EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at episode 2, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider remembers the day he testified earlier than the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee over implementing a ranking system over music lyrics. “Conservatives determined to charge rock data,” Dee says within the clip. “This was a crack within the First Modification.”

“The decision got here in to testify earlier than the Senate listening to,” says Dee. “I assumed I used to be being requested to hold the flag into battle. ‘Dee, we would like you to guide the armies – the Rock & Roll Armies – into battle.’ Hell f—cking yeah!” From there, I WANNA ROCK exhibits the traditional footage of Dee strolling into Congress in a denim vest, a studded leather-based belt, blue denims, and pure confidence. “They actually thought they had been going to make a idiot out of me,” says Dee. “You actually ought to have vetted me lots higher.”


This second was considered one of 80’s steel’s highest or lowest factors, relying on who you ask. I WANNA ROCK, the three-part docuseries on Paramount+, particulars how heavy steel took maintain of America in that decade and the way it confronted many challenges all through the 80s: drug use, sexism, Congressional hearings, and altering musical tastes. Whereas the primary episode detailed the rise, the third will channel the autumn, with grunge and different slowly taking up the highlight as soon as held by spandex and big hair.

I WANNA ROCK premiered solely on Paramount+ within the U.S. and Canada on July 18. It’ll hit the streaming service within the U.Okay. and Australia on July 19, with additional worldwide markets to observe later this Summer season.


As for what Dee spoke about in Episode 02, the 1985 listening to was in response to the Dad and mom Music Useful resource Middle, a bunch based by 4 ladies with political connections: Tipper Gore, spouse of Senator/Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, spouse of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, spouse of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, spouse of ex-Washington Metropolis Council Chairman John Nevius. The PMRC is thought for publishing the “Filthy Fifteen,” an inventory of songs with lyrical content material that they discovered objectional. The record included:

  • Prince, “Darling Nikki”
  • Sheena Easton, “Sugar Partitions”
  • Judas Priest, “East Me Alive”
  • Vainness, “Strap On ‘Robbie Child’”
  • Motley Crue, “Bastard”
  • AC/DC, “Let Me Put My Love Into You:
  • Twisted Sister, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
  • Madonna, “Costume You Up”
  • W.A.S.P., “Animal (F—Okay Like A Beast)”
  • Def Leppard, “Excessive ‘N’ Dry (Saturday Evening)”
  • Mercyful Destiny, “Into The Coven”
  • Black Sabbath, “Trashed”
  • Mary Jane Ladies, “In My Home”
  • Venom, “Possessed”
  • Cyndi Lauper, “She Bop”

The PMRC wished related scores for data as there have been for motion pictures – e.g. O for occult themes, S for intercourse, D for medicine, V for violence. With 9 songs making up the “Filthy Fifteen,” Dee spoke out towards the potential of a authorities physique figuring out what was appropriate for public consumption. Two different musicians – Frank Zappa and John Denver – joined Dee in opposing governmental regulation.

“The great thing about literature, poetry, and music is that they depart room for the viewers to place its personal creativeness, experiences, and desires into the phrases. The examples I cited earlier confirmed clear proof of Twisted Sister’s music being utterly misinterpreted and unfairly judged by supposedly well-informed adults,” Dee said in his testimony. “We can not enable this to proceed. There isn’t a authority who has the best or the required perception to make these judgments, not myself, not the Federal Authorities, not some recording business committee, not the PTA, not the RIAA, and definitely not the PMRC.”

Earlier than the listening to resulted in November, the RIAA agreed to implement the now notorious “Parental Advisory” stickers on data.

Snider has by no means shied from expressing himself. In 2023, he inadvertently discovered himself within the heart of a political controversy after weighing in on a publish by KISS member Paul Stanley about trans children. Paul, 71, stated that “as a result of a bit boy likes to play costume up in his sister’s garments or a woman in her brother’s,” it shouldn’t imply that oldsters ought to “lead them steps additional down a path that’s removed from the innocence of what they’re doing.” Dee shared the assertion, including, “There was a time the place I ‘felt fairly’ too. Glad my mother and father didn’t soar to any rash conclusions!”

There was an instantaneous backlash, with many taking Paul’s feedback as anti-trans/transphobic and Dee’s phrases as condoning these sentiments. “I noticed what Paul stated, and I primarily agreed about him saying children aren’t able to make these selections,” Dee instructed Fortune in regards to the feedback.

Dee was supposed to look because the Grand Marshal for San Francisco’s Delight Parade, however Dee instructed Fortune that the choice for him to not attend was mutual. “‘I believe I mustn’t attend. Look, we disagree on this topic, I’m in assist of you guys, I don’t need to trigger you issues, let me bow out earlier than you even announce it.’”

“You may’t afford to be alienating supporters, individuals who stand with you, sing with you, march with you, simply because they don’t agree with each single factor you say,” he instructed Fortune. “I’m a supporter of the trans group and the homosexual group. I wearing drag and stood tall, and impressed thousands and thousands of younger women and men to be themselves.”

Paul later issued a statement about how “whereas my ideas had been clear, my phrases actually weren’t” and that he helps “these scuffling with their sexuality identification whereas enduring fixed hostility and people whose path leads them to reassignment surgical procedure. It’s laborious to fathom the type of conviction that one should really feel to take these steps. “Dee would additionally write on Twitter that he was “open to educating myself so I generally is a higher ally” following this incident.

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