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  • The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later

    The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later
    The parents of many, if not most, of the Nose’s gentle readers might not yet have had the sex that spawned them when, in 1985, the issue of raunchy rock lyrics erupted in the U.S. Senate’s “porn rock” hearing. It was a free-speech rock fan’s wet dream, this highly public spectacle that prompted the Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) to affix “Parental Advisory” stickers on musical releases it deemed possibly offensive to the sexual sensibilities of the parents of minors. Rock stars sparred with U.S. senators as bawdy lyrics such as those from the Mentors’ scat-rock classic ‘Golden Showers,’ with its Nose-flaring reference to “anal vapors,” were recited into the Congressional Record. If a DVD of the hearing were released today, the Motion Picture Association of America would likely feel compelled to give it an “R” rating.
  • Wandering Eye: The many sides of parking in Hampden, the NFL's empty domestic violence response, and more

    Wandering Eye: The many sides of parking in Hampden, the NFL's empty domestic violence response, and more
    Thirty years ago, the U.S. Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held famous hearings about what sexed-up rockers like Prince and Judas Priest had been putting out—so-called "porn rock"—and Washingtonian has...

    Wandering Eye: A new arena for Baltimore?, books are unsurprisingly better than tablets for paying attention, and more

    Wandering Eye: A new arena for Baltimore?, books are unsurprisingly better than tablets for paying attention, and more
    Kevin Litten at the Baltimore Business Journal broke the news last night that Cordish Cos. is testing the waters for a huge project: nestling a giant venue between the Power Plant and Harbor East that would replace the Royal Farms Arena (what some still...

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more
    City Paper's Year in Photos is a compelling view, but also check out the White House's version. Bill Murray's in there, and Obama with the Easter Bunny, and with Vladimir Putin (and with a koala bear, with Putin in the background), and lots of babies,...

    Wandering Eye: Proof that trickle-down economics are harmful, UVA fraternities fight back, and more

    Wandering Eye: Proof that trickle-down economics are harmful, UVA fraternities fight back, and more
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris has taken a deep, data-driven look at the effects since the 1980s of trickle-down economics, the signature economic-policy achievement of the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret...