Saturday, December 14, 2013

1990: Donahue Examines Indecency & Obscenity In Popular Music - Campbell, Biafra, O. Williams and Muir -VS- Members of The American Family Association

As we enjoy doing rather frequently around here, today, thanks to the virtual time-travelling miracle known as Youtube, we're stepping back into the past once again, this time to the glorious days of the summer and fall of 1990. It was an odd, scary time when record store employees in Florida and elsewhere were facing not only being arrested but actually prosecuted for the simple act of selling copies of 2 Live Crew's controversial (then new) album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" to "minors under the age of 18 years old" - an out of control situation that that was almost too hard to believe. But the threat was all too real. If you were a rock or rap music fan in those days you probably remember that time well.

Always on the cutting edge of any kind of societal conflict, T.V. host Phil Donahue, in this episode of his long-running interview show, spends an hour playing host to a dream cast of musicians including 2 Live Crew founder Luther Campbell, along with Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics) and Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) who team up to defend their art form from the attacks coming from "concerned" organizations such as the American Family Association, Focus On The Family, The P.M.R.C., and our old favorites, The Peters Brothers.

1 comment:

DaveCromwell said...

Nice bit of history here - about a very important (still!) subject. Great to see Wendy O Williams there. I remember going to see The Plasmatics a bunch of times in the early 80's, and being totally blown away by the cheers force, touch of danger and scary sex appeal of the shows. Good stuff.