Composer Nicole Lizée takes aim at PMRC's 'Filthy 15' list of offensive songs
At one point in time in the mid-1980s, Madonna's song Dress You Up was considered one of the most offensive songs on the planet. That's when the Parents Music Resource Center added it to their "Filthy 15" list.
The PMRC was a committee led by wives of U.S. politicians, including former second lady Mary "Tipper" Gore and Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker. The group was also behind the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" warnings on potentially offensive records.
One of their first orders of business was drafting a list of songs that they felt were unsuitable for young people to hear, the so-called Filthy 15. Along with Madonna, that list included Prince, Cyndi Lauper and a lot of heavy metal. This angered many young music fans, including a pre-teen metal head from Saskatchewan, named Nicole Lizée. She grew up to become a world-renowned contemporary composer.
Now, Lizée is getting her revenge on the PMRC. She just premiered her latest musical work called The Filthy Fifteen, which takes aim at the PMRC and their attempt at censorship. Lizée joined Tom Power from a studio in Montreal to walk through some of this new music she's made and the "offensive" songs she's refused to let go of from 30 years ago.
— Produced by Ben Edwards