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Monday, August 2, 2010

Dee Snider vs Al & Tipper Gore - He Who Laughs Last

Some people may remember, long before Al Gore invented the Internet and global warming, he was a Senator from Tennessee and his wife, Tipper, gained international prominence for her campaign against Heavy Metal music which she claimed was corrupting America's youth.

The warning labels now on cd's that have "offensive" lyrics are an outgrowth of her efforts, and there was a "Filthy Fifteen" list of what Tipper's Group, The Parents' Music Resource Center, deemed the most egregious offenders.

Dee Snider, the lead singer of the bizarre 80's group Twisted Sister, appeared at a Senate inquiry and got into a heated exchange with Mr. Gore, over Snider's saying that Tipper Gore was looking for a Sado-masochistic interpretation of a song, so of course she found it.

Flash forward 26 years.

Dee Snider is still married to the same woman and his children have never been arrested for drug offenses.

Al Gore is divorced, facing numerous sexual harassment and assault charges and his son, Al Gore III was arrested for drug possession in 2007.

Maybe the Gores would have been better off if they had listened to more Heavy Metal.

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