Where Is Our Zappa?
This transcript of Frank Zappa's 1985 testimony before a Congressional hearing on "Contents of Music and the Lyrics of Records" is an inspirational read:
No one has forced Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Gore to bring Prince or Sheena Easton into their homes. Thanks to the Constitution, they are free to buy other forms of music for their children. Apparently, they insist on purchasing the works of contemporary recording artists in order to support a personal illusion of aerobic sophistication. Ladies, please be advised: The $8.98 purchase price does not entitle you to a kiss on the foot from the composer or performer in exchange for a spin on the family Victrola. Taken as a whole, the complete list of PMRC demands reads like an instruction manual for some sinister kind of "toilet training program" to house-break all composers and performers because of the lyrics of a few. Ladies, how dare you?
Update from Vitriolix:
Yes, who will be our Zappa today? This video of his 1986 appearance on Crossfire came across C&L recently. Zappa looks pretty miffed by the stupidity of the arguments going on around him and loses it a bit:
Frank Zappa: "You can kiss my ass" on Crossfire '86