ANNOUNCER: Among the most successful albums condemned by the Parents’ Music Resource Center are “Dirty Mind” by Prince, Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry,” which has sold more than two million copies, and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” a former number one record which has been on the charts for 41 weeks.
KOPPEL: His group was called Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. His underground hits carried such classic titles as “Suzie Creamcheese,” “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” and “Call Any Vegetable,” plus several with lyrics that we’d have trouble quoting. In the early ‘70s, Zappa and his group were banned from the Royal Albert Hall in London in a dispute over obscenity. Frank Zappa joins us now live in our Los Angeles bureau. And joining us in our Washington studio, Kandy Stroud, freelance journalist and spokesperson for the Parents’ Music Resource Center, which is campaigning for a rating system for pop albums and tapes. Frank, give me a sense of limits. Are there any?
FRANK ZAPPA: Are there limits? ... Yes, I think there should (be), and those limits that you’re talking about for sexual information for children are a matter for parents to decide for themselves... (read more)