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Vox finds out the fascinating history of the “Parental Advisory” sticker. We’ve all seen the sticker slapped on some of our favourite albums. But why was it even introduced in the first place? Well, the real catalyst to the stickers introduction was the presence (or perceived presence) of the devil and satan in pop music.


Yes, you read that right, it was an attempt to censor satan. In the 80s Heavy Metal rockers were getting more and more crazy with their lyrics and music. Bands like Black Sabbath and Motley Crue were making outlandish odes to the devil and were featuring occult imagery in their videos and music.

Find Out The Fascinating History of The "Parental Advisory" Sticker

Parents were horrified and worried that their kids were at risk. Of course, the real threat was minimal, with rock groups often purposefully writing over the top, scary songs for sales and had no actual affiliation with the devil. But, as the 80s wore on, a battle between crazy rockers and concerned parents was taking place. All of this resulted in the decision to create the Parental Advisory sticker we know today.

Parental Advisory|Vox|Documentary

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