“Can you believe that happened? Can you believe Al Gore did that? What a waste. Nobody buys albums anymore. And Disney would do our stuff now.”

Twisted Sister performs at Merrweather. (Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post)

— Twisted Sister guitarist and founder Jay Jay French, at Merriweather Post’s M3 hair-metal festival, recalling the heated debates over raunchy rock lyrics, prompted by Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center, that climaxed with the band’s frontman Dee Snider testifying before Congress. Read more on the scene from Dave McKenna: At the M3 Festival with Twisted Sister and 80s metal fans


(Video: Dee Snider testifies before Congress in 1985)

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