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9 things you may not know about the Parental Advisory sticker

February 26, 2015

Thirty years ago, Tipper Gore and the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) tried to ruin music for everyone.

A collective of politicians and religious leaders, the people who made up PMRC were almost as worked up as they were privileged. In fact, they were so up in arms about the naughty words they were hearing in modern music, they crusaded to destroy it because Jesus, probably. After years of talk show smackdowns, senate depositions, and nude protests, the PMRC’s only tangible victory was the parental advisory warning, a barely-noticeable black and white sticker on the bottom right corner of albums that were deemed offensive.

For such a tiny sticker, its creation was a huge pain in the ass for musicians. Here are some of the most ridiculous things that happened along the way.

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